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The remodeled Rhapsody also debuted refreshed staterooms, updated dining areas, and a nursery for families traveling with youngsters.<\/p>\r\n\r\n<h3>Rhapsody of the Seas itineraries<\/h3>\r\n\r\n<p>In 2019 and 2020, cruisers can book itineraries that depart from Tampa, Venice, and Barcelona. Journeys take travelers across three of the seven seas. Destinations include the western Caribbean, Mediterranean, and Adriatic, including ports of call in Belize, Mexico, Croatia, Greece, and the Canary Islands. Transatlantic journeys between Barcelona and Tampa are also offered.<\/p>\r\n\r\n<h3>Before you book<\/h3>\r\n\r\n<p><b>Why sail:<\/b> With its varied activities and itineraries, Rhapsody of the Seas caters to travelers of all ages. 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Why Go?

Once the cradle of ancient civilization, the Eastern Mediterranean still bustles: Centuries- and millennia-old monuments embed modern-day cities; mosques and markets stand on grounds that sultans once ruled; and further afield, crumbling ruins command cliffs, and whitewashed villas cascade down to sandy beaches.

The Eastern Mediterranean stretches from the Adriatic Sea — east of Italy to Croatia —southeastward to the Greek Isles and Turkey, and into the Holy Land and Egypt. Though the Western Mediterranean has traditionally been recommended for first-time cruisers, passenger numbers have been growing on this route.

Despite the fact that some of the region's sights attract throngs of camera-bearing tourists, the Eastern Med harbors off-the-grid hideaways if you delve further inland or anchor at whispered-about ports.

Touring the Eastern Mediterranean by ship is also convenient and efficient. You won’t have to deal with inter-island ferries in Greece or brave high-season traffic on Croatia’s coastal roads.

The ports serve a wide variety of interests: History buffs can explore the colonnaded library and well-preserved temples at Ephesus or revel in the ruins of stadiums at Olympia. The beautiful churches, palaces, and fountains of 13th-century sea-power Dubrovnik have justifiably been registered in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The more adventurous travelers have plenty of terrain to explore, too. Ride a four-by-four on Corfu’s stony roads through olive groves, or mount a quad vehicle and traverse the dusty hills of Cyprus.

Relaxation is an option here as well. Though itineraries can be jam-packed with sights, you can choose to take things at a slower pace: Lounge on gorgeous beaches, poke around sleepy village shops, or sip a glass of wine from a vineyard.

Foodies will also find something to write home about. The region has an abundance of fertile farmland and fruit groves. The results are delectable, and famous local specialties (think grilled octopus, spit-roasted lamb, spinach burek) taste better here than anywhere else.

When To Go

Cruise season in the Eastern Mediterranean runs from April to October, with the majority of sailings scheduled from May through August — when resorts are in full swing, waters warm enough for swimming, and the forecast (more often than not) sunny.

In Greece, Easter is also peak season, and August is particularly crowded. Shore excursions book up fast in the summer, so reserve early if you’re sailing then.

By September, soaring temperatures have cooled down and tourist throngs thinned. This is the time — along with early spring — to save some money or score a good deal.

And remember: The strongest of the regional “Meltemi” winds coincide with the high-traffic months, and they can create rough sea waters and even change the course of sailings.

Routes

Adriatic Sea: Itineraries typically leave from Venice and sail to southern Italy, as well as along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast. It’s a scenic voyage of fishing villages, islets, and coves. Smaller ships anchor at off-the-beaten-track destinations, such as Pula and Korcula, Croatia; or Kotor, Montenegro, while other sailings integrate ports in Turkey, Greece, or Italy.

Greek Isles: Popular with honeymooners and couples, these cruises embark from Venice, Athens (Piraeus), or Istanbul and frequently hit the islands of Santorini, Mykonos, or Corfu. Some routes focus on antiquity, with stops in Olympia (Katakolon) or Ephesus (Kusadasi). These itineraries are a good choice for those who want to mix relaxation and culture.

Holy Land: The ports of Nazareth (Haifa) or Jerusalem (Ashdod) often figure into longer itineraries that also include stops in the Greek Isles, Turkey, Malta, or southern Italy. These cruises often take on an ancient civilization theme. 

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  • Limassol, Cyprus
  • Mykonos, Greece
  • Le Piree
  • Santorini, Greece
  • Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
  • Haifa, Israel
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Fabulous Turkey/Greece trip! by Cruiser45323714

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Ship: Viking Sky

The cruise, overall, was a lot of fun. Was not initially excited to go, but once there, had a great time. The destination ports were all different and very informative. Great excursions provided by Viking. The guides were mostly good and informative to insure a great excursion. Food was the best I have ever had on any cruise, with a good variety to choose from. Drinks were good as we did purchase the drink package, which is well worth it! Rooms were very nice and roomy. Really, have no major negative comments to add. Would highly recommend this cruise to anyone wanting learn and see Ancient Roman/Greek history!

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Everyday More Beautiful Than Imagined by ageeah

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Ship: Seabourn Encore

An awesome trip back to Ancient history. Beautiful destinations, all unique in their own way. Turkey was a big surprise, we had no idea how rich it was in history & culture. The Seabourn experience was also unique with the small passenger load. We were delighted to find other travelers similar to us in age & lifestyle that made the trip even more enjoyable.

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Absolutely wonderful Greek islands Cruise by BradJohnstone

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Ship: Viking Sea

We very much loved this cruise! The one major disappointment (Knossos closed) was overshadowed by the rest of the cruise, and any issues (noisy room, premium liquor package availability at all bars were dealt with to our satisfaction). Thank you VIKING!

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Spectacular Middle East Itinerary by agoldsleger

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Azamara Pursuit is a very nice ship with excellent service for the most part. The itinerary was very good and it allowed us to see many sites at a leisurely pace. I would probably sail on the ship again for the right itinerary.

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Amazing Itinerary by Cruiser61270257

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Winderful itinerary. Beautiful ship with very attentive crew. Love the small size of the ship.

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