Luxury Europe cruise
With such a wide variety of cruises on offer, people visiting Europe on a cruise will be spoiled for choice when it comes to selecting spectacular ports of call or more out-of-the-way destinations to discover.
Cruises through the Greek Islands are a wonderful way to hop from one idyllic island to another, taking in the region's diverse history and wide range of cultural attractions.
When to go:
The main season is from May to October, with August and September the perfect time to travel here, but there are shps in the eastern Mediterranean year-round.
A Greek Islands cruise is a great way to see a range of spectacular landscapes wreathed in fascinating history and laced with legend. Olive groves and traditional villages cling to hillsides above clear turquoise seas, making this an incredibly scenic and culturally rich area to sail through.
The classic twin-masted Aegean sailing vessel is the gulet, sometimes referred to as a caique. These often informal boats are a great way to cruise the Greek Islands and allow you to access harbours that bigger boats can't reach.
Alternatively, take a luxury Greek Islands cruise and enjoy greater style and comfort as you discover the sites and heritage of the region. From Athens explore the Cyclades. The 200 islands here include sacred Delos, fashionable Mykonos, wild Paros and picture-perfect Santorini.
The northerly Sporades Islands contain Skiathos, which conceals more than 70 beaches, and Skopelos, which is rugged and known for its wine production.
The Dodecanese Islands are home to Patmos, Rhodes, Symi and Kos. The Mediterranean's fifth largest island, Crete, criss-crosswed with walking trails lies further south. The Ionian Islands include well-known heavyweights such as Zakynthos and Corfu
With more than 1,000 islands, islets and reefs scattered down the Croatian coast, a luxury Adriatic cruise is the ideal way to access a number of them as well as the renowned ports of Dubrovnik and Split.
An Adriatic cruise is the best way to discover Croatia's coast. Ships often launch from Venice in Italy then explore the Dalmatian Coast, which has been touted as the world's best cruising ground.
Dubrovnik is dubbed the 'Pearl of the Adriatic' and an essential port of call. Split is a similarly fascinating city.
The many islands off the coast also make excellent crusing options. Brac retains a flavour of traditional Croatia and boasts Croatia's top beach, Zlatni Rat; Hvar is the longest, most fashionable and possibly most beautiful island; medieval Korcula is both beautiful and architecturally rich; Kornati is stark, wild and a favourite with walkers; Mljet has sandy beaches and is well known for its olives, goat's cheese and unspoilt nature, whilst Vis boasts a beautiful, unspoiled landscape and is best for local food and wine..