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Greek Island Cruises

Hopping happily from one incredible holiday hotspot to the next is – without a doubt – the ultimate way to experience the rich culture, fantastic cuisine, and outstanding hospitality this beautiful part of the world has to offer. And, there are always fantastic cruise deals available when it comes to sailing to Greek Islands.

What’s the Best Way to See the Greek Islands?

There’s no denying that the best way to see the Greek Islands is by a cruise; giving you the chance to visit an array of destinations throughout the region, all whilst enjoying all of the amenities a cruise ship has to offer. So, if you’re considering a cruise to Greece, you’re in the right place; we have everything you need to know about cruises around the Greek Islands from what you can expect from some of the most popular places in Greece, to answers to some key questions you might have about a Greek Island cruise.

Greek Islands 

Greece, as a holiday destination, isn’t just a great place to sun-soak and enjoy some truly sensational scenery – although, you can definitely do both of these in this sunny corner of the globe; the Greek Islands offer unrivalled opportunities for outdoor adventures, from Kayaking to quad-biking, and the chance to dance the night away at some of the best beach parties in the Mediterranean.

Or, if you’d rather spend your time fully immersing yourself in the local culture and rich history of this island-surrounded peninsula, you’re in luck! From the Parthenon and Acropolis of Athens to Knossos of Crete and the Arch of Galerius, visit all the impressive ancient ruins scattered across the Greek Islands and lose yourself in the epic tales, mysteries, and legends of Ancient Greece and Ancient Greek mythology.


If that all sounds like something right up your alley, you’ll be pleased to know that there are a few ways to ensure you’re making the most of your Greek cruise. For example, you can opt for a ‘cruise and stay’ holiday and extend your time in the sun at the start (or, of course, at the end) of your Mediterranean getaway. This will give you more time onshore, all the fun of island hopping in the Aegean Sea, and the chance to get stuck into even more unmissable events and activities – not to mention a stay in a luxury hotel with all the finer details taken care of!

Or, why not take advantage of an upcoming all-inclusive cruise through this part of the world and indulge yourself with all the excellent cuisine available both on and off your cruise ship?

There really are so many options and there’s never been a better time to visit Greece and cruise around the Greek Islands. Keep reading for a few specifics on some of the sensational stops you could enjoy on a Greek Island cruise and answers to some of the most common questions about this popular holiday pick.

The Best Greek Islands to Visit

With over 200 populated islands surrounding both the Balkan Peninsula and Peloponnese Peninsula, which make up the Greek mainland, there really is so much to explore and enjoy when it comes to Greece.

Your Greek Island cruise isn’t going to stop at all 227 of those populated islands, though, but that doesn’t mean you’re not spoiled for choice when it comes to destinations. Below, we have a little more on some of the most popular stops on a cruise around the Greek Islands and what you can expect from each one of these amazing ports of call.

Cruises to Corfu

A top choice when it comes to cruises around the Greek Islands, Corfu is home to an abundance of lush greenery, old Venetian fortifications, and some of the nation’s most spectacular monasteries – such as the 16th century Saint Spyridon church. Not only this, but you’ll find a bounty of beautiful, family-friendly beaches to relax on here and some truly fantastic food. 

This small but oh-so mighty island packs a world of glorious sunshine, unique culture, and fun-filled activities into one unforgettable stop. Whether you’re looking to enjoy your time ashore at a slower pace, or you’re ready to get stuck into all the action and entertainment on offer, you’ll find Corfu more than capable of catering to your needs.


You can find out more about cruises sailing to Corfu right here, and if you’re planning on travelling with your family in tow, be sure to check out our article on the top family-friendly cruises for even more information.

Cruises to Santorini

One of the most dramatically beautiful Greek Islands you can visit during a cruise to Greece, Santorini boasts picture-perfect scenery in every direction you look. The location of one of the most devastating volcanic eruptions in history (one that thankfully happened over 3,500 years ago now), this island is home to stunning white-washed churches, homes nestled along the top of the awe-inspiring cliff tops, and the opportunity to have a fantastic adventure. 

