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How Much Does a Mediterranean Cruise Cost?

 
low cost6-9 Days: $550-$4,950average cost12-15 Nights: $800-$6,300high cost21-24 Days: $1,800-$36,000+
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Mediterranean cruises sail between Spain and Turkey, stopping along the way at the beach fronts and historical sights of Monaco, Italy and Greece. Prices vary by length of trip, cruise line and choice of stateroom.

Typical costs:

  • Six- to nine-day cruises through the Mediterranean cost about $550-$1,275 for an interior room, per person, double occupancy, depending on sailing date, trip length and cruise line. Prices during the holidays, summer months or spring break are typically higher than fall or late winter cruises. An upgraded room will cost about $600-$1,360 for an ocean view, $750-$1,710 for a stateroom with a balcony or $1,400-$4,950 for a suite. Holland America[1] offers a seven-day cruise between Italy, Spain and Tunisia for about $600, while Windstar Cruises[2] operates seven- and eight-day trips for about $2,000-$2,600 for two guests.
  • Mediterranean cruises spanning 12-15 nights are priced $800-$2,900 for an interior room, per person, double occupancy, depending on trip length, sailing date and cruise line. Upgrade to an ocean-view room at $1,050-$3,700, balcony $1,400-$4,875, or suite $2,180-$6,300. Princess Cruises operates a 12-day cruise from Venice to Turkey, then west to Spain starting at about $1,000, while Disney Cruise Line[3] offers a 12-day trip from Spain to Croatia in an interior room for about $2,665, per person.
  • A 21-24 day cruise through the Mediterranean costs about $1,800-$6,000 for an interior or ocean view, per person, double occupancy, depending on cruise line, choice of stateroom, booking date and sailing date. Upgrade to a balcony room starting about $2,800-$8,800 or a suite $5,700-$18,850. The larger ships operated by major cruise lines typically offer the lower rates, while many luxury all-inclusive cruise lines -- including complimentary bar and gratuities -- operate smaller ships with higher price tags. For example, Crystal Cruises[4] offers a penthouse suite at about $36,750, per person, depending on sailing date.
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What should be included:
  • Mediterranean ports of call may include Venice, Rome, Naples, Florence, Athens, Mykonos, Kusadasi, Istanbul, Livorno, Monte Carlo and Barcelona.
  • Onboard meals, most entertainment, gym--excluding spa services--and room service are typically included.
Additional costs:
  • Cocktails, beer and wine are served at bars and dining rooms throughout the ship and are not included in the ticket price. Wine may be about $6-$11 per glass, beer $5-$7 while cocktails could run $4-$10 each. Ask servers for the prices on the drinks of the day or an early-bird drinking specials when purchased before noon. A bar bill will appear in the stateroom on the last night of the cruise with a 15% gratuity attached.
  • Tipping for room and dining stewards may be prepaid, with a slight savings. Some cruise lines automatically bill the passenger's account for a set tip amount, either daily or on the last day of the cruise. Otherwise expect to tip about $10-$12 per day, per person. Tipping envelopes will either be delivered to the stateroom on the last evening of the cruise or may be picked up at the purser's desk.
  • Single cruisers typically pay supplemental fees of up to double on most cruise lines for a single occupancy cabin, or may choose to be assigned to another solo traveler to receive double-occupancy rates.
Discounts:
  • Early booking discounts of 10%-25% and other cruise deals[5] are available through most operators. Check to see if discounts come off the top of the ticket price or are available through onboard credit.
  • Early spring and late fall encompasses the low and off seasons when travelers may save about $150-$200 per person, for an interior room, depending on cruise line and sailing date.
Shopping for a mediterranean cruise:
  • The Cruise Lines International Association offers tips for finding the right cruise[6] .
  • Check CruiseCritic.com[7] and CruiseReviews.com[8] for possible itineraries and available cruise lines.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.hollandamerica.com/find-cruise-vacation/Main.action
  2.  www.windstarcruises.com/mediterranean-classic.aspx
  3.  disneycruise.disney.go.com/reservations/booking?execution=new-session
  4.  www.crystalcruises.com/mediterranean-cruises/rome-to-barcelona--2210-2211
  5.  www.royalcaribbean.com/dealsandmore/hotdeals.do?cS=NAVBAR&pnav=3&snav=1
  6.  www.cruising.org/
  7.  www.cruisecritic.com/
  8.  www.cruisereviews.com/
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