Taking a Mediterranean Cruise can be one of the most exciting and interesting journeys to embark on, whether you're on a romantic trip with your significant other or on a relaxing getaway with your family. Norwegian Cruise Line offers departure ports from Barcelona, Venice, and Rome, so be sure to browse these cities and historical marvels before you set sail and go on your way.
Mediterranean Cruises from Barcelona
While cruising from Barcelona, you won't want to miss the Gothic barrio, Gaudi's picturesque Park Guell and Sagrada Familia cathedral. Barcelona is rich with culture and panoramic views. You can enjoy the sights by hopping on a bus and going into the mountains, where you can find quaint little villages and enjoy tapas and wine in one of their many cafes. I can't think of a better way to kick off your cruise than arriving in this city and enjoying all it has to offer.
Mediterranean Cruises from Venice
If cruising from Venice, you are in for a treat. Venice is a breathtakingly gorgeous city and the perfect place for a romantic rendezvous. It is a very walkable city full of restaurants and shops, and home to the very colourful Murano glass. While in Venice, you won't want to miss the Piazza San Marco, where this large cathedral is located. You will also want to take a gondola ride through its famous canals. It's also very impressive to see these large cruise ships navigate through all these little islands through the Grand Canal as you set sail on your adventure.
Mediterranean Cruises from Rome
If you're cruising from Rome, there are many museums and cathedrals to explore. You can visit the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, see the world-famous Colosseum, and throw coins in the Trevi Fountain to assure your return. If you want to see bones, there is no need to go all the way to the countryside catacombs, as the Capuchin Crypt, right in the heart of Rome, has them fully on display. One fair warning, though, it's not for the faint of heart. With all the charming cafes Rome has to offer, you won't be able to resist having some delicious Italian food and a cappuccino before you get on board.
Mediterranean Cruises for the Whole Family
Experiencing the Mediterranean on a family cruise is also very convenient. Forget packing and unpacking at every city, and say goodbye to checking in and out of hotels every time you want to explore a new place. You'll essentially be aboard a travelling hotel with amazing accommodations and plentiful amenities, to make your trip as smooth and comfortable as possible.
Norwegian offers many stops on their Mediterranean cruises with plenty of amazing cruise ships to embark on. After exploring each Mediterranean port city, you can unwind on the ship's many lounges, or visit a spa to relax and soak your tired muscles. You can also enjoy the ship's many onboard activities and dance the night away at the disco, then go to sleep and wake up in a new port town to explore all over again. If you want to experience as many places as you can in the least amount of time, a cruise vacation is certainly the way to go.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was originally published on Jan. 10, 2018. It has been updated to show related itineraries.