Big boat or small? While large ocean liners offer more facilities, amenities, services, and options, they can't explore the tiny islands and rocky coastlines that smaller vessels can.
While that might not be an issue on long distance transoceanic voyages, it does make a difference when sailing through areas such as the Mediterranean, with its spectacular vistas.
Wouldn't you rather get up close and personal?
Silversea Cruises will offer a series of voyages through the Mediterranean aboard its luxury cruise liners in the summer of 2013. Passengers will be able to explore many locattions that simply cannot be reached by larger ships.
"We are offering the best of Europe this summer,” says Steve Odell, President of Silversea for Europe and Asia-Pacific.
“With our Italian heritage, we are excited to show guests these destinations as only an insider can."
This Summer's Top Three Mediterranean Voyages
Here are a few samples of some of the Mediterranean voyages that Silversea Cruises will have on offer this summer …
Monte Carlo, Monaco to Piraeus (Athens), Greece
The 296-guest Silver Cloud offers a nine-day cruise that sails from Monte Carlo to Piraeus (Athens). The vessel is small enough to access some of the more secluded spots in the region, and stops at various ports including Livorno (gateway to Florence), Civitavecchia (Rome), Sorrento, Messina, Valletta, Nauplia and Mykonos.
Round-trip Barcelona, Spain
Get to know Barcelona and the neighbouring countries of France and Italy aboard the Silver Wind. This seven-day voyage departs from Barcelona and sails up the coast to Sete and Ajaccio (Corsica) in France; Alghero (Sardinia), before sailing back to Barcelona via Porto Mahon, Palma De Mallorca and Valencia.
Venice, Italy to Piraeus (Athens), Greece
Embark on this eight-city tour from Venice to Athens on board the 540-guest Silver Spirit. The nine-day journey offers a cultural experience like no other, with stops at Zadar and Dubrovnik in Croatia; Kotor in Montenegro; Corfu, Chania and Nafplion in Greece; before arriving in Piraeus (Athens).
Silversea's fares include all-suite accommodation with butler service; gourmet meals with menus designed by Relais & Châteaux, complimentary wines, Champagne, and spirits served throughout the ship, and all gratuities. Online Exclusives – Find the Perfect Cruise