Cyprus cruises come in a couple different forms. Travelers can look to book cruises from Cyprus or they can opt to book cruises to Cyprus. The Cyprus cruise ports are relatively numerous, though the main port at Limassol is most often used for incoming and outgoing cruises that last more than one day. If you are only interested in one-day cruises from Cyprus, the smaller ports at some of the other city harbors can also be used.
The Cyprus cruises that only last one day are offered between the months of May and October. This is essentially the high season for Cyprus travel, with July and August being the busiest months. You can arrange a one-day sightseeing cruise from any number of Cyprus cruise ports, including the main port at Limassol. Other destinations where one-day Cyprus sightseeing cruises can be arranged include Paphos, Agia Napa, and Larnaca. Snacks and beverages are offered on these cruises, and lunch is also usually included in the rates. More often than not, lunch is enjoyed on board or at a seafront restaurant.
The longer Cyprus cruises can last anywhere from a couple of days to a few weeks, and many international cruise operators include a Cyprus stop on their itineraries. The Cyprus cruise ports at both Limassol and Larnaca service the more than 30 visiting ships on an annual basis, and the bulk of these ships are the largest and finest cruise vessels on the planet. When it comes down to it, the larger ships that are used for Cyprus cruises are akin to floating cities. In addition to comfortable accommodations, they tend to feature options such as swimming pools, restaurants, shops, and even casinos. If you're interested in a longer cruise experience and you want to visit Cyprus, you'll also get to visit a bunch of other Mediterranean and European destinations along the way, including stops at ports in France, Italy, and other countries.
Most of the cruises from Cyprus last two or three days, and they also use ships that are akin to floating cities. The Greek Islands are popular destinations if you're looking to book a short cruise that departs from Cyprus. Rhodes, Crete, and Santorini are just some of the islands that await those who book one of the three-day cruises from Cyprus to the Greek Islands. Other short Cyprus cruises visit Egypt or Israel. All of the cruises from Cyprus that last more than one day will likely depart from the Limassol harbor. It's important to note that passengers on multi-day cruises from Cyprus will have to return to Limassol with the ship.
Whether you opt for a long cruise that includes a visit to Cyprus or a short cruise that starts here, you can expect to have a good time. As long as your cruise holiday in Cyprus lasts more than one day, you will have chances to get off the ship to explore at exciting destinations. In Egypt, for example, you can make a break for the Pyramids of Giza once on land, and Israel is home to the Holy City of Jerusalem. Cyprus is full of great attractions itself, so it's understandable if you only opt for a one-day sightseeing cruise along the Cyprus coast.
As a side note, no Cyprus cruises arrive or depart from the ports in North Cyprus. Instead, travelers who are looking to get to North Cyprus by way of water will have to hop on a ferry in Turkey. The ferries from Turkey to North Cyprus are offered daily, and they take anywhere from two to five hours depending on whether you book a fast ferry or a slower conventional one.
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