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Cruising the Mediterranean.

Historians pinpoint the lands around the Mediterranean as the birthplace of Western thought and culture. Here, perhaps more clearly than anywhere else, we can see how early man blossomed into, well, a gentleman. On a cruise around the region—with time as well in Italy, Monaco, and Malta—come meet Phoenicians, Minoans, Greeks, Romans, Venetians, Genoans, and their friends (and enemies) who reshaped their world through conquests, art, poetry, mythology, and a bit of luck.

8 to 13 Days.

Croatia, Greece, Italy, Monaco, Montenegro, Slovenia, Turkey

Type:Ocean Cruising



Around the Mediterranean, Western civilization got its start.

     R. Crusoe partners with  Silversea Cruises to present legendary journeys that Homer himself would have written home about. We adore the Greek islands and the mainland as well as the lands beyond—Italy, Turkey, Malta, Monaco. And getting around aboard an elegant small ship is half the fun.

     R. Crusoe offers 10 wonderful itineraries around the Mediterranean. We have chosen five exceptional and elegant ships to take us there, all members of the Silversea Cruises fleet: the 296-passenger Silver Cloud and Silver Wind, the 540-passenger Silver Spirit, the 382-passenger Silver Whisper, and the 596-passenger Silver Muse.

     Come cruise with us—and consider extending our journey on terra firma in Greece, Turkey, Italy, or elsewhere.

Please note: On this journey, R. Crusoe & Son partners with Silversea Cruises, and Crusoe travelers share the ships with other, non-Crusoe travelers.

Rome to Nice. Aboard  Silver Spirit. 11 Days.

Departs Wednesday, 26 April 2017.
Embark in Rome, Sorrento, Taormina, Valletta, Trapani, Olbia, Ajaccio, Livorno, Portofino, disembark in Nice, France.

Rome to Athens. Aboard  Silver Muse. 11 Days.

Departs Saturday, 6 May 2017.
Embark in Rome, Sorrento, Amalfi, Taormina, Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes, Kusadasi (Ephesus), Dikili (Pergamum), disembark in Athens.

Athens to Monte Carlo. Aboard  Silver Cloud. 11 Days.

Departs Tuesday, 9 May 2017.
Embark in Athens, Kusadasi (Ephesus), Mykonos, Corinth Canal, Itea, Zakinthos, Taormina, Sorrento, Rome, Cinqueterre, Livorno, disembark in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Athens to Rome. Aboard Silver Muse. 13 Days.

Departs Saturday, 15 July 2017.
Embark in Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes, Heraklion, Monemvasia, Katakolon, Valletta, Taormina, Palermo, Sorrento, disembark in Rome.

Nice to Rome. Aboard  Silver Spirit. 8 Days.

Departs Saturday, 6 May 2017.
Embark in Nice, France, Olbia, Trapani, Valletta, Siracusa, Amalfi, Sorrento, disembark in Rome.

Athens to Athens. Aboard  Silver Spirit. 8 Days.

Departs Sunday, 3 September 2017.
Embark in Athens, Monemvasia, Agios Nikolaos, Marmaris, Kusadasi (Ephesus), Mykonos, Mytilene,  disembark in Athens.

Athens to Athens. Aboard  Silver Cloud. 9 Days.

Departs Wednesday, 19 April 2017.
Embark in Athens, Monemvasia, Santorini, Marmaris, Kusadasi (Ephesus), Mykonos, Canakkale, Myrina,  disembark in Athens.

Monte Carlo to Rome. Aboard  Silver Wind. 10 Days.

Departs Thursday, 13 April 2017.
Embark in Monte Carlo, Livorno, Ajaccio, Cagliari, Trapani, Valletta, Siracusa, Amalfi, Sorrento, disembark in Rome.

Athens to Monte Carlo. Aboard  Silver Whisper. 10 Days.

Departs Monday, 24 April 2017.
Embark in Athens, Nafplion, Valletta, Siracusa, Lipari, Sorrento, Rome, Nice, disembark in Monte Carlo.

