Deluxe Cruises

Here are some of the deluxe cruises of the Mediterranean region, organized by cruise line.

Any of these would give you an excellent cruise experience, because they are considered among the "best of the best."

Azamara Cruises

Competing mainly with Oceania in the deluxe cruises market, Azamara was launched by Celebrity Cruises in 2007, who are in turn owned by Royal Caribbean. The 2 ships are mid ship size and so can have more off the beaten track itineraries.


  • Butlers in every cabin
  • High crew to guest ratio
  • Exotic destinations and ‘destination experts’
  • Fine cuisine

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity have always been admired for their high levels of personal service, a reputation they are keen to retain while launching bigger and more modern ships. The new Solstice ships are the new giants of the premium lines, carrying 2,850 passengers.


  • High levels of personal service
  • A 'lawn club' on the highest deck (real grass between your toes)
  • Cellar Masters wine tasting programme
  • Aquaspa with jacuzzi's and special spa staterooms

Crystal Cruises

Crystal offer luxury on a larger scale, with their 2 ships carrying over 900 passengers and many more facilities than some of the other luxury lines. Itineraries are interesting too, with some routes offering themes such as photography and food and wine.


  • High crew to guest ratio
  • More space per guest
  • Range of dining choices, including sushi
  • Good childrens facilities

Cunard Cruises

The Cunard line is one of the oldest cruise lines having started out in 1840 as a fleet of steam ships crossing the Atlantic. Today its 2 huge ships carrying over 2000 passengers offer itineraries from the UK around the Mediterranean.


  • Traditional British customs from afternoon tea to pub grub
  • Oxford dons and RADA students offer classes
  • Reminders of the golden age of traveling at sea

Oceania Cruises

Luxury at a mid market price is their motto, with food and service their priorities. They offer 3 ships in the mid ship size range and itineraries that often have overnight stops.


  • Fine service and fine dining
  • New Tranquility bed offers high levels of comfort
  • Mid market pricing offers great value

Voyages to Antiquity

From May 2010 the Aegean Odyssey will offer cultural cruises around the Med, targetting specific ports with historical and cultural interest, offering a learning experience on board with guest lecturers and a well stocked library of reference books.


  • A learning and cultural experience
  • Itineraries with historial interest

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