Erechtheum temple in Athens, Greece

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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. Barcelona and Florence beckon with timeless treasures.

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Mediterranean Cruise Wonders of the World

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. In the heart of the Mediterranean, discover culture, cuisine and history unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Taste wood-fired pizza in the city it was created or visit the historic grounds of a famous Greek god. Whether you sip, savor or stroll your way through these lands, you won’t just learn about history, you’ll relive it.

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Photo: Santorini, Greece

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy with the Discover at Sea logo, visited on a Princess Mediterranean Cruise

Mediterranean Cruise 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.

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Photo: Colosseum in Rome, Italy

Monuments & Masterpieces

Michelangelo’s David Status on Princess Mediterranean Cruise

Art & Museums

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
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Architecture

On our Mediterranean cruises, you can ascend to the temples of the Acropolis, towering above the Athenian landscape. Marvel at the sheer magnitude of the Colosseum in Rome and the iconic Leaning Tower in Pisa. The Greco Roman Theatre in Sicily continues to define true classical construction, while Le Pont du Gard in Provence is one of the greatest surviving examples of ancient Roman 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 Site – The medieval town of Dubrovnik in Croatia

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Take an Italian Cruise and 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

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See It like a Local on a Mediterranean Cruise

Let Princess introduce you to the next port on the horizon like no one else can. On board a Mediterranean cruise, 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.

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Mediterranean Lifestyle & Culture

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. Find handcrafted Murano glass or sample Neapolitan pizza in a family-run Naples restaurant.

Photo: Greek folkloric dancers in Athens
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Natural Wonders & Landscapes

Explore natural wonders and landscapes on your Mediterranean cruise. Embark on a scenic drive through the vineyards of the Chianti region from Florence. Sink your toes into the black-sand beaches of Santorini on a Greek cruise, 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
Festival Of The Med

Onboard Enrichment

Experience sights, sounds and flavors of the Mediterranean right on board the cruise ship with our Festivals of the Med celebration. Celebrate the diverse cultures of the Mediterranean in a festival filled with music, food, dance and art. Learn a few steps of world-famous, local dances and practice your moves at a top deck party like no other. Study foreign language phrases that could come in handy, and test your knowledge of the region at a trivia game. Gain a greater appreciation of the spectacular Mediterranean while reveling in your time at sea.

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.

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In-Depth Land & Sea (Cruisetour) Vacations and Cruise Plus® Hotel Packages

Experience more ruins, renaissance and romance with a Mediterranean cruisetour. Combine your Mediterranean cruise with a multiple-night land tour and continue living the culture, exploring age-old remains and savoring local cuisine from dusk til dawn. Or, make a few more wishes at Trevi Fountain in Rome when you add extra days to the beginning or end of your cruise with a Cruise Plus Hotel Package.

Photo: Venice, Italy

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