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August 2019 Cruises to the Eastern Mediterranean

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  • 7 Night
    Greece & Croatia Cruise

    Cruise Critic Favorite
    Leaving:
    Venice
    Visiting:
    Dubrovnik, Kotor ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    Cruise Itinerary

    • Day 1
      Venice
    • Day 2
      Dubrovnik
    • Day 3
      Kotor
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Santorini
    • Day 6
      Katakolon (Olympia)
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Venice
    Ship Details

    Rhapsody of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Personalized service and consistent quality in the main dining room and buffet

    Cons

    Entertainment options could be improved; shows amused but rarely wowed

    Bottom Line

    Comfortable, intimate midsize ship offers a solid choice of amenities

    Reviews

    Rhapsody of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.5/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Greek Isles Cruise

    Cruise Critic Favorite
    Leaving:
    Venice
    Visiting:
    Kotor, Corfu ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    • Day 1
      Venice
    • Day 2
      Kotor
    • Day 3
      Corfu
    • Day 4
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 5
      Mykonos
    • Day 6
      Argostoli
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Venice
    Ship Details

    Rhapsody of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Personalized service and consistent quality in the main dining room and buffet

    Cons

    Entertainment options could be improved; shows amused but rarely wowed

    Bottom Line

    Comfortable, intimate midsize ship offers a solid choice of amenities

    Reviews

    Rhapsody of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.5/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 2019 Best for Shore Excursions

    7 Night
    Mediterranean - Eastern Cruise

    Leaving:
    Venice
    Visiting:
    Split, Mykonos ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    MSC Cruises
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    Cruise Itinerary

    • Day 1
      Venice
    • Day 2
      Split
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Mykonos
    • Day 4
      Santorini
    • Day 5
      Mykonos
    • Day 6
      Dubrovnik
    • Day 7
      Ancona
    • Day 8
      Venice
    Ship Details

    MSC Sinfonia - MSC Cruises

    Intimate, mid-sized ship

    Primarily geared to Europeans

    Night owls can howl at the hip Pasha Club

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    MSC Sinfonia Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 7 Night
    Mediterranean - Eastern Cruise

    Leaving:
    Venice
    Visiting:
    Bari, Katakolon ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    MSC Cruises
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    • Day 1
      Venice
    • Day 2
      Bari
    • Day 3
      Katakolon (Olympia)
    • Day 4
      Santorini
    • Day 5
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 6
      Corfu
    • Day 7
      Kotor
    • Day 8
      Venice
    Ship Details

    MSC Magnifica - MSC Cruises

    Pros

    A relaxed, Brit-friendly ship that's suitable for all ages

    Cons

    Lack of speciality dining and water park

    Bottom Line

    Well laid-out vessel offering good value-for-money

    Reviews

    MSC Magnifica Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 2019 Best for Embarkation

    11 Night
    Amalfi Coast & Greek Isles

    Leaving:
    Rome
    Visiting:
    Catania, Malta ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    • Day 1
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 2
      Catania
    • Day 3
      Malta (Valletta)
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Santorini
    • Day 6
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 7
      Mykonos
    • Day 8
      Nafplion
    • Day 9
      Katakolon (Olympia)
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Naples
    • Day 12
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Edge - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Beautiful and innovative with outstanding accommodations and extensive dining choices

    Cons

    Expensive upcharge restaurants, spa and drinks; nighttime entertainment lacks variety

    Bottom Line

    A hip-at-heart ship that may challenge the expectations of experienced cruisers

    Reviews

    Celebrity Edge Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.5

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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 2019 Best for Families

    7 Night
    Greek Isles Cruise

    Leaving:
    Rome
    Visiting:
    Santorini, Mykonos ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    Cruise Itinerary

    • Day 1
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Santorini
    • Day 4
      Mykonos
    • Day 5
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 6
      Katakolon (Olympia)
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    Ship Details

    Jewel of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Few gimmicks, great service, rarely raucous

    Cons

    Costly extras, unimaginative entertainment

    Bottom line

    Uncomplicated classic cruising with all the traditional trimmings

    Reviews

    Jewel of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.5/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining3.0
    Service5.0
    Value3.0

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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 10-night
    Amalfi & Dalmatian Coast Voyage

    Leaving:
    Rome
    Visiting:
    Positano, Sorrento ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Azamara
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    Cruise Itinerary

    • Day 1
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 2
      Positano (Amalfi)
    • Day 3
      Sorrento
    • Day 4
      Taormina (Messina)
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Kotor
    • Day 7
      Dubrovnik
    • Day 8
      Hvar
    • Day 9
      Zadar
    • Day 10
      Venice
    • Day 11
      Venice
    Ship Details

    Azamara Pursuit - Azamara

    Pro: Beautifully renovated ship that offers intimate spaces and lively atmosphere.

    Con: Most cabins, especially the bathrooms, are small and feel tight.

    Bottom Line: Perfectly sized to sail into more remote ports; the shore experience is integrated onboard.

    Reviews

    Azamara Pursuit Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    0.0/5
    Cabins
    Dining

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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 2019 Best for Service

    12 Night
    Mediterranean Greek Isles

    Leaving:
    Barcelona
    Visiting:
    Malta, Santorini ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    Cruise Itinerary

    • Day 1
      Barcelona
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Malta (Valletta)
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Santorini
    • Day 6
      Mykonos
    • Day 7
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 11
      Florence (Livorno)
    • Day 12
      Marseille
    • Day 13
      Barcelona
    Ship Details

    Vision of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Crew works hard to bring the fun; a smaller size ship means it's easier to navigate

    Cons

    Cabins showing age; fewer options for food, entertainment than larger ships

    Bottom Line

    Solid option for a value cruise, but set expectations if you're used to bells and whistles