Family Cruises to the Mediterranean
Want to visit three continents within a single trip? A cruise to the Mediterranean enables you to do just that. The lands surrounding the Mediterranean Sea belong to three different continents: Europe in the north, Africa in the south and Asia in the far east, with each of them offering a unique experience for all ages and interests.
Which Part of the Mediterranean?
There are cruises that enable you to visit all the highlights of the region from the Gibraltar in the west to Istanbul in the east and Venice in the north to Alexandria in the south. Most cruise lines, however, specialise in particular parts of the region:
Eastern Mediterranean. Like its name suggests, Eastern Mediterranean encompasses lands surrounding the Mediterranean Sea in the east: Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel and Egypt. If you choose East Mediterranean, your family will have the opportunity to visit most the previously mentioned countries but probably not all.
Central Mediterranean. The term refers to the west coast of the Balkan Peninsula, east coast of Italy, Libya and Tunisia. Most cruises to Central Mediterranean cover both east and west coasts of the Adriatic Sea, while many cruise liners also sail down to Tunisia. This highly popular route usually begins in Venice or in the Italian port city of Bari.
Western Mediterranean. Those deciding for Western Mediterranean will have the opportunity to visit many beautiful towns on the coast of Spain, (west) Italy, France, Malta, Morocco and Algeria. Again, the routes and itineraries vary greatly from one cruise line to another but the majority specialise on the European part of Western Mediterranean.
Due to popularity of the Mediterranean region as a cruise destination, finding the right ship shouldn’t be a problem. There are many family-friendly cruise lines operating in the region, but while some focus on families with young children, others are targeting those with older kids and teens.
When you find the ship that meets your family’s needs and expectations perfectly, you are recommended to book your family cruise as soon as possible because the Mediterranean is hugely popular. As a result, the best cabins and packages sell out quickly.