From the crystal-clear azure blue seas and sun-kissed beaches to ancient ruin-filled cities, exotic locales and some of the best culture and cuisine the world has to offer, the Mediterranean has it all. When it comes to choosing a cruise to this enchanting part of the world, your main problem will be which one to select. Here are a few tips on where to go, when to leave and why (as if an excuse is needed) – leave the how up to Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
Where to Go
Voyages from Athens to Monte Carlo, Barcelona to Rome, Lisbon to Venice and Athens to Dubai offer a wealth of options and experiences for every taste and interest whether it’s basking in the sun or a day of culture and cuisine. When selecting your cruise, take a look at the ports (Italy, Spain and Greece to name a few) to see where you would like to embark as many are as diverse and equally as glamorous as the region itself. Next, take a look at the list of stops on your voyage where you can visit an astounding number of countries within a ten-day period. Pay special attention to the off-shore excursion itinerary and narrow your choices down from there.
If it’s a chic setting straight out of a James Bond film you are after, take a look at Monte Carlo, Capri and the Amalfi Coast. Wine tasting in the hills of Tuscany or exploring the culture that inspired the likes of Leonardo da Vinci and Dante? Florence will not disappoint. Idyllic beaches? Mykonos invented them. And for the history buff, a tour through Jerusalem’s Nazareth and the Sea of Galilee or an exploration of the Parthenon and Acropolis in the ancient city of Athens is a must. Or if you are a foodie, discover authentic tapas in Barcelona, moléche in Venice (green crabs) or Turkish baklava and your taste buds will thank you.
When to Go
While traditionally spring and summer (high season is April, May, September and October) are the most popular times to cruise the Mediterranean, keep in mind the region is lovely year-round. Summer will be the warmest months with the waters perfect for swimming and temperatures averaging 80-90 degrees (inland Greece and Turkey can reach a sweltering 100 degrees). Even if summertime is ideal winter is a good option as well, temperatures drop creating a different kind of appeal. No matter when you go, be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen, a wide-brimmed straw hat and a wrap for cool evenings.
How and why?
The Mediterranean is a popular destination so book early for the best accommodations! Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers all-inclusive luxury excursions on their where elegance, exploration and indulgence are the names of the game. And let Regent Seven Seas Cruises take the planning worries out your vacation, just sit back and let the staff tend to your every need. Perhaps the American humorist Mark Twain said it best, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Explore all the possibilities to enjoy our Mediterranean destinations