Planning the Perfect Mediterranean Cruise
Windstar's Wind Spirit at anchor in Greece
Photo courtesy of Windstar Cruises
A reader named Terratiger is wondering which cruise line, ship, itinerary, and cabin she should choose for a Mediterranean cruise. Since a lot of savvy cruisegoers read this blog, I'd love to hear your suggestions for her. Here's her question:
"Wendy, I'm an avid reader, both the magazine and online. We've never been on a cruise but are dying to go (or at least I am). Our friends who have cruised many times on Celebrity say "the only way to go" is to get a room that overlooks the back of the ship. First of all, we're not sure we like the idea of the 2,000-plus-passenger ship. Second, it appears that many of the larger rooms and balconies are in the middle of the ship. My husband says he trusts any choices I make (lucky me), so I want to get this right. We're not interested in the "dress-up" scene and not particularly interested in the dining room thing; much more our style to have dinner on our balcony almost every night, complete with great view and privacy.
We'd much rather spend what it takes to have a five-star, relaxed experience. At the same time, we would like a good value for our money. My research seems to keep bringing me back to Regent Seven Seas, Crystal and Oceania. My husband says he'll go wherever I want (again, lucky me) and I'd love to go to the Mediterranean (Greek Islands, Sicily, Dalmatian Coast). Smaller ports sound more fun to me than the big cattle-call ones. Any help you can give on cruise lines, particular ships, rooms/suites, destinations/itineraries, best times of year, etc. I really want this to be a first-class experience for us so that he'll go again...Thanks."
Aaaah, cabins on the ship's stern. I had one--with a balcony--on a Regent Seven Seas cruise through the Chilean fjords, and it afforded nearly 300-degree views, since we could see the landscape off both sides of the ship simultaneously. And I too love those hidden-gem Mediterranean ports: My favorite cruise in the Med so far was a 14-nighter on Windstar from Athens to Monte Carlo because the ship stopped at charming, out-of-the-way islands that we might not otherwise ever get to: Kefallonia, Elba, and the like.