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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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Celebrity Reflection
Celebrity Reflection

10 Night
10 Nt Italy,croatia & Montenegro CruiseDetails

1,861 Reviews
Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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Italy & Greek Islands CruiseDetails

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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Norwegian Epic
Norwegian Epic

9 Night
Eastern Mediterranean Details

4,158 Reviews
Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Nov 11, 2021
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Brilliance of the Seas
Brilliance of the Seas

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Greece & Croatia CruiseDetails

Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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7 Night
Greek Isles CruiseDetails

Leaving:Haifa
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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9 Night
Eastern Mediterranean Details

Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Apr 8, 2022
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10 Night
Venice, Turkey & Greek IslandsDetails

Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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11 Night
Mediterranean - Eastern CruiseDetails

371 Reviews
Leaving:Istanbul
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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11 Night
Italy, Turkey & Greek IslandsDetails

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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7 Night
Greek Isles CruiseDetails

Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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6 Night
Italy & Adriatic CruiseDetails

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
May 9, 2022
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10 Nt Italy,croatia & Montenegro CruiseDetails

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Aug 26, 2022
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10 Nt Italy,croatia & Montenegro CruiseDetails

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Oct 7, 2022
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7 Night
Greek Isles CruiseDetails

7 Reviews
Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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Italy & Greek Islands CruiseDetails

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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7 Night
Greek & Adriatic CruiseDetails

Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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11 Night
Western Mediterranean CruiseDetails

Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Apr 24, 2022
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7 Night
Adriatic DelightsDetails

Leaving:Dubrovnik
Cruise Line:Marella Cruises (formerly Thomson Cruises)
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10 Night
Adriatic To Aegean VoyageDetails

Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Azamara
Apr 9, 2022
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7 Night
Mediterranean - Eastern CruiseDetails

Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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11 Night
Iconic Med VoyageDetails

Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Azamara
Aug 4, 2023
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10 Night
Venice, Turkey & Greek IslandsDetails

Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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9 Night
Canary Islands & Spain CruiseDetails

Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Nov 9, 2022
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Mediterranean - Eastern CruiseDetails

Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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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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