Cruise & Ferry Itinerary Planning 2022

2 8 cultures and history means that there really is something for everyone, from food lovers to art aficionados, fans of ancient history or modern cities – the Mediterranean has it all.” The Mediterranean is also a popular choice with Marella Cruises’ customers, due to “the range of destinations and famous sights they can experience within a relatively short period of time; as well as shorter flight time compared to a long-haul cruise,” says Neil Duncan, head of trading and planning. The Mediterranean features several very distinct regions, which have different trajectories when it comes to cruise. De Nardo sees the Western Mediterranean maintaining popularity “with seven-night voyages between Italy, France, Spain, Malta and Tunisia and more 10-night sailings to include the Canary Islands and Morocco.” She predicts the Eastern Mediterranean will continue to be popular for guests who like to combine a relaxing break with visits to historical sites. Regarding the Black Sea, she says: “It’s a consideration for the longer term if more ports could be developed for cruise liners, with turnaround operations in Istanbul.” For guests of Saga Cruises, immersive experiences in the Black Sea are a big drawcard. “We tend to find that it’s our COVER STORY From the top, a Celestyal Cruises ship sails past the Greek island of Patmos in the Aegean Sea, Costa Cruises’ Costa Smeralda berthed in Italy, and the city of Venice, Italy, which is a popular port of call on Mediterranean itineraries “ We proudly consider ourselves experts in the region” Chris Theophilides, Celestyal Cruises