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The Greek Isles is one of the world's most popular cruise destinations for a reason. There's truly something for every type of traveler in the Greek Isles, whether you're on a romantic getaway, a memorable family vacation, or an adventure all on your own. When you cruise the Greek Isles with Norwegian Cruise Line, you'll stop in some of the most beautiful and historical ports in the world.

Let's take a look at some of the exciting destinations and ports you can visit when you book a Greek Isles cruise in 2025 with Norwegian.

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Ruins of Venetian castle in Naoussa, Paros Island, Greece
Ruins of Venetian castle in Naoussa, Paros Island, Greece

Explore Greece with Norwegian

With crystal-clear waters and bright blue rooftops, you'll recognize the majesty of Santorini as soon as you arrive. This port offers countless chances to take in the splendor of the Greek Isles, from guided walking tours to cable car rides. After you explore the city, you can relax on a stunning beach or stroll along the remnants of a volcanic eruption.

Another breathtaking port in the Greek Isles is Rhodes, nestled right off the coast of Turkey. Home to an ancient acropolis and playfully colorful buildings, Rhodes will leave you wondering if you've walked into a storybook. You can even get up close and personal with one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Colossus of Rhodes, making for an unmissable photo opportunity.

One of the richest centers of history and culture in the world is Athens (Piraeus), another stop on many of Norwegian's Greek Isles cruises. At this port, you'll explore the Greek capital, home to countless historical landmarks, such as the Acropolis, the Olympian temple, and the Parthenon. When you're not traversing the ancient streets or taking in the culture at one of the city's museums, you can stop for local cuisine and shop for souvenirs from native artisans.

Kerkyra, Corfu, Greece
Kerkyra, Corfu, Greece

See Mykonos, Corfu & Crete

If you've heard of the Greek Isles before, you're likely already familiar with the spectacular city of Mykonos. This port of call is a vacationer's paradise, with stretches of soft, sandy beaches where you can recline in the Mediterranean sun. You'll even find dance clubs and bars on some of the beaches, so you can stay out on the coast all night long. There are also opportunities for off-road excursions that take you into the countryside and near some of Greece's most impactful sights, including ancient ruins and historical roads.

Lush green tree canopies and vibrant blue waters await you in the port of Corfu. You can feel the influence of ancient Venetians throughout the city, with ornate facades, marble statues, and looming columns that make you feel like you're in Rome. Fans of Greek mythology will be especially excited by Corfu's ties to Greek history and folklore, as the city is rumored to be the very Island of Scheria from Homer's Odyssey.

For a taste of life on the largest Greek island, you can visit the port of Heraklion (Crete). You'll be greeted by quaint stone beaches with gorgeous views of the sea, as well as ruins from ancient times throughout the city. With architecture from the 13th century, you can see marvels such as Venetian-style buildings and the Minoan palace of Knossos, famed for its housing of the Minotaur in Greek mythology.

Water park center in Turkey's tourist city of Antalya
Water park center in Turkey's tourist city of Antalya

Explore Turkey on a Greek Isles Cruise

You'll see more than Greece on a Greek Isles cruise with Norwegian, as many voyages stop in Turkey, another of the region's most historically rich areas. In the port of Kusadasi, for example, you can walk the same streets as ancient Greek residents once did and visit several ruins and excavation sites from archeological digs. Other can't-miss sites in Kusadasi include the ruins of the Roman Library of Celsus, the Basilica of St. John, and the rebuilt Temple of Artemis.

Another popular stop for cruisers in Turkey is Istanbul, a wonderland of fashion, culture, and art. Here, you can take in all the rich history of Turkey by visiting ancient monuments and mosques with intricate facades, such as the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. With tulips being a symbol of the city, it's no surprise that you'll find gorgeous tulip blooms in the city's many gardens.

Abu Simbel Temple in southern Egypt
Abu Simbel Temple in southern Egypt

See the Pyramids in Egypt

Just a short sail away from Greece is Egypt, which is home to several ports that you can visit with Norwegian. One of the most exciting ports in Egypt is Alexandria, as it has an incredibly significant history, having been founded in 332 B.C. There are countless historical sights to see, including ancient ruins, ornate tombs, and what's left of the Great Library of Alexandria. You can even brave the Catacombs of Kom al-Shoqafa that run underneath the city's streets if you're looking for an adventure.

You'll also get the chance to visit Port Said on some Greek Isles cruises, a colorful city that was founded in 1859. Right along the Suez Canal, this city gives you the chance to see some of Egypt's most famous historical landmarks after a short drive, such as the Great Sphinx and the Great Pyramids of Giza, including the Great Pyramid of Khufu, which is the oldest member of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

If you're in the mood for a walking tour, you can take one all around Cairo and learn even more about Egypt's history. There's also the Khan el-Khalili bazaar, where you can shop for souvenirs, such as gemstones, leather goods, and spices.

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