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Best Cruises in the Mediterranean

U.S. News ranks 23 Best Cruises in the Mediterranean based on an analysis of reviews and health ratings. Allure of the Seas is the top-ranked ship overall. But you can filter your search based on price, region, traveler type and brand to find the best ship and itinerary for you.

#1 Allure of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
  • Overall Rating: 4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Unveiled in 2010, the 6,318-passenger Allure of the Seas is the world's largest cruise ship. Along with Royal Caribbean's signature amenities, like rock-climbing walls, casinos and ice-skating rinks, the ship houses seven unique neighborhoods that house a ... Reviews & Pictures»

#2 Celebrity Reflection (Celebrity)
  • Overall Rating: 4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Launched in October 2012, the 3,046-passenger Celebrity Reflection is Celebrity's newest ship. With more features than its Solstice-class siblings, including a top-deck Lawn Club complete with an art studio and open-air grill, along with three additional suite class ... Reviews & Pictures»

#3 ms Nieuw Amsterdam (Holland America)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Borrowing its name from the city of New Amsterdam (now known as New York City), this 2,106-passenger member of the Holland America fleet is famous for its extensive art collection. Valued at more than $3 million, the ms Nieuw ... Reviews & Pictures»

#3 Island Princess (Princess)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Thanks to its compact size, Island Princess can access hard-to-reach ports of call along the Panama Canal. And with the capacity to carry up to 1,974 passengers and 900 crew members, travelers can expect a more intimate onboard experience ... Reviews & Pictures»

#5 Vision of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Thanks to a dry dock in 2013, the 2,514-passenger Vision of the Seas now offers some of the amenities available on ships in Royal Caribbean's Oasis class. Introduced in 1998, the Vision-class ship now boasts five new dining ... Reviews & Pictures»

#6 ms Zuiderdam (Holland America)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The ms Zuiderdam first set sail in 2002 as the first of Holland America's Vista-class ships. Aboard the ship, guests can admire an extensive collection of paintings and sculptures by famed artists like Andy Warhol and Frank Lloyd Wright ... Reviews & Pictures»

#7 Queen Victoria (Cunard)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    3.5
    3.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Built in 2007, Queen Victoria is Cunard's smallest ship. Carrying around 2,015 passengers, Queen Victoria features a 1-to-2 crew-to-guest ratio, affording cruisers more tailored onboard experiences than larger luxury competitors. Previous passengers highlight the attention to detail and ... Reviews & Pictures»

#8 Emerald Princess (Princess)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

When compared with most other ships in the fleet, Emerald Princess feels larger. With nearly 900 Balcony category cabins (80 percent of all exterior rooms are appointed with a private balcony), Emerald Princess' staterooms are sleek and spacious. Each comes ... Reviews & Pictures»

#9 Norwegian Epic (Norwegian)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The 1,081-foot-long Norwegian Epic, which maintains a crew of 1,753 to cater to 4,100 passengers, has been navigating the Mediterranean and the Caribbean since 2010. It was aboard this ship that Norwegian premiered its Studio staterooms, designed ... Reviews & Pictures»

#10 Norwegian Jade (Norwegian)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The 2,402-passenger Norwegian Jade spends most of its time in the Mediterranean, passing through ports in Italy, Spain, Greece, Croatia and Turkey. Because of its ex-pat status, the ship appeals to an international crowd. And thanks to a major ... Reviews & Pictures»

#11 MSC Divina (MSC)
  • Overall Rating: 3.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Introduced in 2012, MSC Divina offers year-round sailings to the Caribbean, meaning travelers can enjoy leisurely sea days at one of the ship's numerous public spaces, including five pools and five outdoor lounges, en route to sandy beaches and ... Reviews & Pictures»

#12 Norwegian Spirit (Norwegian)
  • Overall Rating: 3.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Like Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Spirit spends most of its time exploring the Mediterranean, making stops in Barcelona, the Canary Islands and Casablanca, Morocco. This midsize ship can carry up to 2,018 passengers and 962 crew members and was first ... Reviews & Pictures»

#13 MSC Armonia (MSC)
  • Overall Rating: 3.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    3.5
    3.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Sharing similar characteristics to its fellow Lirica-class siblings, the MSC Armonia welcomes up to 2,199 passengers and 765 crew members — about the same capacity as its sister ship,  MSC Lirica. Though it first debuted in 2001, received an upgrade ... Reviews & Pictures»

#13 Costa Mediterranea (Costa)
  • Overall Rating: 3.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Costa Mediterranea first debuted in 2003, unveiling an almost identical style and configuration as Carnival's Spirit-class ships. But thanks to a facelift in 2008, the ship now offers a few unique features, including a spa-inspired cabin category that grants ... Reviews & Pictures»

#15 MSC Preziosa (MSC)
  • Overall Rating: 3.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    3.5
    3.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Introduced in 2013, MSC Preziosa is the cruise line's newest ship. Aside from its modern facilities, the ship also boasts the first Eataly Restaurant at sea — an Italian eatery and marketplace. Along with Eataly, MSC Preziosa offers eight other ... Reviews & Pictures»

#16 MSC Splendida (MSC)
  • Overall Rating: 3.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    3.5
    3.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Launched in 2009, MSC Splendida is among the largest ships in MSC's fleet, carrying more than 4,300 passengers and 1,370 staff members. While most reviewers compliment the state of the ship, describing the public areas as well-maintained ... Reviews & Pictures»

#16 Costa Magica (Costa)
  • Overall Rating: 3.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Introduced in 2004, the 3,470-passenger Costa Magica features four pools (including one with a retractable glass roof), five Jacuzzis and 5,500 pieces of art work. Costa Magica offers a similar style and design to its sister ship, Costa ... Reviews & Pictures»

#18 MSC Magnifica (MSC)
  • Overall Rating: 3.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    3.5
    3.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Part of MSC's Musica class, MSC Magnifica debuted in 2010, making it one of the line's newer vessels. Welcoming a little more than 2,500 passengers and nearly 1,000 crew members (and maintaining around a 1-to-2 crew-to-guest ... Reviews & Pictures»

#18 Costa Fortuna (Costa)
  • Overall Rating: 3.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Introduced in 2003, the 3,470-passenger Costa Fortuna has a style reminiscent of a traditional Italian ocean liner. Reproductions of works by Michelangelo and Raffaello lend an Old World flair, while elaborate replicas of 26 Costa steamships in the ship ... Reviews & Pictures»

#20 MSC Fantasia (MSC)
  • Overall Rating: 3.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    3.5
    3.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

One of MSC's largest ships, MSC Fantasia is a behemoth in every sense of the word. Proudly boasting a ship length that is greater than the Eiffel Tower, MSC Fantasia has the capacity for 4,363 guests and 1 ... Reviews & Pictures»

Disclaimers about ship ratings: A ship's Health Rating is based on vessel inspection scores published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If a ship did not receive a CDC score within 22 months prior to the calculation of its Overall Rating, its Health Rating appears as N/A; in such a case, the ship's Overall Rating is calculated using the average Health Rating of all CDC-rated ships within the cruise line. All ship Traveler Ratings are based on ratings provided under license by Cruiseline.com.