Rome to Monte Carlo. Aboard  Silver Spirit. 10 Days.

Departs Saturday, 7 October 2017.
Embark in Rome, Sorrento, Siracusa, Valletta, Trapani, Olbia, Livorno, Portofino, disembark in Monte Carlo. 

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Per person sharing cabin from $3,195 for an eight-day itinerary.

Per person sharing cabin from $3,645 for a nine-day itinerary.

Per person sharing cabin from $3,285 for a 10-day itinerary.

Per person sharing cabin from $3,555 for an 11-day itinerary.

Per person sharing cabin from $7,065 for a 13-day itinerary.

For more information, to book, or to speak to an R. Crusoe & Son travel specialist, please call us at 800-585-8555.

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About Our Ships.

Silversea ships offer R. Crusoe & Son travelers the luxury and personalized service they expect while away from home. All onboard suites feature butler service, champagne upon arrival, fresh fruit and flowers, refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences, European bath amenities, down duvets, fine bed linens, premium mattresses, a choice of nine pillow types, plush robes and slippers, personalized stationary, binoculars, umbrella, daily news summary, WiFi Internet access (fee applies), and daily suite service with nightly turndown.

     If only home were this perfect...

Silver Spirit.

A new vessel in the Silversea fleet, the 540-passenger, 376-crew Silver Spirit offers distinctive luxuries and celebrated lifestyle Silversea guests adore as well as enticing enhancements including Stars Supper Club, an Asian-themed restaurant, an expansive 8,300-square-foot spa, a resort-style pool, four whirlpools, and the largest suites in the Silversea fleet—95 percent of them with private verandas.

     Also onboard the Silver Spirit: several dining rooms and lounges, a beauty salon, spa, fitness center, outdoor pool, boutiques, casino, card room, Internet Café, self-service launderette, cognac and cigar lounge, library, a supper club, and a theater.

Silver Cloud & Silver Wind.

Sister ships, the Silver Cloud and Silver Wind epitomize everything that Silversea stands for. Designed to provide the most intimate of sailing experiences, the ships carry a maximum of 296 guests each. They have the luxury of space and the ability to slip into exotic ports off the beaten path.

     The Silver Cloud and Silver Wind are  often described by returning guests as feeling like their own private yachts and their home away from home. The ships' six public decks offer plenty of space to spread out while you cruise. Eaxh has a fitness center, outdoor pool, beauty salon, full-service spa with saunas, an entertainment venue, casino, boutique, library, Internet café, four bars, and four dining rooms.

     All cabins are suites, and all feature butler service, a refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your preferences, European bath amenities, down duvets, fine bed linens, premium mattresses, your choice of pillow, spa robes and slippers, personalized stationery, binoculars, umbrella, and daily news summary.

     WiFi Internet access is available in all suites at additional cost.

Silver Whisper.

     Taking Silversea’s award-winning concept of all-suite luxury to the next level, the Silver Whisper is slightly larger than her sister ships yet retains their familiarity and intimacy. Aboard the Silver Whisper, savor a convivial cosmopolitan ambience and many special amenities usually found only on larger ships.

     The newest vessel in the Silversea fleet, the 382-passenger, 302-crew Silver Whisper offers distinctive luxuries and celebrated lifestyle Silversea guests adore. Also onboard: several dining rooms and lounges, a beauty salon, spa, fitness center, outdoor pool, boutiques, casino, card room, Internet Café, self-service launderette, cognac and cigar lounge, library, and a theater.

Silver Muse.

Meet the newest member of the Silversea fleet, Silver Muse, scheduled to be delivered in the spring of 2017. The new ultra-luxury ship accommodates 596 guests and carries 411 seasoned crewmembers. An ultra-luxury ocean vessel, she melds small-ship intimacy with spacious all-suite accommodations, hallmarks of the Silversea experience.

     Meals are served in eight dining rooms with varied cuisines. One is a Relais &?Châteaux restaurant.

     Other amenities? A spa, fitness center, pool and Jacuzzi, several bars, observation lounge, boutiques, beauty salon, library, and performance venue.