Find your new favourite souvenir in the local marketplace, indulge in delicious seafood dishes on the waterfront, and enjoy an exciting excursion further inland to discover the ruins hidden among this rugged landscape.


For those of you hoping to enjoy a luxury cruise and an equally-luxurious cruise destination, Santorini really does tick all the boxes.

Cruises to Rhodes

The historical capital of Greece and once-home to the ancient wonder the Colossus of Rhodes, this Greek Island is a true paradise of sensational sunshine, relaxing recreation, and captivating culture. With well over 30 different beaches along the coastline, this stop is particularly great if you’re hoping to spend an afternoon soaking up the sun – and then slipping into the sea to cool off. 

However, if you would rather spend your time soaking up some of the culture, Rhodes has more than enough of that to enjoy. From quaint cobblestone streets lined with cosy restaurants and shops to a plethora of museums and the Palace of the Grand Masters, there’s just so much to experience here.


If you’re looking to visit Rhodes in the future, you may want to consider booking onto one of the Mediterranean-bound no-fly cruises from the UK – a fantastic option that means you have plenty of time to enjoy both the Greek Islands on the itinerary and the cruise ship itself!

Cruises to Athens

The modern capital of Greece and home to some of the nation’s most famous landmarks, Athens is an unmissable destination for anyone enjoying a cruise to the Greek Islands and Mediterranean. Blending traditional Greek culture with exciting modern attractions, the port area of Piraeus, and the city of Athens beyond it, offer something for cruisers of all ages and interests. 

Once the beating heart of Ancient Greece, you’ll be able to enjoy some fantastic food while experiencing the iconic Parthenon, Acropolis of Athens, Temple of Olympian Zeus, and more during your visit. Whether you’re new to Greek history, an avid enthusiast, or just looking for a shore excursion in the sun, Athens is a must-see for everyone on a Greek Islands cruise.

Athens Scenery 

With so many incredible luxury Greek Island cruises stopping off at this incredible city, there’s never been a better time to book that dream holiday to the Mediterranean.

Cruises to Mykonos

Favoured by some of Hollywood’s finest, Mykonos has become one of the most popular Greek Islands in recent years – and for good reason, too! With an incredible nightlife, stretches of sensational sandy beaches, unrivalled luxury shopping opportunities, and so much more, this is one place you’ll want to visit if you’re looking for the very best of modern Greece.

Although, that doesn’t mean it’s all hustle and bustle – so, don’t worry if you’re looking for something a little more laid back. You can always take a dip in the sparkling blue seas, enjoy lunch at a waterfront cafe, and wander around beautiful historic landmarks at your own pace.


While anyone on a cruise to Greece will enjoy a stop at Mykonos, this destination will be a real highlight for those looking to let their hair down; the partying here really is the best!

Cruises to Nafplio

With almost every inch of Greece overflowing with unmissable culture and cuisine, and so much of this great Mediterranean nation so popular, the smaller resort city of Nafplio is an underrated cruise destination you won’t want to miss if you’re travelling to the Greek Islands.  Offering a wonderful blend of impressive scenery and sensational seafood, you’ll find yourself with plenty to enjoy when you stop here on your Greek Islands cruise. The impressive Venetian fortifications dominating the stunning landscape make sightseeing here all-too-easy, and anyone looking to leisurely learn more about this particular island will find some exceptional museums to visit, too.


There’s something for everyone on Nafplio, and those looking for a quieter moment on their cruise around the Greek Islands will find this destination a particular highlight.

Which Cruise Lines go to the Greek Islands?

As you might imagine, Greece is only growing in popularity as a holiday destination for cruisers both new and experienced. So, while this may make some Greek Island cruises in high demand, it does mean that several major cruise lines chart multiple voyages of varying sizes and durations to the area every year.

