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.

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