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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 NameFromDaysLevelSummary
Mediterranean Islands$43208RelaxedBoard luxurious Le Bougainville for an enchanting 8-day cruise of the Mediterranean, from Nice to Athens. The diversity of the landscapes, from the …
Treasures of the Mediterranean World: A Family Learning Adventure$54209RelaxedCruise from Civitavecchia, Rome to Athens, Greece aboard luxurious Le Lyrial on this classic 8-day cruise of the Mediterranean. History, mythology, …
A Musical Odyssey in the Mediterranean$56109RelaxedSail from Athens to Rome aboard Le Bougainville and enjoy its 9-day sailing voyage that focuses on a musical theme. This tour is a combination of …
World Affairs Cruise$64509RelaxedBoard Le Laperouse on this 8-day Mediterranean cruise focusing on modern civilization as you travel from Valletta to Athens. From TV hosts to authors …
Dalmatian Shores$42508RelaxedDuring this 8-day cruise, Le Lyrial will take you to Greece, Montenegro, Croatia, and Italy. Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Acropolis of …
From Athens to the Turquoise Coast$59508RelaxedEmbark on an 8-day cruise aboard our three-master Le Ponant, to discover the most beautiful sites of the Aegean Sea and Turkey. Cruise between Greece …
Sicily and Crete - Mediterranean Jewels$59509RelaxedEnjoy Unesco World Heritage sites along your 9-day journey aboard the Le Ponant. Enjoy a cruise from Italy to Greece to discover exceptional …
Eastern Mediterranean: Thessaloniki - Piraeus$53958RelaxedTreat 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 …
Mediterranean: Venice to Dubrovnik$53958RelaxedFrom Venice to Dubrovnik, this 8-day Mediterranean cruise aboard the Sea Cloud mixes adventure and relaxation delightfully, with various stops in …
Mediterranean: Livorno - Nice$25755RelaxedJoin the Sea Cloud II on this unique 5-day sailing adventure. Cruise across the Mediterranean on your way from Livorno, Italy to the charming city of …

Top Mediterranean Cruise Deals for 2019

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Trip NameSaveFromDaysLevelSummary
Gods, Kings & Pharaohs (Ashdod, Israel to Aqaba, Jordan)25%$21908RelaxedEmbark the luxurious Harmony V in Ashdod, Israel for an 8-day exploration cruise of Egypt and Jordan. Cross the Suez Canal to arrive in the Red Sea, …
Classical Greece10%$28908RelaxedBoard the Harmony G for an 8-day small ship Greek cruise that brings you right to the heart of Greece and its mosaic of amazing islands. Experience …
Adriatic Odyssey - Tales of 4 Countries Cruise10%$24008RelaxedThis 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 & Montenegro10%$24008RelaxedDiscover the most charming medieval towns of the Dalmatian Coast's on this incredible 8-day Adriatic cruise aboard the MS Callisto. Departing and …
Jewels of the Cyclades10%$25908RelaxedEmbark the Galileo for an 8-day small ship Greek cruise showcasing the Aegean Islands, known for their white-washed villages and ports, bright skies, …
Under Sail: Greece and the Dalmatian CoastSavings$1294011RelaxedSpend 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, …
Venice, the Lagoon Islands, and the Po DeltaSavings$15026RelaxedAboard the MS Michelangelo, experience the sights of Italy on this 6-day cruise of its tranquil lagoons and the Po Delta. Visit the small islands of …
Andalusia: Tradition, Gastronomy, and FlamencoSavings$18588RelaxedThis 8-day Spanish cruise aboard the MS La Belle de Cadix showcases the Andalusia region, including stops in Seville, Cadiz, Granada, and Cordoba. …
Voyage to Antiquity: Exploring Sicily and MaltaSavings$1979015RelaxedSail from Malta to Athens on this 15-day voyage aboard the Sea Cloud. In Sicily, you'll visit at least five UNESCO World Heritage sites, including …
From Lisbon to the Canary Islands33%$39509RelaxedFrom Lisbon, the colorful capital situated on the banks of the Tagus River, set sail for a 9-day cruise on board Le Lyrial. Immerse yourself in …

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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 40 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. Although there are a lot of boats to choose from, 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. Knowing which ones are best for you is important.
  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 that has occupancy 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 accomodations and engaging itineraries, the luxury cruises take that one step further, aboard only the finest of the Mediterranean ships, like SeaDream ISeaDream IISea Cloud (classic luxury style windjammer), and Le Lyrial. 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:
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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