Mediterranean cruises are a wonderful experience. Warm weather and beautiful scenery wherever you go. Art, history, and culture at every port. The small ships stay close to the coast and stop at many ports that the large ships have to pass up.
Some of our cruise lines include ships that are at the upper limits of the definition of "small". They tend to sail more traditional itineraries but they are still small enough to call on many ports not available to the larger ships.
Just take a look at some of the itineraries. How soon can you pack?
Sea Dream Yacht Club - operates two identical ships - winters in the Caribbean and summers in the Mediterranean.
The Yachts of Seabourn - sail a number of interesting itineraries in the Mediterranean.
Linblad Expeditions - Mediterranean itineraries are mostly on the beautiful sailing ship, Sea Cloud and are confined to the Adriatic and Aegean Seas. The Sea Cloud is a magnificent ship preserved as it was when E F Hutton gave it to his wife in the 1930s.
Star Clippers - luxury in the Mediterranean - lots of itineraries to choose from on a true sailing ship.
Silversea Cruises - is at the upper edge of the small ship group but they certainly fit in the luxury class. They offer a number of itineraries throughout the Med.
Swan Hellenic - has a single ship that sails the world but spends some considerable part of the summer months in the Mediterranean.
Travel Dynamics - has several small ships that look much more like a super luxury mega-yacht than a traditional cruise ship. Their Mediterranean offerings are mostly confined to the Adriatic and Aegean Seas.
Variety Cruises - is another mega-yacht oriented company that covers the northern part of the Med with 4 small ships.
Voyages of Discovery - single ship cruise line that sails the world and emphasizes learning and enrichment with a number of onboard lecturers and in depth shore excursions.
Voyages to Antiquity - another single ship line that has, until recently, been totally focused on the Mediterranean (they have recently expanded to sail some itineraries in Southern Asian waters). Their commitment to learning and enrichment is at the top of the list. In addition to lecturers they have archeological students on board to help their small group excursions understand the history of the areas they visit.
Windstar Cruises - unique motor sailing yachts (MSY) - use motors for propulsion but have special computer controlled sails for a boost.