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  • Mediterranean Cruises (Western)
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A cruise in the Western Mediterranean -- which primarily borders Italy, France, and Spain -- is the perfect first-time-to-Europe travel experience. Find out why.
 
Best Mediterranean Excursions for Families. What will your family enjoy in Rome, Venice, Naples and Florence? Let us give you some suggestions for outings in Italian ports.




Mediterranean Cruises (Western) ports
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Ajaccio Corsica
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Corsica may be French territory, but its wild, adventurous spirit is its own. French vacationers come here to get away from France without actually getting away from France. The rugged beauty of this island attracts thousands of visitors ea...
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Almeria Spain
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Almeria is located in southeast Spain, 114 miles east of Malaga. This magnificent city is known for having the best weather in all of Spain, as it is warm and dry virtually the entire year. It is a fabulous place to visit anytime, but Almer...
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Amalfi Italy
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Amalfi was once a major center of European culture and commerce. The mighty Republic of Amalfi thrived from the 9th Century through the 11th Century. It was home to around seventy thousand people and was an important player in the Mediterra...
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Barcelona
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Barcelona has always been a prosperous city, thanks to an exquisite harbor, fertile soil, and a population of hard working, caring citizens. This great city was a strong, incredibly diverse region when Madrid was still a fledgling town with...
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Bari
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The cruise port of Bari is located on the east side of the harbor and north of the historical center.The port of Bari has a major ferry connection between Italy,Albania, Croatia, Montenegro, and Greece. It can get really busy. For cruise...
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Bastia Corsica
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Bastia was established by the Genoese as their capital of the island in the late 14th century when they founded a citadel there. It is now the island's second largest city after Ajaccio. Although Napoleon appointed Ajaccio as the capital of...
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Bonifacio Corsica
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Corsica measures only 133 miles long and fifty miles wide. But its terrain varies greatly, with mountains and plains fighting each other for space, giving you the impression that the island is much larger. The Greeks called the island Kalli...
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Brindisi
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Brindisi is an ancient city in the Italian region of Puglia, the capital of the province of Brindisi. In the 21st century, Brindisi serves as the home base of the San Marco Regiment, a naval brigade originally known as the La Marina Regimen...
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Cagliari Sardinia
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The alluring port of Cagliari is the capital of Sardinia and it has been among the island's most significant metropolitan areas for its port, encircled by swamps on two sides. The hilly old town section is called the Castello, and offers...
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Calvi Corsica
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Calvi is a small port in a large bay on the northeastern section of Corsica. Like the rest of the island, its historic culture is fiercely independent, but more closely tied to Italian than French. During the Middle Ages it was dominated...
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Cannes
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Cannes wasn't always renowned. Within the fifth century, a little community of monks found their method to the encompassing Lerin Islands and established a monastery. For 100s of years, anglers and mariners were the only real occupants f...
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Capri
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    The Roman Emperor Tiberius, who ruled from 27-37, built twelve villas sprinkled all over the island, then visited a villa each evening to indulge his carnal pleasures. In early 1800s, the British began developing Capri; however the...
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Cartagena Spain
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Located in southeast Spain, Cartagena is a small port city that has only recently begun to attract travelers. This quiet, beautiful town has managed to stay relatively tourist-free over the years, but the secret is out; Cartagena, located 2...
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Cassis France
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Cassis is about 32 miles SE of AIX, just about mid-way back to Toulon, and both are in the region called Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, and part of an area called Bouches-du-Rhone. Cassis is on the southern coast of France, just east of Marsei...
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Catania Sicily
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Catania is situated around the eastern coast of Sicily at the tip of the biggest volcano in Europe, Mount Etna which towers behind the main harbor and it has completely destroyed the town twice. Most of the Greek, Roman and medieval stru...
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Civitavecchia Rome
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There’s no disputing that Rome is among the most breathtaking metropolitan areas in the whole world. To obtain an essence of what the main city of Italia needs to offer, you'd need a minimum of two days of solid sightseeing, and you mi...
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Crotone Italy
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Crotone is situated around the East Coast of Calabria, in Southern Italia, just along the way in the Adriatic towards the Tyrrhenian Ocean. Laying on Italy’s southern tip may be the port capital of scotland- Crotone, where ancient gree...
