The romantic lagoons and canals of Venice, the cobblestones and baroque churches contained within the imposing stone walls of Dubrovnik, the dramatic mountains and medieval charms of Kotor, the beaches and Roman ruins of Split - these are just some of the gems of the Adriatic, and it's easy to see why Adriatic cruises are just so popular.
The northernmost arm of the Mediterranean, cruising the Adriatic Sea takes you from the Strait of Otranto (where it connects to the Ionian Sea, so Adriatic cruises may often include Athens and various Greek ports of call too) to the Po Valley and Venice. Embracing the coasts of Italy, Albania, Greece, Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina, and boasting over 1,000 islands - many of them along the Croatian coastline - you'll discover some truly enchanting cities and islands. With the earliest settlements on its shores dating back to the Etruscans, Illyrians and Greeks, there's a wealth of history to be unearthed on an Adriatic cruise, and ports such as Dubrovnik are renowned for their medieval fortified cities. The area has been influenced - particularly during the Middle Ages - by a diverse range of cultures and empires, from the Byzantine Empire, the Serbian Empire, and the Republic of Venice, to the Habsburg Monarchy and the Ottoman Empire, and it's famous for its beautiful and historic destinations.