Is the economic turmoil in Greece deterring you from planning that dream cruise to the Greek islands? Don't let it. Prices in port are likely to be more tourist-friendly now, and there are plenty of fantastic ships to make the trip memorable. Here are five highly regarded options for your Greek cruise.
Windstar's signature voyage on Wind Surf explores the Greek Isles and Turkish coasts on a luxury yacht. You'll see the big stuff (think touring the Parthenon and the Acropolis in Athens and strolling through Mykonos), but each cruise also includes a private event at the Celsus Library of Ephesus with a five-course dinner in courtyard.
The 10-night Eastern Mediterranean cruise onboard Celebrity Reflection was the top preferred cruise on cruisecritic.com, where 86 percent of travelers ranked the trip their favorite. Departing (and ending) in Rome, it includes stops in Taormina (Messina), Mykonos, Kusadasi, Rhodes, Santorini, Athens (Piraeus) and Naples. Take it all in from your stateroom's bathroom, where an all-glass design boasts 360-degree views.
Disney Cruise Lines
If you thought Disney Cruise Lines was just for family-friendly trips in the Bahamas and Caribbean, think again. Now, the magic extends to Northern Europe and the Mediterranean. Ports of call include Piraeus (Athens) and Mykonos.
Holland America's MS Eurodam sails a variety of Mediterranean itineraries, including 12- and 24-day tours that include stops in Corfu, Katakolon (Olympia), Piraeus (Athens), Mytilene, Thira (Santorini) and Argostoli. Bonus: Guests on the MS Eurodam will be able to "show and tell" their vacation memories through the ship's onboard Digital Workshops that will show passengers how to take better vacation photos, make movies, edit pictures and create online scrapbooks — perfect for sharing with friends and family back home.
The 540-passenger Silver Spirit hits all of the high points and several lesser-known ports, including Piraeus (Athens), Katakolon (Olympia), Corfu, Myrina, Mykonos, Nafplion, Crete and Santorini.