The Eastern Mediterranean

The Eastern Mediterranean encompasses a variety of stunning locations, many of which have been the setting for legendary battles and lasting myths.
Where breathtaking views incite awe, and rich traditions thrive across tiny island communities.

As you cruise, you'll explore vibrant cities embracing modernity, while paying their respects to a fascinating past.

One of humanity’s most important crossroads, and now a route offering such variety of ports, the Eastern Mediterranean is a route paved with historic monuments and paradise-like island groups, where the past is celebrated in the present.

Kuşadasi

One of the most attractive towns on Turkey’s western Aegean coast, where intimate tranquil bays welcome a choice of water sport activities and UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites, such as Ephesus, invite insight into local culture.
Dating back to 3000BC, there is history etched into every aspect of this coastal town. Visit the Byzantine fortress of Kuşadasi Castle providing stunning vistas over the bay, admire the unusual Ottoman architecture of the 17th century Haci Ibrahim Camii mosque, and experience the unique daily life in the Grand Bazaar.
 
Once a sleepy fishing village, Kuşadasi has been transformed into a vibrant resort town home to some of the best beaches on Turkey’s western coast. Unwind on the golden sands of the quiet Kustur Beach, or wander the bustling promenade of Ladies Beach. 
Kusadasi, Turkey

Santorini

Created by a volcanic eruption, the rugged landscapes of Santorini have become iconic as the foundation for the whitewashed and blue-domed houses of Fira and Oia.
Surrounded by turquoise water, visit the fishing village of Ammoudi Bay, Red Beach or one of the island's many boutique wineries.
 
As part of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea, Santorini is an island like no other. Famed for its extraordinary sunsets, witness the nightly spectacle of the sky plunging into a blood orange hue as the sun disappears into the azure ocean waters.
 
Immerse yourself in the island life by sampling the local Vinsanto wine, exploring the remains of the ancient Minoan city of Akrotiri, and basking on its unspoiled beaches.
Santorini,, Greece

Istanbul

Straddling Europe and Asia, Istanbul is a truly wonderful contrast of cultures.

Istanbul is a place where one could easily lose themselves in the history of the region.    

The sites, aromas and sounds of this former Byzantine empire, will astound and amaze you.  The most famous of sites is the beautiful Hagia Sophia, a triumph of Byzantine architecture and one of the most visited museums in the world. An engineering marvel for its time, it was the largest building in the world, first constructed as a Greek Orthodox Patriarchal Christian cathedral, while later serving as a mosque, before being turned into a museum.

Equally as stunning is the nearby Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque.  The mosque was constructed over a 7 year span, from 1609 – 1616, as a way to reassert Ottoman power.  Nearby is the Roman-era Hippodrome, known as the social and sporting center of Constantinople, famous for its horse and chariot racing.  It is said that large amounts of money were bet on these races, with as many as 8 chariots racing at a time (two per team), each of which was sponsored by one of the four competing political parties.

Enjoy the exciting atmosphere of the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest and largest in the world, as it tantalizes your senses with stalls upon stalls of aromatic spices, Turkish coffee, and other culinary delights.  Be amazed by the handwoven Kilim rugs, copperware, pottery and other goods handcrafted and sold in the bazaar.  Be sure to sharpen your bargaining skills to fully appreciate your experience.
Istanbul

Paphos

Where the sea meets the mountains, the Cypriot city is full of romance.
 
Make your way to Aphrodite's Rock and enjoy breathtaking views over the Mediterranean Sea. Stroll the old town and relax in Adonis Baths a beautiful blue lagoon and waterfall. Visit the castle and the Tomb of Kings and, if you can, time your visit for a musical performance at the Odeon Amphitheatre, one of the most important architectural sites in Cyprus.