Popular for romantics and history lovers alike, a Greek cruise will get you up close and personal with the ancient world. Ports on the mainland include Athens, Greece's capital, as well as Gythion and Katakolon, the gateway to Olympia. Each Greek Isle has its own feel. Look for nightlife in Mykonos and sunsets in Santorini; many cruises stay late to take advantage. You won't find a better beach spot than Corfu, and Old Town in Rhodes is a shoppers dream.
A lesson in ancient Greece begins when your cruise ship docks in the Port of Piraeus (pronounced pee-reh-us), which has served as the port for Athens since the fourth century B.C. As an ancient Athenian port, it was frequented as the most important trade center of the world.