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Mediterranean Cruises

Florence, Italy (Photo: Nattee Chalermtiragool/Shutterstock)

About Mediterranean Cruises

From the pristine beaches and ancient ruins of the Eastern Mediterranean to the artsy and flavorful countries of the Western Mediterranean, this region is easily one of the most diverse in the world. Revel at Spanish and Italian architecture, soak up some sun in Greece, explore antiquities in Istanbul and Malta or get a taste of the French countryside on the outskirts of Nice, Monte Carlo or Cannes. Some Med itineraries dip down into northern Africa; the Canary Islands are also a popular stop for repositioning cruises.

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MSC Lirica
MSC Lirica

9 Night
Mediterranean CruiseDetails

223 Reviews
Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Oct 24, 2022
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Nautica
Nautica

10 Night
Mediterranean CruiseDetails

347 Reviews
Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
May 5, 2022
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MSC Splendida
MSC Splendida

6 Night
Mediterranean CruiseDetails

Leaving:Trieste
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Sep 25, 2021
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MSC Meraviglia
MSC Meraviglia

6 Night
Mediterranean CruiseDetails

479 Reviews
Leaving:Madeira
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Apr 20, 2022
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Royal Caribbean

7 Night
Mediterranean - Eastern CruiseDetails

Leaving:Kusadasi
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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6 Night
Mediterranean - Western CruiseDetails

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Nov 3, 2021
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11 Night
Greek Isles & Italy Details

Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Oct 31, 2021
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3 Night
Mediterranean - Western CruiseDetails

Leaving:Malaga
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Nov 25, 2021
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10 Night
10 Nt Italy,croatia & Montenegro CruiseDetails

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Oct 7, 2022
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9 Night
Italian Riviera & France CruiseDetails

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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9 Night
Italian Riviera & France CruiseDetails

Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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7 Night
Mediterranean - Western CruiseDetails

Leaving:Marseille
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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9 Night
9 Nt Florence, Portofino & Venice CruiseDetails

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Jul 2, 2022
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5 Night
Mediterranean - Western CruiseDetails

1 Review
Leaving:Taormina
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Oct 26, 2021
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7 Night
Greek Isles CruiseDetails

4 Reviews
Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
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9 Night
Eastern Mediterranean Details

Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Nov 11, 2021
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8 Night
Med Highlights CruiseDetails

Leaving:Haifa
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Oct 31, 2022
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6 Night
Mediterranean - Western CruiseDetails

Leaving:Genoa
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Nov 7, 2021
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4 Night
Aegean Sampler VoyageDetails

784 Reviews
Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Azamara
Nov 2, 2021
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7 Night
Mediterranean - Eastern CruiseDetails

Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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7 Night
Italy, France, & Spain CruiseDetails

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
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10 Night
Three Seas Adventure 1Details

Leaving:Tenerife
Cruise Line:Marella Cruises (formerly Thomson Cruises)
Apr 26, 2022
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7 Night
Mediterranean - Western CruiseDetails

Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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7 Night
Mediterranean - Western CruiseDetails

Leaving:Genoa
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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11 Night
Greek Isles & Italy Details

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Norwegian Cruise Line
Sep 23, 2021
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What is the best time to cruise to the Mediterranean?

The Mediterranean is part of Europe, and as such, summer is the most popular time to cruise, but sailings are offered through the shoulder seasons of spring and fall -- and even into December. The late autumn months can be surprisingly mild, and are a much calmer time to cruise to the Med. For more information: Best Months to Cruise the Mediterranean.

Which cruise lines go to the Mediterranean?

A wide variety of large, small and luxury lines cruise the romantic ports of the Mediterranean. These include Viking Ocean Cruises, Norwegian, MSC, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Holland America, Crystal and Azamara.

What are some things to do in the Mediterranean?

Cruises to the Mediterranean are typically divided into Eastern and Western itineraries. The Western Med includes Italy, Monaco, France and Spain, with plenty of museums, culinary tours, wineries, cathedrals and architecture to ogle. The Eastern Mediterranean contains historic attractions including the ruins of Greece and Turkey, along with sacred sites in Israel or active pursuits hiking Montenegro or Croatia. For more: Best Western Mediterranean Shore Excursions.

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

Yes.

What should I pack for a cruise to the Mediterranean?

Be sure to pack comfortable clothing -- and especially shoes -- for long days of sightseeing. However, Europeans tend to dress with a bit of panache; to fit in, pack a stylish scarf or hat, and maybe leave your lanyards and socks and sandals at home.

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Calvi
Cannes
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Istanbul
Izmir
Jerusalem
Katakolon (Olympia)
Koper
Korcula
Kotor
Kusadasi
La Rochelle-La Pallice
Limassol
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Malta (Valletta)
Marseille
Monaco (Monte Carlo)
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Nice
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Savona
Sete
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Syros

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Thessaloniki

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