The Mediterranean Sea is a sea connected to the Atlantic Ocean surrounded by the Mediterranean region and almost completely enclosed by land: on the north by Europe, on the south by Africa, and on the east by the Levant. The sea is technically a part of the Atlantic Ocean, although it is usually identified as a completely separate body of water.
The name Mediterranean is derived from the Latin mediterraneus, meaning "inland" or "in the middle of the earth". It covers an approximate area of 965,000² miles, but its connection to the Atlantic at the Straits of Gibraltar is just 9 miles wide.
With a unique combination of pleasant climate, beautiful coastline, rich history and diverse culture the Mediterranean region is the most popular tourist destination in the world - attracting approximately one third of the world’s international tourists.
An Eastern Mediterranean cruise takes you to a tourist’s paradise, combining beaches, landmarks, history and scenic splendours to great effect. Cruising to this end of the Mediterranean also leads to where Europe meets Asia. Right in the middle of this area is the bustling capital of Turkey, Istanbul: Colourful people, mosques & minarets, crafts and buildings, the city pulsates with its hawkers and carpet sellers. A place in which to immerse yourself in the different culture, foods and architecture, for many it’s one of the major highlights of an Eastern Mediterranean cruise.
The Western Mediterranean positively sparkles with possibilities. The buzz of bustling Barcelona. The glamour of the Côte D’Azur. The fountains and frescos of Rome. Arts and culture. Surf and sand. Café hopping and boutique shopping.
A Mediterranean cruise offers a perfect blend of the very best sights, attractions and activities where you will find one magical moment after another. Let the scenery and sights unfold and you’ll find culture-rich cities extending before you day after day. The cuisine is varied, ranging from enticingly rustic to contemporary and sophisticated. Rolling countryside is often just a step away. If the buzz of the city draws you, shopping opportunities range from chic boutiques to lovely local markets laden with fresh produce.