Cruise Holidays Guide : Great Times In The Mediterranean Bookmark and Share

The Mediterranean is the topic for this part of our cruise holidays guide…

Without a doubt, the most diverse type of cruise available today is the Mediterranean cruise. There are more than 120 seaports, and  17 different countries, around the Mediterranean coastline, offering numerous combinations of cruise vacations over one-week, two-week or longer trips.

Over 50 companies offer Mediterranean cruise packages with numerous cruise routes. Some specialize in Western Mediterranean cruises, focusing on ports around Spain, Portugal, Italy, Morocco and France. Others have Eastern Mediterranean cruises, concentrating on Greece, Turkey, Croatia and Middle Eastern countries.

Cyprus, Malta, and other Greek Islands are popular destinations among Mediterranean cruise lines, along with North African ports. It’s also possible to arrange a cruise that will let you take in most if not all of the Mediterranean countries, if you’d like a longer vacation.

Culture, history, ancient monuments, fabulous cities, breathtaking views and romantic islands are all close by on a Mediterranean cruise. Exploring the Western Mediterranean allows you to see the traditional Andalucian white villages in the south of Spain, try world-renowned Manzanilla sherry while in Cadiz, and take part in the cultural center of Europe, in the form of Barcelona, before heading on towards the French Riviera.

A cruise that takes in the wonderful coastline of Italy yields such treasures as the dormant volcano of Mt Vesuvius, ancient Pompeii and the stunning city of Rome. The islands of Sicily and Sardinia hold many delights too on a Western Mediterranean cruise. In Eastern Mediterranean, passengers on a cruise can explore the beautiful coastline of Croatia and the city of Dubrovnik, before heading south east to discover classic Greece and surrounding islands. It’s always worthwhile to visit the island of Crete, if only to view the historically significant Palace of Knossos.

A visit to the holy city of Jerusalem is a worthwhile excursion from both Israeli ports – Haifa and Ashdod – on a Mediterranean cruise of the Middle East. Port Said in Egypt is a great place to visit also. Port Said has access to the world-renowned Suez Canal, where vessels travel into the Red Sea and on towards the Arabian Sea.

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