The Eastern Mediterranean

The Eastern Mediterranean encompasses a variety of stunning locations, many of which have been the setting for legendary battles and lasting myths.
Where breathtaking views insight awe and rich traditions thrive across tiny island communities.

As you cruise, you'll explore vibrant cities embracing modernity, while paying their respects to a fascinating past.

One of humanity’s most important crossroads, and now a route offering such variety of ports, the Eastern Mediterranean is a route paved with historic monuments and paradise-like island groups, where the past is celebrated in the present.


One of the most attractive towns on Turkey’s western Aegean coast, where intimate tranquil bays welcome a choice of water sport activities and UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites, such as Ephesus, invite insight into local culture.
Dating back to 3000BC, there is history etched into every aspect of this coastal town. Visit the Byzantine fortress of Kusadasi Castle providing stunning vistas over the bay, admire the unusual Ottoman architecture of the 17th century Haci Ibrahim Camii mosque, and experience the unique daily life in the Grand Bazaar.

Once a sleepy fishing village, Kusadasi has been transformed into a vibrant resort town home to some of the best beaches on Turkey’s western coast. Unwind on the golden sands of the quiet Kustur Beach, or wander the bustling promenade of Ladies Beach. 
Kusadasi, Turkey


Created by a volcanic eruption, the rugged landscapes of Santorini have become iconic as the foundation for the whitewashed and blue-domed houses of Fira and Oia.
Surrounded by turquoise water, visit the fishing village of Ammoudi Bay, Red Beach or one of the island's many boutique wineries.

As part of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea, Santorini is an island like no other. Famed for its extraordinary sunsets, witness the nightly spectacle of the sky plunging into a blood orange hue as the sun disappears into the azure ocean waters.
Immerse yourself in the island life by sampling the local Vinsanto wine, exploring the remains of the ancient Minoan city of Akrotiri, and basking on its unspoiled beaches.

Read our Santorini Destination Guide to discover more.

a blue fire hydrant sitting in the snow


Straddling Europe and Asia, Istanbul is a truly wonderful contrast of cultures.

Visit the beautiful Hagia Sophia, a triumph of Byzantine architecture and one of the most visited museums in the world. Enjoy the exciting atmosphere of the Grand Bazaar as it bombards your senses in the heart of Istabul's old town. Don't forget to sample Turkish coffee and eat traditional cuisine for the truly sensory experience


Where the sea meets the mountains, the Cypriot city is full of romance.
Make your way to Aphrodite's Rock and enjoy breathtaking views over the Mediterranean Sea. Stroll the old town and relax in Adonis Baths a beautiful blue lagoon and waterfall. Visit the castle and the Tomb of Kings and, if you can, time your visit for a musical performance at the Odeon Amphitheatre, one of the most important architectural sites in Cyprus. 

Cruise for longer

If you’re looking to extend your adventure, we’ve created a collection of combination cruises, consisting of two itineraries combined to complement one another. Combine The Charms of the Greek Coastline and Eastern Mediterranean Enchantment to discover stunning locations, breathtaking views and island life.