Why a luxury cruise is the best way to see the Mediterranean?
The magnificent Mediterranean is an ever-popular holiday destination with some regions dating back to ancient times.
It’s famous for its exceptional range of tempting cuisines, colourful cultures and ground-breaking art and architecture. There is one stand-out benefit of choosing a cruise for your Mediterranean jaunt, and that’s that you can be roaming the ‘Eternal City’ of Rome one day and the next sampling the vivacious vintages of Sicily’s stunning wineries. In short, discover more of this vast region without the need to unpack over and over. But when it comes to the more luxury cruise lines like Regent Seven Seas Cruises®, the exceptional benefits and personal service make it evidently the best way to experience the Mediterranean.
Ultra-luxury cruise lines, like Regent, boast smaller, more intimate ships. While this typically means a more personalised service and no crowded spaces, it also means ships that can dock in less touristy spots, closer to the heart of a city. Take Paphos, for example. Regent are one of few cruise lines able to dock in the small harbour of Paphos, right in the centre of this stunning city. Within easy reaches of both the new and old parts of town, guests stopping here are able to take in the ancient Greek mythology of Aphrodite, spend a couple of hours soaking up the sun on one of many gorgeous beaches and go for a spot of shopping later in the afternoon – all in one day.
The Mediterranean might already be a familiar stomping ground for many travellers, that’s why ultra-luxury cruises endeavour to provide unique and enriching shore excursions in these locations. While some offer a small, limited selection of free options, Regent are thrilled to be able to offer free unlimited shore excursions in every port of call. In popular ports like Barcelona, where you may have already seen all the sights, you could instead enjoy a wine tasting and cellar tour in the lauded Jean Leon estate. In Korcula, you can even enjoy a visit to a private family home where you will be greeted graciously by your hosts. Spend the day learning about their life, chatting and dining on freshly prepared Croatian snacks and lunch, which you can also help to prepare if you wish. While these come at no extra charge, Regent also offer even more immersive Regent Choice Shore Excursions for personally-led tours and Go Local Tours for more authentic, off-the-beaten track experiences. Some may come with a charge, but many are still included in your fare.
A taste of luxury
Let’s face it, the Mediterranean is known for its utterly sumptuous cuisine whether it’s Spanish tapas-style, heartier pastas or totally unique street food. That’s why Regent eagerly embraces these traditions both on board and ashore. Immersing their guests shoreside, they offer a whole host of free foodie excursions and even more specialised Gourmet Explorer Tours for your epicurean interests. Docking in Corfu, you could join one of the chef’s on a market tour in the Old Town, to gather ingredients and speak with local merchants for a dish you’ll then learn how to prepare in the Culinary Arts Kitchen on board (select ships only). If you just prefer eating your dish to preparing it, enjoy fine dining at no extra cost on all of Regent’s ships, with freshly prepared dishes reflecting local ingredients and culinary traditions.
If we’ve re-ignited your desire to visit the sun-lit shores of the Mediterranean why not take a look at some of Regent Seven Seas Cruises® exceptional sailings, and discover the difference for yourself.