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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, 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 designing your dream cruise to the Mediterranean. 

10 Best Mediterranean Cruises for 2021

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Greek Isles Divinity: Athens Roundtrip$143988Apr 25, 2021The “Holy Island” of Patmos and the birthplace of Apollo on Delos set a heavenly tone for this Greek Isle immersion. Discover the breathtaking …
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Yachting Gems of the Aegean: Athens Roundtrip$71498Apr 24, 2022Discover the immortal history of Delos and the cosmopolitan chic of Mykonos. From the iconic Parthenon to hidden Patmos, exploring Greece by yacht …
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Yachting Harbors of Croatia: Venice to Dubrovnik$62498Oct 4, 2020Discover the Dalmatian Coast, where majestic mountains meet a crystalline sea and archaeological treasures abound, from UNESCO sites in Sibenik and …
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Greek Isles Grandeur: Limassol to Athens$134988Apr 18, 2021Embrace the cultural riches of Greece and soak in the sun-drenched delights of Mykonos, then walk among Santorini’s cobalt rooftops in search of …
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Cyprus & Greek Isles Discovery: Larnaca to Athens$132988Apr 17, 2022A journey rich in UNESCO treasures and mythology: Paphos where Aphrodite was born; Delos, home to twin gods Apollo and Artemis; and Rhodes with its …
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Sicily & Malta$1377011Sep 16, 2021Savor Sea Cloud’s elegant comfort during afternoons under billowing sails, and enjoy an incomparable Mediterranean adventure that harkens back to …
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Corsica & Sardinia$1333011Sep 28, 2020Each cruise of the Mediterranean aboard Sea Cloud is crafted to offer the authentic experience of sailing a true square-rigger among must-see and …
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The Cyclades and Ancient Treasures: Athens to Istanbul$45908Jul 23, 2021Fall under the spell of the Mediterranean’s key sites during an 8-day cruise. With Athens as the departure point, board Le Lyrial for an …
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Adriatic in Depth$598511Dec 3, 2022Start your 11-day cruise aboard Emerald Azzurra in Venice and sail onwards to the Slovenian resort town of Piran. Navigate the Adriatic Sea to Zadar …
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Charms of Greece & Turkey$537511Dec 1, 2021Embark on an 11-day cruise aboard Emerald Azzurra commencing in Athens. Sail to Ermoupolis, on the island of Syros, before making your way to Volos …
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Top Mediterranean Cruise Deals for 2021

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The Basque Country15%$449510Jun 3, 2021With this steadfast foundation, the Basques pushed boundaries during the age of exploration, were pioneers in trade and industry, and are known the …
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The Best of Greece & Turkey20%$33908Apr 30, 2021Greece is calling... Discover much-loved or unknown gems with rich history, incomparable light, translucent water, and heavenly beaches. Whether …
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Classical Greece10%$29908Apr 30, 2021This 8-day cruise of Greece from the Harmony V takes you round-trip from historic Athens to Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, and Nafplion, where you see …
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Antiquity to Byzantium10%$12908Nov 6, 2020Explore the Mediterranean Sea from Antiquity to Byzantium aboard the small ship, the MS Galileo. Sail the blue waters of the Mediterranean on this …
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Antiquity to Byzantium10%$14908Oct 23, 2020Explore the Mediterranean Sea from Antiquity to Byzantium aboard the small ship, the Panorama. Cruise the blue waters of the Mediterranean on this …
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Sicily & GreeceSavings$13207Oct 30, 2020Explore Greece, Sicily, and Malta on this y-day cruise aboard the tall ship Star Flyer. Starting in the famous and historic city of Athens, visit …
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Corsica & MonacoSavings$11305Sep 14, 2021Explore Corsica and Monaco aboard the Royal Clipper on an exclusive 5-day adventure sailing from Italy to France.
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Holy Land, Pyramids & Petra: Larnaca to PetraSavings$879912Dec 2, 2020A rich and wondrous itinerary with multiple overnights in legendary lands – see Byzantine wonders in Cyprus, historic treasures in Jerusalem, …
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Dalmatia to the Amalfi Coast: Dubrovnik to RomeSavings$182989May 22, 2022An overnight in Capri crowns this dreamy voyage from Dubrovnik’s walled city and Kotor’s UNESCO-listed bay to Corfu’s renowned beaches and …
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Northern CycladesSavings$18108May 1, 2021Admire the exceptional beauty of the Cyclades Islands on this incredible 8-day tall ship sailing adventure. Visit some of the most emblematic spots …
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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 Sardinia 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, Dubrovnik 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 Travelex 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 "Mediterranean"?
  • 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 Mediterranean 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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