Popular cruise lines that sail to Greece and offer Greek Island cruises include:

And, luxury cruise lines that sail to Greece include:

What is the Best Cruise Line for the Greek Islands?

Well, this all depends on your preferences, personal tastes, and budget – as explained above, a variety of cruise lines sail through the Mediterranean and visit Greek Islands.

If you’re looking for a more laid-back cruise – a more luxurious holiday where you can indulge yourself both onboard and ashore – you might want to consider booking with Oceania Cruises or Silversea Cruises. However, if you’re looking for a more informal, casual vibe, then P&O Cruises or Celebrity Cruises are great options.

When is the Best Time to Cruise the Greek Islands?

While there’s never a bad time to go on a cruise holiday to the Greek Islands, a voyage sailing between May and September will give you the best weather – which is perfect if you’re looking to soak in the sun above all else.

Couple in Greece 

It’s worth keeping in mind, though, that travelling to Greece in July and August will be a little busier due to the school holidays. Destinations like Santorini and Athens will be even more popular during these months. So, while Greek Islands are among some of the best family cruise destinations, it’s worth keeping this in mind if you’re after something a little more laid back.

Which is the Best Greek Island to Visit for the First Time?

We know saying ‘all of them’ in response to this question is cheating a little bit, but all of the Greek Islands cruises visit are fantastic in their own ways and well worth visiting if you’ve never been before.

That being said, those of you looking for a lively stop on your Greek Island cruise will want to keep an eye out for shore excursions to Mykonos, Corfu, and Santorini – all popular destinations with plenty of bars and restaurants to enjoy.

If you’re looking for something a little more laid back, Nafplio and Katakolon might be better-suited – though, you will find quiet spots in all the Greek Islands you’re cruising through.

Athens Attraction 

History buffs and guests interested in Ancient Greece will want to visit Athens and Rhodes especially – although, there’s so much to discover on every Greek Island, so you’ll find yourself with more than enough historical sites and museums to enjoy.

What to Wear on a Greek Island Cruise

When it comes to working out what to wear when you visit the Greek Islands, the best advice is to dress comfortably for the weather you’re expecting to experience – both while sailing onboard your cruise ship and during your days ashore. So, if you’re cruising in the summer months, light clothing – casual shirts, shorts, sundresses, and sun hats – are going to be your best friend. It can get pretty warm and, when you’re exploring, shade can be sparse.

It’s also worth double-checking the specific dress code of the cruise line you’re sailing with if you’re packing your bags, though. While most cruise lines will be fine with you wearing comfortable resort wear throughout the day, the same sort of clothing you may want to wear while ashore, you might find some luxury cruise lines a little more restrictive when it comes to more casual clothing. You can find out more about what to wear on a cruise with several popular cruise lines right here.

It’s also worth remembering that you’re always going to benefit from bringing some comfortable – and sensible – footwear on a cruise, and this is especially true if you’re visiting Greece.

The Greek Islands you’ll be visiting are far from flat and some of the most interesting landmarks and stunning views are from hilltops. So, making sure you’re comfortable heading up to enjoy them is more important than you might think.

Are Greek Island Cruises Worth It?

Absolutely, for so many reasons! If you’re looking for a holiday in the sun without too many sea days, Greece is a fantastic option – thanks to the fact it’s a lot closer to the UK than the Caribbean. Also, with where Greece is in the world, you can also visit stunning cities like Venice, Dubrovnik, and Barcelona during a cruise to Greece – all fantastic holiday hotspots in their own right.

Greek scenery with flag 

Cruises to Greek Islands also come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, with both budget-friendly cruise lines and luxury cruise lines alike. This means, no matter what, you’ll be able to find the perfect Greek Island cruise for you – regardless of your preferences, tastes, how much time you have to spend on your holiday, and budget. Everyone will be able to enjoy this spectacular slice of paradise. Greek Island cruises are also among the best family cruises for Summer, and there are some excellent deals available right now.

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