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A Cruise in the Mediterranean embodies the history and culture of most of the Western World, and includes places like Greece, Rome, the Middle East and Northern Africa.
 


 
 
Some of Europe's greatest cities and finest resort areas are found along the sun-baked coastlines of the Mediterranean Ocean, including Rome, Barcelona, Athens, Istanbul and more exotic places like Monte Carlo, Nice and Cannes. Every port of call offers splendid art and architecture as well as fabulous food, fine wines and a great atmosphere.

The Mediterranean is usually thought of in two different geographical areas with Italy as the dividing line. Western Mediterranean voyages visits major cities in 
SpainFrance and Italy, with most ships departing from and returning to Barcelona or Rome. Eastern Mediterranean cruises focus on GreeceTurkey and the islands of the Aegean Sea. Many of these cruises depart from and return to Rome Venice and Athens. Some longer cruises may combine eastern and western cities, as well as Atlantic ports and North African cities.

Especially the Greek islands are ideal for cruising. The fascinating ancient ruins and medieval streets in Rhodes, Katakolon and Corfu as well as the charming white-washed villages on the islands of Santorini and Mykonos, make any ports of call a great experience. Add to this the gorgeous beaches to be found on these islands.


When booking a Mediterranean Cruise it is essential to note the actual ports where the ship will be docking. Cruise ships don't sail to Athens, Florence or Rome. Instead they call at Piraeus, Livorno and Civitavecchia, requiring a transfer to the big-name cities. For instance, travel time from Civitavecchia to Rome can take between 1½ and 2 hours.


The majority of Mediterranean cruises sail between May and October, with some offering itineraries in late April or early November as well. You may find better deals on shoulder season cruises, but before you book, make sure you look up average temperatures. A cold-weather cruise can be a lovely escape from the summer crowds or a futile struggle against rain and chill.
 
 

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