Cruises have long been seen as a sophisticated way to explore the world. You get to lie back on deck as your ship elegantly sails into the next port. Choose to go on Mediterranean cruises in 2013, and you'll enjoy the thrill of this type of break.
What makes the Mediterranean stand out from other cruise destinations is that it boasts a beautiful climate and some of the most chic countries in the world. Your days will be spent seeing leading cultural sights and tucking into mouth-watering local cuisine, while you can fill your evenings with your ship's busy entertainment schedule.
Below are some of the main reasons why the Mediterranean should be your first and only port of call for a luxurious getaway.
It is home to a cafe culture
One of the best ways to immerse yourself in a country's culture is to sit outside one of its classy cafes or restaurants and sip on a large fresh coffee or glass of wine as you watch the world go by. The Mediterranean is known for its cafe culture, and on a cruise to this corner of the globe you will have plenty of opportunity to enjoy it and to get under the skin of the lives of the lcoals. Imagine relaxing beside a canal in Venice soaking up the sight of the gondolas drifting by, or sitting in a cafe overlooking the old city walls in the Pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik.
It boasts top historical sites
The Mediterranean is the perfect place if you are interested in history, with so many sights to see, you will definitely be spoilt for choice. Greece is one of the best countries for culture vultures, especially Athens. Attributed to the birth of modern-day civilisation, the city is home to the Museum Mile, where you can walk along a pedestrianised strip that is solely dedicated to helping you delve into Greece's past. Of course, you can also make the climb to the Acropolis, one of the most renowned classical sites in the world.
Egypt is another Mediterranean stop-off where you can soak up plenty of history. The pyramids will probably be at the top of your sightseeing list, and rightly so, as the sheer size and number of them are truly breathtaking. The Pyramids of Giza are one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
It is easily accessible
You will find that cruising in the Med is a hassle-free and convenient way to holiday as this part of the world is compact. This means the majority of cruising will be done during the night, resulting in you waking up refreshed in a new destination each morning. This really is an exciting way to travel and allows you to see several countries in one convenient and relaxing holiday.
Many of your cruises will depart from Mediterranean ports such as Venice and Barcelona. If you really want to treat yourself, you might decide to fly in a few days before your ship departs so you can have a short break in a chic city first. This will enable you to get in holiday mode and you might even pick up an outfit or two in one of the designer boutiques to wear for your evening meal.