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Experience the Mediterranean on a luxury small ship cruise by Adventure Life. The ultimate way to cruise the Mediterranean is on a luxury-class yacht like the SeaDream I or SeaDream II visiting enchanting ports on the Adriatic sea like the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia, to the canals of Venice, the ruins of ancient Rome, and the island cultures of GreeceSicily, Corsica, Sardinia & Malta. Or, explore the western Mediterranean from the exotic Portuguese culture of Lisbon and Spain's Barcelona to glitzy Monaco, and sunny Nice and Saint-Tropez on the French Riviera. A small ship cruise is far superior to taking a large cruise ship because of the unprecedented levels of luxury and personalized service. Contact one of our Mediterranean luxury cruise specialists for help desiging your dream cruise to the Mediterranean. 

10 Best Mediterranean Cruises for 2019

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Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Mediterranean Nature & Culture$43308Aug 12, 2019Step aboard the Le Lyrial for an unforgettable 8-day Mediterranean cruise between Greece and Italy. Discover the UNESCO designated Amalfi Coast, …
Splendors of the Western Mediterranean$40608Jun 15, 2020Embark on a luxurious small ship 8-day cruise of the Western Mediterranean on Ponant's Le Bougainville. Discover Malta, Sicily, and the Greek Islands …
A Musical Odyssey in the Mediterranean$58408Sep 20, 2019Sail from Athens to Rome aboard Le Bougainville and enjoy its 8-day sailing voyage that focuses on a musical theme. This tour is a combination of …
World Affairs Cruise$64508Oct 11, 2019Board Le Laperouse on this 8-day Mediterranean cruise focusing on modern civilization as you travel from Valletta to Athens. From TV hosts to authors …
The Classical World of The Mediterranean$42308May 18, 2020Join Le Bougainville on a spectacular 8-day small ship cruise sailing to some of the most enchanting destinations in the Mediterranean. Starting in …
Dalmatian Shores$39108Jul 22, 2019During this 8-day cruise, Le Lyrial will take you to Greece, Montenegro, Croatia, and Italy. Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Acropolis of …
From Lisbon to Barcelona: Musical Portugal & Spain$51808Oct 7, 2019Set sail aboard Le Lyrial on an 8-day itinerary that takes you along the Portuguese and Spanish coasts, from Lisbon to Barcelona. Experience a …
From the Canals of Venice to the Stones of Athens$43308Aug 5, 2019On this 8-day Mediterranean cruise aboard luxurious Le Lyrial, admire the wonders of Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, and Greece, Departing from Venice …
From the Tyrrhenian Sea to the Adriatic$43308Aug 19, 2019Step aboard Le Lyrial for an unforgettable 8-day cruise from the Tyrrhenian Sea to the Adriatic. Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites in …
Eastern Mediterranean: Thessaloniki - Piraeus$53958Aug 5, 2019Treat yourself to a luxurious 8-day Greek cruise of the Cyclades aboard the Sea Cloud. Sailing the Aegean Sea from Thessaloniki to Piraeus, you'l …

Top Mediterranean Cruise Deals for 2019

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Trip NameSaveFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Adriatic Odyssey - Tales of 4 Countries Cruise20%$24008Jul 26, 2019This 8-day round-trip cruise from Dubrovnik explores Croatia, Greece, Albania, and Montenegro as you sail the Adriatic Sea aboard the M/Y Callisto. …
Dalmatian Coast & Montenegro20%$24008Jul 19, 2019Discover the most charming medieval towns of the Dalmatian Coast on this incredible 8-day Adriatic cruise aboard the MS Callisto. Departing and …
Classical Greece10%$28908Jul 19, 2019Board the sleek and modern Harmony G for an 8-day small ship Greek cruise that brings you right to the heart of Greece and its mosaic of amazing …
Glories of Spain & Portugal10%$25908Jul 28, 2019Board the Harmony V for an 8-day journey discovering Spain and Portugal's monuments and architectural jewels. Visit historic and cultural locations …
Aegean Odyssey10%$25908Jun 26, 2020A cruise voyage unraveling the Cycladic and Dodecanese islands and Turkey. Discover much-loved or unknown gems with rich history, incomparable light, …
Antiquity to Byzantium10%$12508Nov 1, 2019Explore the Mediterranean Sea from Antiquity to Byzantium aboard the small ship, the MS Galileo. Sail the blue waters of the Mediterranean on this …
Antiquity to Byzantium10%$17908Oct 23, 2020Explore the Mediterranean Sea from Antiquity to Byzantium aboard the small ship, the Panorama. Cruise the blue waters of the Mediterranean on this …
Enchanting landscapes and cultures in Spain and PortugalSavings$25448Sep 12, 2019Embark on MS La Belle de Cadix and join this 8-day cruise towards Spain and Portugal. Visit historic and cultural locations including one of the most …
Under Sail: Greece and the Dalmatian CoastSavings$1294011Aug 21, 2019Spend 11 days immersed in the history & culture of the Mediterranean as you travel aboard the Sea Cloud. Ply the crystal blue waters of the Aegean, …
A trip to admire the beautiful scenery of the Rhône valleySavings$18986Jul 31, 2019Embark on MS Camargue to join its 6-day cruise that will take you to beautiful cities of France including Camargue, Lyon, Martigues, Arles, Avignon …

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Top Islands of the Mediterranean for Luxury Cruising

This expansive sea unifies a diversity of countries and cultures that you will explore from your small ship Mediterranean cruise.

