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Eastern Mediterranean Cruises

Naples, Italy (Photo: BAHDANOVICH ALENA/Shutterstock)

About Eastern Mediterranean Cruises

If you're a fan of art and antiquities, a cruise to the Eastern Mediterranean is right up your alley. With itineraries that include the Adriatic/Dalmation Coast, Black Sea, Greek Isles and Holy Land, the region is a treasure trove for history lovers. Ports such as Venice and Athens have their own unique flavor, while the Greek Isles, Crete and Cypress lure beachgoers. Religion in the Eastern Mediterranean is varied, do don't miss Dubrovnik's ancient churches, Istanbul's breathtaking mosques or Jerusalem's vibrant synagogues.

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Norwegian Spirit
Norwegian Spirit
Norwegian Spirit

9 Night
Cruise to Eastern MediterraneanDetails

2,145 Reviews
Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Spirit
Norwegian Spirit
Norwegian Spirit

7 Night
Cruise to Eastern MediterraneanDetails

Leaving:Istanbul
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Brilliance of the Seas
Brilliance of the Seas
Brilliance of the Seas

7 Night
Cruise to Eastern MediterraneanDetails

Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Rhapsody of the Seas
Rhapsody of the Seas
Rhapsody of the Seas

6 Night
Cruise to Eastern MediterraneanDetails

Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Celebrity Reflection

12 Night
Cruise to Eastern MediterraneanDetails

1,874 Reviews
Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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MSC Sinfonia

7 Night
Cruise to Eastern MediterraneanDetails

Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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Celebrity Apex

12 Night
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Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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10 Night
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Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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Celebrity Reflection

11 Night
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Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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Celebrity Constellation

10 Night
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Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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Norwegian Jade

9 Night
Cruise to Eastern MediterraneanDetails

Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Epic

9 Night
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Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Celebrity Reflection

12 Night
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Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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Celebrity Infinity

10 Night
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Leaving:Lisbon
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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Celebrity Apex

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Celebrity Constellation

9 Night
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Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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MSC Lirica

7 Night
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264 Reviews
Leaving:Ancona
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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Norwegian Spirit

9 Night
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Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
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Rhapsody of the Seas

7 Night
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Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Rhapsody of the Seas

7 Night
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Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Brilliance of the Seas

7 Night
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Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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What is the best time to cruise to the Eastern Mediterranean?

Eastern Mediterranean cruises -- encompassing dozens of ports in countries like Greece, Israel, Italy and Croatia -- are generally offered from spring through fall, with the most popular time being the summer. If you have a choice, we recommend avoiding those summer months since they tend to be hot and overcrowded. For more: Eastern Mediterranean Cruise Tips.

Which cruise lines go to the Eastern Mediterranean?

There are a wide variety of cruise lines offering Eastern Mediterranean cruises including Royal Caribbean, Princess, Holland America, Disney Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises and more. European lines like MSC and Costa have a big presence here, as well and luxury lines including Regent Seven Seas and Crystal. Some lines, like Azamara, offer country-intensive cruises to just one of these Eastern Mediterranean nations, like Italy or Greece. Others offer itineraries themed "holy lands" that visit notable religious sites.

What are some things to do in the Eastern Mediterranean?

A major highlight of Eastern Mediterranean cruises is visiting historic sites like the Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens, Dubrovnik's Old Town and holy Judeo-Christian pilgrimage sites in Haifa and Jerusalem. But the region is also brimming with gorgeous beaches and incredible food to enjoy.

Do you need a passport to take a cruise to the Eastern Mediterranean?

Yes, a passport is required for Americans to cruise to the Eastern Mediterranean.

What should I pack for a cruise to the Eastern Mediterranean?

Lightweight, comfortable clothing and a swimsuit are essentials in the Eastern Mediterranean, as are comfortable shoes -- sandals for the beach and sneakers for city sightseeing. For visits to monasteries, temples and other religious sites, it's smart to pack a pashmina or shawl that can be used to cover heads or shoulders; skirts or dresses can still be required for women at some holy sites.

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