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Elba
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Elba and it is adjoining islands figure conspicuously in history. Victor Hugo spent a part of his childhood here before becoming an adult to create The Hunchback of Notre Dame and L'ensemble des Miserables, amongst others. More important...
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Florence Livorno
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Florence was the birthplace of the European Renaissance in the 14th Century. By the time it ended, an entire continent had been ushered through the Dark Ages and into a vibrant world full of indescribable artistic beauty. The achievements o...
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Genoa
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Genoa was once a major player in European politics. The Republic of Genoa called itself the Republica Superba, or Proud Republic. What's ironic is that Genoa's favorite son, Christopher Columbus, was born here, but it was in large part due ...
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Gibraltar
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The British colony of Gibraltar, known throughout the world as The Rock, is one of the most picturesque locations in the world. The importance of Gibraltar's geographic position, guarding the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea, has been real...
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Ibiza
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Once a virtually unknown island, Ibiza is now a haven for tourists. In the 1950s, the artists colony of Ibiza began to thrive, and by the 1960s, the island had become a favorite for European flower children and those searching for an escape...
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Mahon Menorca Spain
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  Port Mahon is the capital of the Spanish island of Minorca (also Menorca), part ofSpain’s Balearic Islands. Mahon is really a city with strong 1700s British character, including many Georgian structures in the old centre, a Gin disti...
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Malaga
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Málaga, the capital of the Costa del Sol, is home to 550,000 residents and is a marvelous city for visiting and sightseeing. The weather in Málaga is fantastic, and the wide array of activities and interesting features will have you beggi...
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Malta Valletta
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Sixty miles south of Sicily, you will find a magnificent island by the name of Malta. This Mediterranean dream is home to the lovely city of Valletta, a tourist's heaven. The waters off the coast of Valletta are a sparkling blue, and the...
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Marseilles Provence
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Marseille is France's second largest city, but it often goes unnoticed and unvisited by travelers who choose to spend their time in France either in Paris or along the sunny beaches of St. Tropez, Cannes, and Nice. They are missing out on o...
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Messina Sicily
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Messina is an unfortunate city on the northwest corner of Sicily. Actually, unfortunate doesn't begin to describe Messina's miserable luck. The invading Carthaginians destroyed the city over two thousand years ago. The city was rebuilt and ...
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Monaco
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Monaco is something of an anomaly in today's democratic world. Monarchies worldwide have either dissolved completely or they have seen their once absolute power reduced to ceremonial titles. But the Principality of Monaco presses on, with t...
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Motril Granada
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    Motril is really a town around the Mediterranean coast within the province Spain’s Granada. It’s situated half way between your resorts of Malaga towards the west and Almeria towards the east and it is the greatest town around t...
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Naples Italy
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Naples is definitely an acquired taste. Italy's third biggest city will certainly envision strong feelings. For many this is an admiration of this quintessentially Italian city's authentic vibe, while for other people it is a dislike for...
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Nice
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The Greeks founded Nice, naming it Nike, or Victory. They could not have been more accurate, as Nice has come to represent the perfect combination of French urban chic (it's the fifth largest city in France) and laid-back European enjoyment...
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Olbia Sardinia
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Olbia (puerto Cervo), Sardinia is a small port city that is considered the gateway to the heavenly Costa Smeralda (Emerald Coast). A playground for the wealthy, the region’s coastal waters vary from emerald to teal blue and the beaches...
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Palamos Figueres
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    Palamos lies in the middle of the Costa Brava, among the greatest bays within the Western Mediterranean region. Palamós is a leading tourist, commercial and fishing town.Palamós enjoys a privileged location with a dynamic commerc...
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Palermo Sicily
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Palermo is the Capital of Sicily, the biggest island within the Mediterranean, and also a tiny mass of land next Italy's boot toe. All Sicily's official trade is carried out within its biggest city, with 900,000 people calling this north...
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Palma de Mallorca
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Palma de Mallorca, the capital of the Balearic Islands, is the largest city in Mallorca, just few miles from Ibiza. It's 130 miles from Barcelona and it is shoreline is 310 miles long, which makes it a lengthy island within the Balearic...
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Piombino Tuscany
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Piombino is situated on a promontory high over the Thyrrenian Sea, just in front of the Isle of Elba. Piombino, modern and active town, has always been an important strategic place thanks to its particular geographic position which allow...