The Greek Isles of Santorini and Mykonos
Step back into the times of the ancient Greeks as you explore the world-renowned ruins, picturesque landscapes and world-famous beaches in sunny Greece.  

Island hopping along the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia
Or enjoy the relaxing beaches and fascinating culture and history of the Adriatic Sea's islands like Mljet National Park, the Elaphiti Islands, Korčula and Hvar.

Cruising the Central Mediterranean in Style
Italy's legendary island of Sicily is circumnavigated on wine and culinary tours and picturesque Sardenia and Corsica mix Italian and French cultures into their own unique island vibes, while the historic fortress-city of Valletta, Malta  
How to Choose a Mediterranean Small Cruise Ship

While we feature over 30 boats to choose from in the Mediterranean, picking the right one can be an exciting part of your trip planning, rather than a headache, and our Europe cruise experts are here to help you every step of the way. So follow this simple process and let us know if you have any questions:
  1. Choose your region or destinations. Most itineraries only have a few cruise ships that travel to them, so if you know where you want to go, that's half the battle. 
  2. Check the cabins & suites on each boat. All of the vessels we feature are comfortable, but each one has cabins and suites that vary in size. Some offer balconies, while others offer floor-to-ceiling windows, while others simply offer port holes.
  3. Consult your budget. There's a boat and/or cabin for every budget, so even if you're on a tight budget, we can still help you find a boat in your price range. 
  4. Let us know when you're ready to book! We'll walk you through the whole process and make sure your boat has everything you're looking for, and we'll also make sure you're getting the best deal!

     
Luxury Cruises in the Mediterranean 

What's the difference between a luxury cruise and a regular cruise?
While all of our cruises offer comfortable accommodations and engaging itineraries, the luxury cruises take that one step further, aboard only the finest of the Mediterranean ships, like SeaDream I, or Sea Cloud (classic luxury style windjammer), and  the ultra modern luxury small cruise ships like Le Lyrial, Le Bougainville or L'Austral. Aboard these luxury vessels, you might find: 
  • A full bar and gourmet food.
  • Balconies or floor-to-ceiling/ panoramic windows.
  • Spacious suite-style cabins.
  • Modern design & amenities 
  • Spa, fitness center, jacuzzi, and pool
Luxury Cruise Destinations
You can visit anywhere in the Mediterranean on one of our luxury cruises, including:
Popular Mediterranean Cruise Destinations

Some of the most popular destinations frequently visited on a Mediterranean cruise include:
  • Venice & Rome, Italy
  • Athens, Greece
  • Amalfi & Sicily
  • The Cyclades
  • The Dalmatian Coast of Croatia & Montenegro
  • Corsica, France
  • Casablanca, Morocco
  • Coastal Spain
The Mediterranean: Endless Possibilities
The only limit to your Mediterranean cruise is your sense of wanderlust. From Spain to Turkey and everywhere in between, you will enjoy visiting ancient ruins that are seamlessly integrated into modern towns and taking a dip in the azure waters of this tranquil sea, as you sample the delicious cuisine in the likes of Italy and Greece.
Depending on your desires, a Mediterranean cruise could take you to destinations like:

Spain & PortugalBetween the quiet villages, the Gothic cathedrals, the authentic Spanish art, and more, you will experience the Iberian Peninsula like never before.
FranceBig cities, small fishing villages, and the French Riviera are just a few of the attractions you'll see as you explore France, accompanied by gourmet meals on land and aboard your comfortable yacht.
ItalyRome & Venice show off their vibrant culture and rich history. In Rome, you will see the heart of the ancient Roman Empire  and the modern day capital city all in one. Venice is the "City of Canals" and has deep roots in Renaissance art & architecture.
The BalkansIn this region, you will navigate the fabled Adriatic and the Aegean Seas to reach the southeastern corner of Europe, including Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Greece, and Turkey - each with their own distinct cultural flair. 
GreeceThe blue-green waters and terraced towns of the Greek Isles hold a fascinating place in the cultural history of the world, as home to myths and legends that have shaped modern art, architecture, and literature, as well as beautiful beaches and quiet towns.
CroatiaYou will be able to go for relaxing swims in some of the most scenic beaches of the Mediterranean, including the Elaphiti Islands, Dubrovnic and the Dalmatian Coast, and the beachfront towns of Split & Bol. 

