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Cruising the Mediterranean

Taking a cruise through the Mediterranean is a great way to see the coastal regions of Europe without having to switch hotels. Spanning from Spain to Turkey, this body of water is where many of the earliest civilizations set sail. Your itinerary may include ports in France, Croatia, Greece and more, but start here for the basics on cruising the Mediterranean:

Before You Go

The first decision you’ll need to make is what ship you want to sail on. Typically, larger ships will cover more ports of call and offer more diverse shore excursions, while smaller ships will weave between more offbeat destinations and offer a more intimate atmosphere. Since your ship will be the home base for your whole vacation, it’s important to pick one that suits you.

Bonita Barcelona

This seaside Spanish city is a very popular starting port for Mediterranean cruises. With over 75 airlines flying in and out of the airport, you won’t have any problem finding a flight. Try to plan ahead for some extra time in Barcelona before (or after) your cruise. From the famous church, La Sagrada Familia, to the pedestrian-friendly shopping area Las Ramblas, Barcelona is the perfect place to switch from work-mode to vacation-mode.

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