The Greek islands are always growing in popularity as a cruise destination. There are hundreds of islands scattered like jewels over the Mediterranean and they offer a combination of picturesque scenery and astounding history that few destinations can match. So where to start? One option is to select a cruise that takes in the main highlights of the region over a 10-day period. Key attractions in the Greek islands include the perfectly preserved harbours of Mykonos; the famous white-washed houses of Santorini; the wonderful beaches and landscapes of Corfu; Cephalonia's magical scenery (setting for Captain Correlli's Mandolin); the castle guarding the port of Kos; and finally the old-walled town of Rhodes. This is only a taste of the full mezze platter of wonderful attractions awaiting cruise passengers - see the Word Travels resort guides to Greece for more information.
Travellers should think carefully about what type of an experience they are after. A large cruise liner offers luxury and comfort, but is somewhat out of place when looming over a tiny, historic port town. Consider looking for a smaller vessel, sailboat, catamaran charter or megayacht to get a little more 'up close and personal' with the islands. The smaller boats also allow for swimming stops. Another option with appeal to those with specific itineraries is to use the basic ferry system to get from island to island. Don't expect luxuries however, although the scenery is quite pleasant.
Most cruises are round-trips from the Port of Piraeus in Athens, which has become the cruise ship hub of the Mediterranean. Athens, of course, has many attractions to offer, from iconic sights like the Parthenon and Acropolis to fabulous shopping and the best of Greek cuisine. Make sure to allocate some time to explore.