Southern Mediterranean Cruises

Major cruises through the Mediterranean Sea typically operate year round, although fewer vessels embark during the winter months. Ships that sail into the southern region of the Mediterranean may include stops at a variety of African or Middle Eastern nations. Many of these countries require travel visas, an absolute necessity among passengers embarking on a shore excursion.

10-Day Mediterranean Enchantment

Holland America plays host to the 10-Day Mediterranean Enchantment cruise out of Civitavecchia, Italy, the port town right outside of Rome. The ms Noordam vessel then travels to Florence, Monte Carlo and Barcelona before heading south toward the Mediterranean coastal town of La Goulette, Tunisia. The ship stops at Naples before returning back to Civitavecchia. The vessel caters to more than 1,900 passengers and offers a variety of staterooms, including those outfitted with ocean views and balconies. Upscale suites may feature such perks as binoculars, umbrellas and a stereo system. As of October, 2010, prices range from $1,600 to $3,7000, depending on the accommodations.



10-Day Mediterranean Enchantment

Holland America

877-932-4259

hollandamerica.com

11-Day Mediterranean & the Holy Land

Guests aboard the Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Jade can enjoy an 11-day Mediterranean and Holy Land excursion. Sailing from Rome, the itinerary includes visits to such cities as Alanya, Turkey and Limassol, Cyprus, as well as the Israeli port towns of Haifa and Ashdod and the Egyptian cities of Port Said and Alexandria. The cruise also includes four days exclusively at sea, often sailing amidst the Southern Mediterranean. The Norwegian Jade offers a host of dining options, including a steakhouse, a sushi bar, an Italian restaurant and a French eatery. The vessel also features four hot tubs, two swimming pools, a casino, an arcade, a theater and boutique shops. Prices range from $950 to $1,750 as of October 2010.



11-Day Mediterranean & the Holy Land

Norwegian Cruise Line

866-234-7350

norwegiancruiseline.com

Holy Land: Rome to Athens

Princess Cruises offers a Holy Land cruise between Rome and Athens. Stops along the way include such countries as Turkey, Israel and Egypt, as well as a visit to the Greek island, Santorini. Passengers sail aboard the Pacific Princess, a smaller vessel than most major cruise liners, offering a capacity of just 670 people. Lodging options include interior cabins, mini-suites, suites and more than 200 staterooms featuring balconies. Guests may enjoy dining at such restaurants as the steakhouse, pizzeria, buffet, afternoon tea hall or the wine and caviar bar. In October 2010, prices are between $3,000 and $3,500.



Holy Land: Rome to Athens

Princess Cruises

800-774-6237

princess.com