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Pisa
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Pisa lies across the Arno River, about six miles in the Ligurian Ocean as well as an hour's train ride from Florence. While Florence is much more world-famous than Pisa, it had not been always this way. Throughout the Dark Ages, Pisa was...
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Agrigento is situated a minimum of 3 kilometers from the pier Porto Empedocle. Among local people the Agrigento Cruise Port is commonly referred to as Porto Empedocle Vigata. The Agrigento port for call can be found in the province of Ag...
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Porto Vecchio Corsica
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Porto Vecchio port is situated around the southeast a part of Corsica, a French island popular because of its spectacular blue beaches and breathtaking emerald landscapes. That old district of Porto Vecchio is always is rich in heritage,...
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Portofino
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Portofino is the destination of choice for many of Europe's wealthiest tourists. Yachts are as common as cars, and pretty little villas have been built into the hills. The locals thumb their noses at the tourists who invade this sleepy Ital...
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Founded in the first century BC, Portovenere's strategic location has defined its history and its architecture. The Church of St. Peter was consecrated in 1198 on the rocky outcropping where it still stands. The dramatic location makes it t...
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Propriano Corsica
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In a protected cove with many tiny, sandy beaches, situated inside the gorgeous Gulf of Valinco, the town of Propriano mixes substantially sloping land with a barren, rocky hillside; natural and pastoral fields are situated beyond, peeri...
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Ravenna Italy
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Italians will rarely be in unison about anything, but many would be unanimous about the fact that the very best food in the nation is within Emilia-Romagna. Tortellini, fettuccine, Mozzarella dairy product, prosciutto crudo, and balsamic...
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Roses Figueres Girona
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Founded by Greeks within the pre-Christian period, the Catalan town is placed on the lovely curve of beaches on Spain’s Costa Brava. It's crowned through the Castell de la Trinitat, which moored the wall that ornamented the whole town i...
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Saint Tropez
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St. Tropez originates to define the French Riviera. The earth’s richest and many eccentric make a beeline for this party hotspot during the summer season. Some travel in fancy yachts. Others arrive by private jets. All arrived to enjoy ...
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Salerno Italy
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Salerno is a seaport at the eastern end of the Amalfi Coast, at the southeast corner of the Sorrento Peninsula. Salerno is a small city with a population of about 140,000 and is smoothly framed by mountainous landscape. The strong wind f...
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Sete
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Sete is known as the Venice of the Languedoc because of its canals. It is located on a peninsula between the Thau Lagoon and the Mediterranean at the foot of Mont St. Clair. The city has a large international population, lending it a cosmop...
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Seville Cadiz
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Seville is the Capital of Andalusia and it has become famous only for its beauty. The intrinsic splendor from the region continues to be accompanied by amazing guy-made architecture, mixing to create probably the most aesthetically appea...
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Sorrento
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Sorrento has long held a special place in the heart of Italians. Its rugged beauty has attracted poets, philosophers, playwrights, and authors for centuries. Roman mythology places Sorrento as the spot where sailors were lured to their deat...
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Taormina Sicily
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Taormina (Naxos), Sicily has beckoned seafaring wanderers since the trials of Odysseus were first sung in Homer's Odyssey. Strategically poised between Europe and Africa, this mystical volcanic land has been a melting pot of every great ...
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Valencia Spain
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Despite its proximity to the Mediterranean, Valencia's history and geography have been defined most significantly by the River Turia and the fertile floodplain (huerta) that surrounds it. Modern Valencia was best known for its flooding d...
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Vendres
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Located in the south of France, and on the Mediterranean Sea close to the Spanish frontier and the Costa Brava, , Port-Vendres dates back to 6th century BC, and has been an important fishing and commercial port ever since. Today, popular da...
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Venice
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Venice is called La Serenissima, or even the Serene Republic. In the beginning you might not recognize the lack of noise here. However it hits you - you will find no cars here. While you walk lower the center of the road, you'll marvel i...
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Villefranche
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Villefranche is one of the small beach towns nestled between Nice and Monte Carlo. As the train winds from the two major resorts, each stop along the way looks like a postcard. Villefranche and its neighbors, Beaulieu-sur-Mer and St. Jean C...
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