Cruise tips you can trust
The Mediterranean Sea is the largest sea in the world. It has more than 100 cruise ports and itineraries. Deciding the right itinerary for you is a complex process.
Narrow down your
First decide whether you want to experience the Western or Eastern Mediterranean. Then determine which ports of call appeal to you most.
Then focus on the ports of call and the sightseeing and shore excursions each offers.
Which side is
best for you?
Most first-timers prefer the Western Mediterranean. Seasoned Mediterranean cruisers tend to gravitate to the Eastern Mediterranean.
Some cruise itineraries visit both the Western and Eastern Mediterranean. For instance, you embark in Nice (Western) and disembark in Athens (Eastern), and stop at a variety of ports en route.
You'll likely need to book a small luxury cruise ship if you want to visit the small, picturesque ports of call.
Don't use the port arrival and departure times on a cruise's itinerary schedule to determine how long you will be ashore. You have to subtract the line waiting and transfer times from ship to shore, and back. This could consume a couple of hours or more if you are tendering and are on a large ship.
Helpful Mediterranean cruise tips
Top 10 Mediterranean Ports of Call
1 Civitavecchia Gateway to Rome
2 Piraeus Gateway to Athen
3 Venice Italy
4 Livorno Gateway to Florence
6 Dubrovnik Croatia
7 Naples Gateway to Pompeii + more
8 Marseille Gateway to Provence
9 Nice Gateway to French Riviera
10 Malaga Spain
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