Ancient ruins recall the once-powerful empires that ruled this legendary region. Stand atop the Acropolis in Athens, wander the Colosseum in Rome, or walk the haunting streets of Pompeii. Step back in time in Dubrovnik's walled Old Town, or relax on the sun-kissed shores of the Greek Isles. Magical Venice holds an allure all its own, while Barcelona and Florence beckon with timeless treasures.
Some believe the volcanic eruption in 1600 B.C. created not only the caldera in Santorini, Greece, but also the myth of Atlantis. Regardless, it’s the wine born of the rich, volcanic soil whose legend continues to grow.
Excursions — Your Gateway to Europe's Best Attractions
Explore the ruins of Rome, Renaissance treasures in Florence and the canals of Venice on a Mediterranean shore excursion. Savor the delicate flavor of "Koum Kouat" liqueur, grown only in Corfu. Catch some rays on the sun-drenched beaches of Mykonos. On itineraries with More Ashore Late Night calls, we stay until at least 9 p.m. in port so you can also experience some of the fabulous nightlife.
And with Discovery Recommended and Exclusive excursions available only on Princess Cruises, you will see the Mediterranean in a whole new way.
Cruises to the Mediterranean allow you the opportunity to view the extraordinary masterpieces such as Botticelli's Birth of Venus and the world-famous statue of David in Florence. Marvel at the works of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel, and peruse the Vatican's massive art museum. Explore the renowned Picasso Museum in Barcelona, and the world-class collection of Cycladic art and Byzantine artifacts in the celebrated museums of Athens.
Photo: David in Florence, Italy
Ascend to the temples of the Acropolis, towering above the Athenian landscape. Marvel at the sheer magnitude of the Colosseum and magnificent St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and the iconic Leaning Tower in Pisa. St. Mark's Basilica in Venice is an extraordinary example of Italo-Byzantine architecture, while Le Pont du Gard in Provence is one of the greatest surviving examples of ancient Roman architecture.
Photo: Porch of the Caryatids at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Create memories at three great heritage sites of Italy: the Eternal City of Rome, Renaissance Florence and the canals of magical Venice. Visit Dubrovnik's walled Old Town, and ferry across from Mykonos to Delos, known as the birthplace of Apollo. Barcelona's most famous landmark, La Sagrada Familia Cathedral, is Gaudi's final but unfinished masterpiece.
Photo: The medieval town of Dubrovnik in Croatia
A slice of Mediterranean life
See it like a local
Let Princess introduce you to the next port on the horizon like no one else can. On board, hear from speakers who offer personal knowledge of the destination’s history and culture. Get an insider’s guide to essential experiences and distinctive treasures. Explore on immersive shore excursions designed to satisfy every interest. We’ve partnered with a trusted team of local experts who will help you make the most of your experience.
Enjoy authentic Mediterranean cuisine such as gyros and retsina at a cliff-top café in Santorini, or savor wines passed down through generations in Tuscany. Shop in the boutiques of Capri's main square. Peruse the flower stalls on Las Ramblas, Barcelona's famed promenade. Browse for jewelry on the centuries-old Ponte Vecchio in Florence, find handcrafted Murano glass or Carnival masks in Venice, or sample Neapolitan pizza in a family-run Naples restaurant.
Photo: Venetian Masks on display: Greek folkloric dancers in Athens
Natural Wonders & Landscapes
Embark on a scenic drive through the vineyards of the Chianti region from Florence. Sink your toes into the black-sand beaches of Santorini, or climb Mt. Vesuvius, the once fiery volcano that buried ancient Pompeii and Herculaneum. Travel the Corniche to the Cote D'Azur to the seaside beach playgrounds of Monte Carlo and Cannes, and embrace the classic beauty of lesser-visited jewels like Portofino on the breathtaking Italian Riviera. Cruise to the stunning 'Our Lady of the Rocks' Baroque church in Boka Bay from Kotor and a drive along the chiseled cliffs of the Amalfi Coast will take your breath away.
Photo: Portofino, Italy
Experience sights, sounds and flavors of Venice's Carnevale right on board the cruise ship with our "Festivals of the World" celebration. See performances by the Venice String Orchestra, Barcelona's flamenco José de la Vega and the Corrado Amici Duo from Rome. Sample Trenette ai Frutti di Mare con Pomodoro e Basilico (linguine with seafood and basil) and Moroccan Vegetable Ragout, and sip homemade limoncello.
Prepare for your Mediterranean cruise with our destination expert presentations, or watch Destinations in Depth, the documentary TV series produced by Princess Cruises, which features commentary by esteemed UCLA professors. And if you were too busy seeing the sights to shop, Venice's famed Murano glass and other local crafts are available in our fine gift boutiques.
Photo: Carnevale di Venezia in Venice, Italy
In-Depth Land & Sea (Cruisetour) Vacations and Cruise Plus® Hotel Packages
See even more with a Mediterranean Land & Sea Cruise Vacation that combines an incredible Mediterranean cruise with a multiple-night land tour exploring some of the most fascinating places in the world, sampling the culture, seeing the sights and of course, savoring local cuisine! Or, you can add extra days at the beginning or end of your cruise and get to know a magnificent city like Rome or Copenhagen better with a Cruise Plus Hotel® Package.