The Mediterranean coast touches a variety of countries and cultures, which is great news for cruisers. Often split into Western and Eastern Mediterranean options, Western Mediterranean cruise highlights may include Barcelona, Rome (Civitavecchia), Lisbon, Villefranche and Nice. Popular Eastern Mediterranean ports include Athens (Piraeus), Santorini, Venice, Dubrovnik and Istanbul. Selecting a longer itinerary (more than 7 days) will often enable travelers to experience both regions. On a Mediterranean cruise, you’ll enjoy up-close views of world-famous art and awe-inspiring architecture. Enjoy the best local delicacies that the French, Italian, Spanish and Greek cultures have to offer, just to name a few.