Considering the Mediterranean Cruise for Your Honeymoon
A Mediterranean cruise is one of the most romantic options for couples on their honeymoon. Together, you can explore the majestic Roman ruins, the former Greek city of Ephesus, the romance of Venice, the coastline of Portugal, the waters of the Aegean Sea, and the playgrounds of the rich and famous. Your exploration of Europe is idealistic when you take a Mediterranean cruise.
Eastern and Western Mediterranean Cruises
In general, an Eastern Mediterranean cruise lasts seven to ten days, or longer. The more luxurious cruise lines generally offer longer trips. Venice and Piraeus, which is located outside of Athens, are the two most common departure ports for an Eastern Mediterranean Cruise. Ports of call that are usually included in an Eastern Mediterranean cruise include Dubrovnik, Istanbul, Mykonos in Greece, Rhodes, Valletta on the island of Malta, and Crete. Some cruise lines also visit Yalta and Odessa in the Ukraine.
A Western Mediterranean Cruise, on the other hand, generally includes ports of call such as Livorno (which is near to Florence), Naples, Civitavecchia (which is near to Rome), Marseille, St. Tropez, Monte Carlo, the island of Mallorca, and Cadiz in southern Spain. Some also include stops at North African ports such as La Goulette in Tunisia, Tripoli, and other Moroccan ports. Most commonly, a Western Mediterranean cruise departs from Barcelona, Lisbon, or Venice.
Many couples choosing to embark on a Mediterranean cruise extend the cruise package by adding on special land sightseeing packages. This allows for cities such as Venice, Athens, and Barcelona to be explored in a more in-depth fashion. In Greece, sites such as Mt. Olympus, Delphi, and Corinth can be further explored with one of these packages. Or, you and your honey can visit the Piedmont wine country or the Tuscan countryside when you visit Venice or get a close up look at the marvelous architecture and modern art masterpieces in Barcelona.
The Perks of the Mediterranean Cruise
A Mediterranean cruise is a fantastic choice for a honeymoon because it allows you to visit several different countries and to explore their cultures without the hassle of checking in and out of various hotels, spending long hours at the airport, or packing and unpacking your suitcases. In fact, as you sleep comfortably in your cabin, the ship sales on to the next fantastic destination.
Another perk to a Mediterranean cruise is that the cruise packages include airfare, cruise ship accommodations, entertainment, and meals. Therefore, you donít need to worry about currency exchanges or other small headaches that tend to get in the way of a great honeymoon.
No matter which Mediterranean cruise is choose, you will thoroughly enjoy spending your time visiting some of the most beautiful countries Europe has to offer.
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Cruise Line ReviewsAll cruise lines offering honeymoon packages (like Holland America Cruise Line) have exquisitely appointed suites, gyms, swimming pools, spas, salons, shopping and casinos to pamper the cruiser.