The gateway to ancient capital cities (hello, Rome
), some of the world’s most beautiful beaches (we see you, Greek Isles), and so much more, the expansive Mediterranean Sea touches 21 countries, from Spain
to Tunisia and Israel
. A cruise makes it possible to explore a good chunk of this European region in one go, but before you set sail, there’s one ocean-liner-size question to address: eastern or western Med? (OK, technically some grand voyages cover the entire Mediterranean – but more on that later.)
Most luxury cruise lines, including Crystal Cruises
, offer 5- to 29-day itineraries in spring and summer that cover half of the Med. The quick and simple lowdown: Think of the western Med as a collection of popular favorites and the eastern Med as home to slightly more off-the-beaten-path destinations. If cruisers are debating which area to see, Virtuoso travel advisors can help them make a decision based on sightseeing preferences (say, architecture or food) as well as past travels.
“There’s a lot to see in the Mediterranean, and the beauty of doing it via a cruise is that you only unpack once,” Virtuoso travel advisor Alyse Cori says. “It really comes down to a person’s interests and experiences, but ultimately you can’t go wrong in the Mediterranean.” Below, three Crystal Cruises voyages that let cruisers explore this captivating region in style.