The only real problem you 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 if you’re not the type of globe-trotter who considers yourself 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 and the concern that you’ll get to all the best spots. No matter what kind of Mediterranean experience you’re hoping for, there’s a perfect cruise for the luxury traveler in this list.
1. 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 you’re not spending time seeing the sights, several onboard (and off-board) activities will inject a personal touch to your journey through the ancient world.
2. Barcelona to Rome in 10 Short Days
Hop on board the Seven Seas Explorer for their ten-day cruise from Barcelona to Rome. If you’ve never seen Mallorca in person, you haven’t lived. And that’s just one day on this expansive, but luxurious Mediterranean cruise. The Seven Seas Explorer features cutting-edge luxury accommodations nestled inside an architectural feat sailing across the water.
3. 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 you’ll venture forth to Marseille, Monte Carlo, Rome, and more. There’s ample opportunity to live the high life as you travel through Monte Carlo’s high rolling casinos or travel through Rome’s labyrinthine streets. If eight days in the Mediterranean aren’t enough, the Viking Star offers several opportunities to extend your stay, both before and after the trip.
4. Travel the Seas With a Bunch of (Temporary) Ex-Pats
Crystal Cruise’s Crystal Serenity is top notch from the moment you set sail. A host of high profile guest speakers (and one or two golf pros) are on board to lend your trip a touch of true culture as your travel 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 you question getting off the ship at all.
5. A 12-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 Venice and sailing through some genuinely breathtaking Adriatic sites including the islands of Brindisi, Argostoli, Rhodes, and more.
6. 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, you’ll be treated to an exquisite array of amenities as you hit Mediterranean hot spots from Valletta to Rhodes. The entire ship was decorated with Ralph Lauren furniture, which lends the boat an elegant vibe throughout. 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.
7. 7 Days From Athens and Back Again
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 champaign. That’s just the gateway when you step aboard this magnificent vessel.
8. 9 Nights From Rome to Barcelona
Spend a few days wandering through the beauty that is Rome before you step on board the Azamara Journey, a ship designed to embody all your 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 you take a step off the ship. Suites include private verandas and regularly replenished flower bouquets. And, of course, the views are spectacular.
9. 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, the best spot for watching the coastline drift by in peace. 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.
10. See It All in Two Weeks From Barcelona to Rome
Okay, you won’t be able to see EVERYTHING, but you’ll get close on board the Marina, the splendor of the Mediterranean. Spend two days exploring Barcelona before you set off on a beautiful whirlwind trip to all of the Mediterranean’s most notable locales, from Monte Carlo to Florence to your final destination in Rome. It’s hard to plan a cruise with more amenities and more memorable destinations.