Mediterranean Small Ship Cruises get you away from crowded cruise ship ports
The Mediterranean, or "Middle Earth" encompasses the region of land surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, which includes portions of Europe, Asia and Africa. The Sea is the uniting factor for these three quarters of the globe making it rich in world history. As a superhighway of transport, trade and cultural exchange it provides mass appeal to those searching for an enriching, historical adventure. With pleasant climate, beautiful coastline, ancient architecture, breathtaking scenery, and diverse culture, the Mediterranean is the most popular destination in the world, and perfect for small ship cruising.
The flora of the Mediterranean Basin is dramatic. Its 22,500 endemic vascular plant species are more than four times the number found in all the rest of Europe; the hotspot also supports many endemic reptile species. As Europeís vacation destination, populations of threatened species are increasingly fragmented and isolated to make way for resort development and infrastructure. The Mediterranean monk-seal, the barbary macaque and the Iberian lynx, which is Critically Endangered, are among the regionís imperiled species.