The only real problem travelers might face when traveling to one of the most gorgeous parts of planet Earth is finding the time to squeeze all the luxury cruise ship living in. That’s where a well-planned Mediterranean cruise comes in.
Even those globe-trotters who don’t consider themselves a “cruise person,” an opulent Mediterranean cruise can be the perfect way to see Greece and Italy. Bask in the lap of luxury without the extra headache of scheduling all the right tours. No matter what kind of Mediterranean experience travelers are hoping for, there’s a perfect cruise for the luxury traveler in this list.
Seven Seas Explorer (The Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built)
Hop on board the Seven Seas Explorer for their ten-day cruise from Rome to Barcelona. Mallorca is a destination that needs to be seen in person. And that’s just one day on this expansive, but luxurious Mediterranean cruise. Fares per person start at $5,999. The Seven Seas Explorer features cutting-edge luxury accommodations nestled inside an architectural feat sailing across the water. One opulent feature is the Observation Lounge which boasts a rich color palate that features shimmering silver, gold, black and white color hues, while the floor to ceiling windows provide guests with incredible ocean vistas.
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Restaurants Onboard The Seven Seas Explorer
- Chartreuse – A Parisian Experience at Sea
- Pacific Rim – Pan-Asian Specialty Restaurant
- Compass Rose – the flagship restaurant of the fleet
- La Veranda/ Sette Mari – Inspired By The Italian Riviera
- Prime 7 – Grill & Cocktail Bar
- The Café
Crystal Cruise’s Crystal Serenity is top notch from the moment passengers set sail. A host of high profile guest speakers (and one or two golf pros) are on board to lend a touch of true culture as one travels the Mediterranean in style. Art and music abound at every turn on the Crystal Serenity which is stocked with jazz quartets, special guest speakers, and more than one whiz in the kitchen. The amenities alone are enough to make passengers question getting off the ship at all. All guests enjoy comfortable kimonos, Frette robes and slippers and indulgent bath amenities. Penthouse guests are attended to by a personal butler, who anticipates guests’ every need. Additional onboard offerings include shopping boutiques, a sports deck with a driving range and the Computer University@Sea.
The 7-Night Cruise From Athens to Rome
See the classical world from the birth of democracy to the fall of the Roman Empire with the week-long expedition on Crystal Cruises long-running trip. This extensive cruise finds time to hit not only the major attractions along this striking strip of land but some of the lesser known villages and vistas on offer. Travel through Valetta and bask in the golden sunlight raining down on Nafplion with this unforgettable Mediterranean cruise. When not spending seeing the sights, several onboard (and off-board) activities will inject a personal touch to the journey through the ancient world. Cruise fares for this 7-night sail are starting as low as $1,920 per person.
- Athens/Piraeus, Greece
- Nafplion (Navplion)
- Santorini/Thíra, Greece
- Cruising the Ionian Sea
- Valletta, Malta
- Taormina/Giardini Naxos, Italy
- Sorrento, Italy
- Rome/Civitavecchia, Italy
Barcelona to the Adriatic in 8 Days
Spend two gorgeous days in Barcelona before being whisked off to some of the most famous (and impressive) spots in the Mediterranean on the Viking Star. From the Spanish coastal metropolis passengers venture forth to Marseille, Monte Carlo, Rome, and more. There’s ample opportunity to live the high life traveling through Monte Carlo’s high rolling casinos or through Rome’s labyrinthine streets. If eight days in the Mediterranean aren’t enough, the Viking Star offers several opportunities to extend one’s stay, both before and after the trip. Personal fares for the 8-day Adriatic cruise begin at $2,599. One unique feature of the Viking Star located in the Scandinavian-style spa, is q chilled room that has actual flakes falling from the ceiling. It’s inspired by the way that Northern Europeans like their sauna experiences – in intervals, mixed in with cold plunges in rivers or streams or pools that have been chilled to lower temperatures.
A 14-Day Tour of the Mediterranean
Seabourn Cruise’s newest ship, the Seabourn Ovation, is one of the biggest and most lavishly-adorned ships sailing the Mediterranean. All 300 of the ship’s suites have a balcony big enough to enjoy a meal in the warm Mediterranean air. This particular adventure finds travelers embarking in Monaco and sailing through some genuinely breathtaking Adriatic sites including the islands of Malta, Mykonos, Rhodes, and more.
