Our friends at Travel Impressions just published the following article on cruise itineraries on the rise. Many of our clients have taken a Mediterranean cruise and so we thought it would be a good time to share it.
Ring, ring, paradise is calling and its name is the Mediterranean. Famous for its majestic coastline, sensational food and wine, wide array of landscapes and iconic sight-seeing spots, the Mediterranean will inspire some serious wanderlust within even the most seasoned traveler. Considering this, it makes sense why the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) found that cruises to the Mediterranean were up 8 percent from 2017 to 2018 with a total of over 4 million cruise passengers. The Med is a rising cruise destination and there’s no sign of this tourism boom slowing down; let’s take a look at why this region is drawing in so many travelers.
From the buzzed about Western Mediterranean – Spain, France, Italy, Monaco and Morocco – to the refreshingly exotic Eastern Mediterranean – Italy, Turkey, Croatia, Greece, Israel and Egypt – one thing that makes cruising the Med so special is the chance to explore so many magical ports of call. Spend one day frolicking the romantic streets of Santorini, Greece and wake up the next near the coast of Heraklion. Admire the bustling atmosphere of Turkey’s Grand Bazaar or indulge with a dish of homemade pasta in Italy. The possibilities a Mediterranean cruise adventure brings are endless.
Another thing that makes this region a cruiser’s paradise is its arguably perfect weather year-round. Peak season is from May to early September with temperatures averaging between 80 to 90 degrees. During this time, travelers can expect little-to-no rain and just enough humidity to prime the water for perfect swimming conditions. Temperatures do decrease significantly during winter months where they hover around 50 degrees. However, this is the perfect weather for travelers who love crisp fall temps and are looking for a deal, as this is when cruise liners run the lowest rates and tourist attractions have the smallest crowds. But the real Mediterranean weather sweet spot is during the months of April, May, September and October where the crowds are moderate and the weather is pleasant, averaging between 60 and 80 degrees.
Lastly, accessibility plays a huge factor in the Mediterranean’s status as one of the world’s best cruise spots. Many major and boutique cruise liners offer packages to the destination and it’s also worth noting that you don’t have to board a massive vessel to join in on the fun as river cruises are also huge throughout the region. Of course, with accessibility comes cost. Luckily, the ever-popular cruise industry has prices that will appease both bargain hunters and high rollers, and when done right, cruising is one of the more economical ways to explore Mediterranean Europe.
We hope you enjoyed the above blog post. There's tons of different cruise options to explore the Mediterranean by cruise ship. These include small luxury ships that go to the smaller ports like Silversea to large mega ships with all sorts of entertainment on board like Royal Caribbean. Not interested in a cruise? No problem since we can easily arrange for a land tour. Again lots of options from private customized tours to group based tours. Just let us know what interests you and we'll be sure to provide the best fit for you.
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