The Mediterranean has numerous advantages over other cruising areas, with its diversity of cultures, peoples, languages and history.
There are so many ports ideally suited to cruise passengers, with something to interest everyone, in most cases situated close to where the ship docks.
Nowhere else can such an array of culture and history be found in such a relatively small area.
While the weather from Spring through the Autumn is almost invariably ideal, even in the winter months the weather is generally very mild.
Some observers feel that within a couple of years, the Mediterranean will become a year-round cruise destination.
Indeed, the advantages of cruising the area outside the peak periods are certainly alluring, with the prospect of fewer crowds visiting the must-see attractions.
In a nutshell, there is nowhere else on earth where one can cruise to so many different countries within a short period of time and to sample as many flavours, cultures and retrace the footsteps of history as one can in the Mediterranean.
Luckily for cruise passengers, the choice and range of ships on which to so travel are getting wider each year!