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Mediterranean Cruise FAQ

Do I need a visa to travel to the Mediterranean?
All citizens of North America traveling to Europe need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months. In recent years, it has not been necessary to apply for a visa before traveling to Europe if you plan to stay less than three months, however, this situation may change in the future. See current European visa requirements.

Is tipping customary in the Mediterranean?
A service charge is generally included in the bills at most places that expect gratuities, but if you feel like leaving an additional 5-10%, it's always appreciated. You should leave a few euros with your taxi drivers or porters, especially if they help you with heavy suitcases. Tour guides and the captain and crew of your boat will probably expect a tip that is a few euros per person per day of your trip, which will be split among them.

What is internet access like in the Mediterranean?
Your vessel may or may not have WiFi, but you shouldn't anticipate it. You might be able to find a hotspot while in the towns you are visiting, since wireless internet is prolific throughout Europe. However, you'll find that the itineraries are largely so engaging that you won't even feel the need to connect.

Can I use my cell phone while in the Mediterranean?
Maybe, but you shouldn't count on it. While you could call your service provider and ask them to unlock your GSM-enabled phone so that you can buy a SIM chip when you arrive, we suggest just turning it off and enjoying your Mediterranean vacation. You could also try to connect to WiFi networks or ask your provider if they offer any international plans.

Do I need power adapters?
Depending on where the ship was made, power adapters are likely European style (two prong - C, E, F) or possibly (though not likely) North American style (A & B), so it's a good idea to purchase some power adapters. Power is 220-240v, but most 110v devices are made to handle both levels so a converter isn't necessary.

What are the toilets like in the Mediterranean?
Toilets in the boats of the Mediterranean are standard western-style flush toilets.

Can I drink the water in the Mediterranean?
It is safe to drink the tap water in your cruise vessel and in Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, and Greece. The Balkan states do not have safe-to-drink tap water. But don't worry - no matter where your cruise goes, you will always be provided with plenty of purified or bottled water for drinking.

Are credit cards accepted in the Mediterranean? Will I be able to find ATMs?
ATMs are common in the big cities, and most cruises will visit a major city at least every other day. However, do keep in mind that some of the cruises stay mainly in smaller towns, where access to ATMs might not be as readily available, and other cruises are designed specifically to stay away from the modern buzz of life, so no matter which cruise you are on, it's safe to have some cash in pocket at all times just in case. Fortunately, our cruises are all-inclusive, so other than souvenir shopping, tips, and any alcohol or meals outside of the itinerary, you won't have to worry about paying.

Should I purchase travel insurance?
Of course! Having travel insurance is important, so once you've decided which trip is right for you go to our Once You're Booked page for more information and deals on TravelGuard Insurance.
Test your Mediterranean Knowledge!
How many square miles is the Mediterranean? What is the average depth?
  • 965,000 sq miles.
  • 4,900 ft. deep.
What are the largest islands in the Mediterranean?
  • Sicily, Sardinia, Cyprus, Corsica and Crete
Why is it called the "Meditteranean"?
  • Romans considered it to be the center of the earth, so the name derives from the Latin mediterraneus, which literally means "middle of the earth."
What is the closest point between Europe and Africa?
  • The Strait of Gibraltar on the southern tip of Spain is just 8 miles across at its narrowest point!
Favorite Mediterranean Cruise Destinations
Separating Europe and the northern coasts of Africa, the Mediterranean Sea borders 21 countries, each with their own distinct culture, sites, history, cuisine, and attractions. Depending on which part of the Mediterrranean you are planning to visit, your experience could vary greatly. The influence of the ancient Roman and Greek Empires can be seen throughout most countries, especially in the ancient architecture and well-preserved ruins. And the climate is characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, cool winters, making it a great summer destination and a good winter destination too. Here are a few of the top destinations in the Mediterranean:
    • The Dalmatian CoastDiscover the idyllic Adriatic Sea as you tour Croatia's sun-kissed Dalmatian Coast.
    • The CycladesIn the heart of Greece's Aegean Sea, you will encounter white-washed port towns, tranquility, and excellent swimming in crystal waters in the islands of Santorini, Mykonos, and Delos.
    • Classical GreeceThese tours tend to feature a lot of interactive and engaging history, including visits to Athens and many of the country's sunny beaches.
    • Romantic ItalyVenice, Rome, the Vatican, Sicily, and many other ancient, beautiful cities await you on your Italian cruise of the Mediterranean.
    • Spain, Portugal, & FranceThe Iberian Peninsula and France are popular destinations for those hoping to see Western Europe's rich culture, taste savory wines, and perhaps even visit Morocco. 

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