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Mediterranean Cruise Lines

There are approximately 30 Mediterranean cruise lines operating in and around the Mediterranean Sea, ranging from the enormous floating hotels to the small independent sailing ships.

The biggest is Carnival, which also owns Costa, Cunard, Holland America, Princess, Seabourn and Windstar. The next biggest is Royal Caribbean, which also owns Celebrity and Azamara. The others are mostly independent with some exceptions. They all have different styles and price points, so I have tried to group them into affordability:

Luxury cruises

Luxury holidays most suited to the very wealthy, generally older passengers, with no children.

  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Seabourn Cruises
  • Silversea Cruises
  • Seadream Yacht Club

Deluxe cruises

Luxury but slightly more affordable cruises on the Mediterranean.

  • Azamara Cruises
  • Oceania Cruises
  • Crystal Cruises
  • Cunard Cruises
  • Voyages to Antiquity

Popular cruises

Appealing to the majority, these are not the cheapest Mediterranean cruises, but do generally offer good value in relation to the packages they offer.

  • Carnival Cruises
  • Costa Cruises
  • Disney Cruises
  • Fred Olsen Cruises
  • Holland America Cruises
  • MSC Cruises
  • NCL Cruises
  • P&O Cruises
  • Princess Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises

Budget cruises

Appealing to those that want a great experience on one of the more affordable cruises on the Mediterranean.

  • EasyCruise
  • Ocean Village Cruises
  • Thomson Cruises

Sailing ship cruises

Proper sailing ships can take you around in real style. They will more than likely visit the Turkish, Croatian or Greek islands, and will avoid the big Mediterranean cruise ports.

You can also charter your own yacht and sail your own itinerary if you have the right qualifications. Again these generally operate out of the Aegean coastal area.

  • Star Clipper Cruises
  • Windstar Cruises

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