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Ephesus: Layer Cake of History.

The ancient Greek city of Ephesus, which still stands near present-day Selcuk, Turkey, represents millennia of history whose remains are stacked one atop another. The site illustrated the complex cultural development in this part of the world from the Bronze Age forward.

     During the early Bronze Age (15th to 14th centuries B.C.), the site we now call Ephesus was founded on the settlement of Apasa, a capital city of the Kingdom of Arzawa that was later conquered by the powerful Hittites. During the 10th century B.C., the Greeks established the city of Ephesus under the leadership of Androklos, who was able to join 12 cities of Ionia together to form the Ionian League, of which Ephesus was a member. It would become well known for its Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

     Around 700 B.C., the Cimmerians, an Indo-European people living just north of the Caucasus, attacked Ephesus and destroyed the temple, but they soon lost control of the city. Nearly a hundred years later, the Lydians arrived under King Croesus, and among other things, he rebuilt the Temple of Artemis. Croesus later invaded Persia, but to no avail, and Ephesus and the rest of Ionia was swallowed up by the Persian ruler Cyrus the Great in 547 B.C.

     In 479 B.C., the Ionians and the Athenians successfully ousted the Persians, who stayed away until the Peloponnesian War, when they returned to rule.

     When Alexander the Great defeated the Persians at the Battle of Granicus in 334 B.C., the Ephesians were liberated.

     The River Cayster, on which Ephesus originally stood, began to silt up, and the ensuing marches were a breeding ground for deadly malaria. The Ephesians were forced to resettle further away from the swamps, and their new city was called Arsinoea, its ruler Lysimachus, one of Alexander’s generals.

     In 281 B.C., Lysimachus was killed by the king of Syria and Mesopotamia, Seleucus I Nicator, in the Battle of Corupedium. At this point, the settlement took the name Ephesus and became part of the Seleucid Empire. Power struggles ensued between the Seleucids and the Romans, and eventually it was bequeathed to the Roman Republic.

     Emperor Augustus made Ephesus the capital city of Roman Asia Minor in 27 B.C., which sparked in Ephesus an age of prosperity and power. In fact, it became the empire’s second-largest city after Rome. Touring Ephesus today, we see the remains of this era in the city’s history—the rebuilt Temple of Artemis, the Library of Celsus and its 25,000-seat theater, bath complexes, aqueducts, and water mills.

     Ephesus was an important center of early Christianity beginning around A.D. 52. The Apostle Paul lived here, had a congregation, and sent missionaries into the surrounding areas. He argued against the local artisans’ production of statuary depicting pagan gods. Some believe that the Gospel of John was written in Ephesus circa A.D. 90. Ephesus was one of the seven cities named in Revelation, indicating that the church here was powerful. And it is believed that Mary might have spent the last years of her life here (the House of the Virgin Mary, nearby, is purported to be her final home).

     Ephesus’s early splendor came to a screeching halt in A.D. 273, when the Goths invaded. During the Byzantine Era (A.D. 395 -1308), Ephesus was once again rebuilt, first under Emperor Constantine I. It would rise to be the most powerful city in Byzantium after Constantinople (Istanbul) during the fifth and sixth centuries. Emperor Justinian built the Basilica of St. John here in the sixth century.

     Mother Nature had a say in the fate of Ephesus when she continued to silt up the natural harbor, eventually causing the city to lose its access to the Aegean Sea. Trade dried up, and the Ephesians headed for the hills (literally). Temples were dismantled to create building materials for new homes; marble sculptures were ground to powder to make plaster.

     When the Seljuk Turks conquered Ephesus in A.D. 1090, it had been reduced to a small, quiet village.

     The Byzantines took back the settlement several years later, and held it for more than two centuries, when it again changed hands, once again ending up as part of the Seljuk Dynasty. The 14th century was an era of growth for the town, which saw the addition of the Isa Bey Mosque, caravansaries, and hamams (Turkish baths).

     At the end of the 1300s, Ephesus became part of the Ottoman Empire, and it was completely abandoned by the 15th century.

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