It’s the most popular fly-cruise region for Australians and who doesn’t love a Mediterranean summer. Some of the world’s largest cruise ships from MSC Cruises and Royal Caribbean regularly sail out of ports such as Rome and Barcelona. The region receives millions of cruise visitors a year, drawn by its warm weather, culture, great food and history. In April, the world’s biggest ship, Symphony of the Seas, will launch from Barcelona. All the big names in cruise visit this wonderful part of the world including Cunard, Crystal Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Silversea and Seabourn. Italy, France, Croatia, Greece and Spain are popular with the larger cruise lines. Discover the crystal blue waters of the Greek Islands or see the wonders of Athens such as the Parthenon and visit the Central Market which sells souvenirs and antique trinkets. If you’re looking for a quieter holiday, smaller lines such as Katarina, which is based in Croatia, offer guests a more intimate experience. Katarina’s vessels range from yachts to unique ships that can access the islands and smaller inlets of the Croatian coast.