Some stops on Eastern Mediterranean cruises can include Athens, Crete, Rhodes and Mykonos, Greece; Limassol, Cypress; Split and Dubrovnik, Croatia; Istanbul and Izmir, Turkey; and Varna, Bulgaria. Depending on the cruise line, ports can also include Haifa and Ashdod, Israel; Venice, Italy; and Sochi, Russia.
MSC Cruises, Costa and Norweigan Cruise Lines all cater to Mediterranean and Eastern Mediterranean itineraries. The MSC's ship, Poesia, embarks on an eight-day trip that starts at Venice, Italy, and sails south to Bari, Italy, and Katakolon, Greece, before going around Greece to Izmir and Istanbul, Turkey. On the way back through the Mediterranean, the ship stops at Dubrovnik, Croatia, before returning to Venice. Another eight-day trip starts at Venice and travels to Bari and Katakolon as well, but the ship stops at Santorini, Piraeus and Corfu, Greece, before traveling back north to Kotor, Montenegro, and Venice.
Costa Cruise also offers Eastern Mediterranean cruises such as Panoramas of the East, a 12-day voyage that starts in Venice, Italy, and travels to Bari before making its way to Greece, Malta, Sicily, Montenegro and Croatia. The Return to the Holy Land cruise travels from Rome and Savona, Italy, to Olympia and Heraklion, Greece, before traveling south to Ashdod, Israel. The ship returns through Athens, Greece.