Fares start at $5,999 per passenger. The cruise ship features one lavish amenity; The Retreat lounge with 15 private cabanas, a fitness centre, Spa at Seabourn, and a watersports marina.
The Oceania Riviera
10 Days From Athens to Athens
Get up close and personal with Greek history in this beautiful trip through the island nation. On board the Riviera, passengers are treated to an exquisite array of amenities as visiting Mediterranean hot spots from Valletta to Rhodes. The entire ship was decorated with Ralph Lauren furniture, which lends the boat an elegant vibe throughout. Riviera hosts an artist in residence who not only teaches passengers new art skills but also displays and sells his works. The on-deck pool is a perfect spot to wind down after a day exploring the island nation. Foodies, in particular, will love the Riviera’s rotating cuisine. Fares begin at $2,699 per guest, which includes either six free shore excursions, a $600 food credit or a free beverage package.
7 Days From Athens to Venice
Exclusivity, thy name is the Seabourn Odyssey, a new type of cruise ship that eschews the “bigger is better” mentality of modern vessels in favor of a refined experience from start to finish. That same sense of spectacle was applied to every square inch of the Seabourn Odyssey, beginning with the ship’s standard complimentary bottle of champagne. That’s just the gateway when passengers step aboard this magnificent vessel. The stunning vessel offers a one-of-a-kind round lounge with a square bar and panoramic 270? views. Early Risers’ Coffee and Tea is served here every morning, and piano music makes it a great choice for drinks and conversation after dinner. Fares for this ‘Greece and Dalmatian Delights’ cruise begin at $4,799 per guest for ocean view rooms.
9 Nights From Rome to Barcelona
A luxurious boutique hotel at sea, the Azamara Journey is a mid-sized ship with a deck plan that’s intimate but never crowded. Spend a few days wandering through the beauty that is Rome before stepping on board the Azamara Journey, a ship designed to embody all one’s travel wishes. The shore activities planned by the crew of the Azamara Journey are specially crafted to give travelers a truly immersive experience from the moment passengers take a step off the ship. Suites include private verandas and regularly replenished flower bouquets. And, of course, the views are spectacular.
The Azamara Journey public areas are elegant, quiet, comfortable, and tasteful. The furnishings and artwork are classic, much like your would find in a country club. There’s no packed lounges, frenetic activity, or ongoing announcements like you will find on the mega-ships. The Azamara Journey has singers, musicians, comedians, and cabaret-style entertainment, but no large production shows.
Prices per passenger for this 10-day Barcelona Azamara Journey cruise start at $1,307.
Cyprus and the Greek Isles in 9 Glorious Nights
Though the Esprit may not be the most modern yacht cruising through the Mediterranean, a multi-million dollar refurbishment just a few years ago has turned the yacht into an elite vessel that’s second to none. Travelers hoping to make the most of the Mediterranean’s singular sunlight will love the Esprit’s glamorous sun deck, with small splash pool, a one-room spa for massages and facials and the lovely Cove Bar, which essentially serves as the vessel’s living room and is where passengers gather each night. This leisurely cruise spends two nights in Athens, two more in Rhodes, and two more in Larnaca with stops at lovely wayside locations in between. An ocean view suite on this exotic yacht sailing through the Greek isles for nine nights begins at $7,995.
See It All in Two Weeks From Barcelona to Rome
Okay, travelers won’t be able to see EVERYTHING, but passengers get close on board the Marina, the splendor of the Mediterranean. Spend two days exploring Barcelona before setting off on a beautiful whirlwind trip to all of the Mediterranean’s most notable locales, from Monte Carlo to Florence to the final destination in Rome. The ship itself boasts many opulent features: from the sparkling Lalique Grand Staircase to the stunning Owner’s Suites furnished in Ralph Lauren Home, designer touches are everywhere, highlighting the finest residential design and furnishings. It’s hard to plan a cruise with more amenities and more memorable destinations. Fares begin at $3,999 per guest and include one of the following: 8 free shore excursions, a free beverage package or US$800 shipboard credit per stateroom.