Experience the charm, history, and culture of the Mediterranean when you live it up on board Norwegian Viva - the next stunning ship in a brand-new class designed for you to live life to the fullest. Explore two filming locations for Game of Thrones where pivotal scenes were shot depicting the Meereen slave rebellion and the dungeon that held fire-breathing dragons in Split. Roam through the whitewashed villages clinging to the sides of sea cliffs that have made the volcanic island of Santorini one of the most widely photographed places in the world. Meanwhile, lavish palaces, Byzantine art, bustling bazaars, and authentic mouth-watering Turkish cuisine await your arrival in Istanbul. Then sample traditional Greek dishes amongst windmills, sparkling bays, superb beaches, and blue-domed churches along the windy coast of Mykonos.
Thursday, May 16 - VENICE (TRIESTE), ITALY
The scenic port city of Trieste is steeped in history and natural beauty. Nestled atop a limestone plateau on a thin strip of land between the Adriatic Coast and Slovenia, the region has been ruled by multiple empires through the ages. This cultural fluidity is reflected in the awe-inspiring architecture and fusion of delicious cuisine found throughout the city. From touring museums and historical sites to strolling along its waterfront or reclining on a white-sand beach, this isolated, picturesque region of Italy boasts a wide range of attractions and activities.
Friday, May 17 - VENICE (RAVENNA), ITALY
Along the northeast coast of Italy, you'll discover the historic town of Ravenna. Once a thriving seaport in ancient times (it now lies five miles inland), Ravenna was also the westernmost pillar of the Byzantine Empire. Just as everyone who visits, you too will marvel at the exquisite Byzantine mosaics. At first glance, the old streets, peaceful squares, and fine shops resemble any other Italian Byzantine domes of its churches, evoking its Eastern heritage. As a bonus, Ravenna is a great place to taste the famously delicious food of the Emilia-Romagna region.
Saturday, May 18 - SPLIT, CROATIA
This Mediterranean city on the eastern shores of the Adriatic has a long and eventful history dating back to the awesome Diocletian's Palace (circa 295 A.D.) in the center of the city. Split offers cruise guests a wealth of exciting places to visit, from the majestic cathedral and marble streets in the center of town to the harbor area with its cafe-lined promenades and views of coastal mountains.
Sunday, May 19 - DUBROVNIK, CROATIA
Despite the magnificent 13th-century walls that surround the city, Dubrovnik is one of the most welcoming cruise destinations in all of Europe. Dubbed "the pearl of the Adriatic" by the poet Lord Byron, this Croatian city exudes romantic charm and beautiful scenery with its shimmering marble streets, centuries-old buildings capped by bright orange roofs, and lovely beaches ensconced between awesome rocky ledges.
Monday, May 20 - CORFU, GREECE
One of the lushest of the Greek Isles, Corfu is rimmed in dramatic blue waters and topped with tranquil hillside villages. A collection of quaint cafes in the town of Corfu feels very continental, but the island's secluded coves and sandy beaches could only be found in the Greek Isles.
Tuesday, May 21 - SANTORINI, GREECE
Whitewashed villages clinging to the sides of the sea cliffs have made the volcanic island of Santorini one of the most widely photographed places in the world. The island's charm and subtle mystery have even made it a target of speculation as the location of the lost city of Atlantis.
Wednesday, May 22 - KUSADASI, TURKEY
Take a journey into the past in richly historic Ephesus. Once an ancient Greek city, Kusadasi was known for the famed Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Built, destroyed, and rebuilt again through several notable historical periods, Ephesus boats abounding ruins and archaeological excavation sites. View what remains of the Roman Library of Celsus, the Gate of Augustus, the Tomb of John the Apostle, and the Basilica of St. John, among several other ancient remnants.
Thursday, May 23 - ISTANBUL, TURKEY
There's a new aura of excitement in Istanbul these days, as this center of the Ottoman empire has become one of the world's focal points for art, fashion, haute cuisine, and nightlife. Of course, there's always an abundance of ancient monuments and grand mosques with stunning frescoes, like the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque. Head to any park, and you'll see why tulips have long been the symbol of this city.
Friday, May 24 - MYKONOS, GREECE
Mykonos is a classic Greek Island with whitewashed houses, blue-domed churches, and windmills. Add a reputation for beautiful beaches, and you'll understand why Mykonos is the most favored island in the Cyclades. Explore the island in a 4x4 or take a ferry to the tiny island of Delos.
Saturday, May 25 - ATHENS (PIRAEUS), GREECE
This is the cradle of civilization and the oldest city in Europe. Not only is this city home to the Acropolis and some of the most important architectural structures and archaeological finds in the Western world, but it is also a very modern city, an urban amalgam of extraordinary art, culture, cuisine, and shopping.