7 Best Mediterranean Cruises for Exploring Europe’s Hottest Destinations

In theory, summer appears to be the optimal season for a Mediterranean cruise. However, there are a few reasons why this might not be the most practical choice in reality.

What's the best time to take a Mediterranean cruise?

In the Eastern Mediterranean, you'll encounter cruises that explore Greece and Turkey, with stops in the Adriatic Sea, the northernmost arm of the Mediterranean Sea.

How we chose the best Mediterranean cruise ports

Catering to a slightly more upscale clientele, Holland America Line excels at providing comfortable cruises that visit some of the most popular ports of call in Turkey and the Greek Islands.

Holland America Line's Greece & Adriatic Antiquities cruise

Here's a handy cruise tip: Don't discount smaller ships. They really foster a sense of intimacy. On a Mediterranean cruise with Seabourn, guests experience the best that the sea and the countries

Seabourn's Jewels of the Dalmatian Coast cruise

If you're journeying to the Mediterranean from the United States, the airfare for each person could potentially be more costly than the cruise itself.

MSC's cruise to the Western Mediterranean

Who wouldn't desire to witness the Colosseum in Rome, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Blue Grotto in Capri, the Grand Canal in Venice, and several UNESCO World Heritage sites all in a single journey?

Royal Caribbean's Western Mediterranean cruise

Just refurbished in 2023, the 740-passenger Crystal Serenity has all ocean-view rooms and somehow manages to offer nine restaurant concepts onboard.

Crystal's Istanbul to Athens cruise