If you want to experience the good weather, great food and rich culture of Europe, then why don't you try to sail on a Mediterranean cruise? Mediterranean cruises are Cruise trips that will take you along the coastal cities and tourist spots in Europe. The focal point of all Mediterranean cruises is Italy which also separates the routes taken by the two types of cruises in the Mediterranean, Western and Eastern.
Western Mediterranean Cruises take passengers to spots where they could enjoy the finest architecture and art of the elegant cities in the world. The common points of departure and return of Western Mediterranean cruises are either Rome or Barcelona. There are also other Italian ports visited by a cruising vessel including Sicily; Capri and Pompeii in Naples; Pisa and Florence in Tuscany. In France the Mediterranean cruise may stop at Monte Carlo in Monaco, Cannes and Nice. While in Spain, the cruise ship may stop at ports of Malaga and Balearic Islands.
The Eastern Mediterranean Cruises will take you to the beaches and shorelines where you can relax and enjoy while basking under the sun. Athens, Rome and Venice are popular ports of calls by Eastern Mediterranean Cruises. Possible itineraries are Dubrovnik in Croatia, Bari in Italy, Katakalon in Greece, Crete and Rhodes.
These cruises are offered all year round but peak season may be from May to October, which is the summer season. Prices of cruises during these months are also higher. If you want a cheaper ride with fewer passengers, then you may cruise during the winter period.
In booking for a cruise, you may consider the length of days or time which will be covered by the cruise. At first you may think that five days of sailing may already be enough, but actually when you are already amidst the fun and exciting cruise experience in the Mediterranean, you may realize that 5 days are not enough. Majority of Mediterranean cruises last from 7-14 days. If you want to rest first before and after boarding the ship, choose to book with cruises offering hotel packages near the ports.
If you have booked in a luxury cruise ship, expect high quality service from the crew and staff of the ship. There should be stylish furnishings, large-spaced cabins and a lot more top-notch products and services. With an upmarket cruise lines, the size of the ship is smaller yet offers a more intimate interaction among passengers of the ship. Products and services too are of good quality but not as much as with luxury lines.
Mid-range cruise offers lower Travel fares, has flashy decors, and has satisfactory foods and services on pre-assigned dining schedules and seating. There is also Budget cruises offering basic accommodations. Its public facilities are substandard, with foods and services that are run of the mill.
There are also specialty cruises on the Mediterranean such as Adventure cruise lines that focuses on providing nature and culture experience to passengers and Sailing cruise lines offering unforgettable sailing time.