While a lot of people vacation to the Mediterranean during the
summer, you might not want to jump on that particular bandwagon. A
Luxury Mediterranean Cruise is popular in every season except
winter, but Fall and Spring cruises tend to be less crowded,
cheaper, and significantly more comfortable with regards to
temperature. The Mediterranean frequently heats up into the upper
90¡¦s during the summer¡Xand being in the middle of a crowd in 90
degree weather is not fun.
Expect to travel anywhere from Italy to Beirut, depending on your
itinerary, with the biggest port cities being Venice, Athens and
Istanbul¡Xthere is every likelyhood that your cruise will start and
end at one of these three cities. Plan on having some of the
appropriate currency handy, but don¡¦t worry too much about the
exchange rate¡Xcruises catering to US visitors keep things priced
If you¡¦re looking to capture the atmosphere of the Mediterranean,
consider cruising with Costa to save yourself a lot of potential
trouble. Otherwise, expect your cruise ship to have a good deal of
North American and British influence¡Xin other words, social faux
pas¡¦s aren¡¦t likely.
Turkish ports of call have recently been added to many cruise
liners¡¦ itineraries; keep an eye on the political situation before
you get off on a port in Turkey. It isn¡¦t that Turkey is any more or
less dangerous than other countries along the eastern Mediterranean,
but let¡¦s just say there¡¦s a reason Turkish ports weren¡¦t always on
the list. Really, think about it.
A Luxury Mediterranean Cruise has itineraries focused either on the
beaches and parties, or on culture and history, though there is
almost always a healthy mix. Be aware that some cruise lines are
specifically about one or the other.