Discover the natural beauty and magic of the Mediterranean, home to some of Europe’s most guarded treasures and awe-inspiring destinations. From the Vatican City in Italy to the cultural hotspots in Barcelona, you can discover Old Europe from a fresh perspective and immerse yourself in local traditions and experiences during your shore excursion. Here are top three picks for cruises to the Mediterranean.

Norwegian Spirit 

You’ll be traveling in style aboard the Norwegian Spirit featuring 14 restaurants, 12 bars and lounges, and the famous Tivoli Pool. This ships also has its own casino, spa and fitness center. Spend your days enjoying time at the pool and enjoying the wealth of gourmet dining before heading to the Stardust theater for comedy acts and the White Hot Party with other guests. The Mandara Spa is the perfect place to enjoy luxurious spa treatments, including acupuncture and customized body treatments.

Oceania Cruise Riviera

Whether you’re heading to Malta or Rome, the Riviera cruise ship features 11 decks and sophisticated, luxury cabins for an unforgettable cruise experience. You can have some fun at the Monte Carlo-style casino, take cooking classes at the Bon Appetit Culinary Center, and get pampered at the award-wining Canyon Ranch SpaClub. One of the highlights of boarding this ship is dining at Jacques, a venue that recreates the menu of Master Chef Jacques Pepin. No matter where your Mediterranean adventure takes you, you’ll be treated to the finer things in life aboard the Riviera on every day of your voyage.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Seven Seas Explorer

One of the newer ships heading to the Mediterranean, the Regent Seven Seas Explorer boasts over-the-top luxury and the opportunity to participate in the exclusive Gourmet Explorers Tours where you can make pesto in Portofino and go shopping for speciality foods in Corfu. It’s a foodie lover’s paradise but there are also opportunities to enjoy a deluxe spa treatments at the Canyon Ranch SpaClub and dine on gourmet food at Chartreuse, a Parisian-style brasserie.