As an overall cruising region, the Eastern Mediterranean incorporates a wide selection of areas including the Adriatic coast of Italy and Croatia, the Greek Islands, Istanbul and Kusadasi for Turkey, and the Black Sea, which includes ports in Turkey, the Ukraine, and Russia. A selection of itineraries visit the Holy Land, with stops including Cyprus, Israel and subject to foreign office advice, Eqypt
The area is becoming increasingly one of the most popular areas within Europe to take a cruise. Combined with ancient history, it’s picturesque villages, and golden beaches, this area offers a truly laid back feel.
Many of the Eastern Mediterranean itineraries begin from, and take in ports of call such as the city of Athens, Greece (Port of Piraeus) Venice for Italy and Istanbul, Turkey. Some cruise lines also offer a combination of both the Western Mediterranean and Eastern Mediterranean, and may begin in, or end in ports such as Civitavecchia for Rome, Barcelona for Spain.
A popular time to cruise around the Eastern Mediterranean ranges from spring time, March / April through to September / October. As anticipated, summer is the peak season, and has the largest number of sailings and passengers, pricing is also generally much higher within the summer months, with very hot and humid temperatures
Generally, cruising around the Mediterranean has is becoming increasingly popular, with cruise lines such as MSC and Costa Cruises offering itineraries within the winter months, as sunny skies, and moderate temperatures typically between 50s to 70s. Cruise lines tend to offer longer cruise itineraries, combined with lower pricing and excellent value for money
The majority of itineraries include a combination of culture, history and beautiful beaches, therefore appealing to a wide variety of cruisers. A selection of cruise lines offer itineraries which focus purely on history and culture, incorporating ports such as Venice, Athens, Katakolon for Olympia, Istanbul, Dubrovnik for Croatia, and as far down to the Israeli ports including Haifa and the closest to Jerusalem, Ashdod.
Stay tuned for part 2 of my blog – Eastern Mediterranean Itineraries!
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