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Crete Holidays

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Introducing

Crete Cruises

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Cool off and enjoy a splash and a slide at Limnoupolis, a rip-roaring aquatic adventure park.

Walk past the harbour to the old Venetian lighthouse, for some splendid sea views.

Explore the alleyways and squares of the old town, spotting the Venetian and Ottoman influences in the colourful buildings.

Lose your heart on a holiday to Crete, the largest of the Greek Islands. Landing in Souda, near Chania, on your idyllic Greek Island cruise, walk around the quaint alleyways and colourful buildings of Chania’s Venetian old town.

During your holiday in Crete, shop for souvenirs, stopping off in the tempting tavernas to try kalitsoùnia (sweet mini cheese pies), kserotigana (honey dipped spiral pastries) and local Cretan wine. For pampering, get steamy in the Turkish hammam, or relax on the picture-perfect beaches, snorkelling in water so clear you’ll never want to leave.

Crete has had Minoan, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and Venetian influences, so culture vultures will be in heaven. Be impressed by the exquisite vases, figurines and jewellery in the Archaeological Museum of Chania, or explore the Mosque of the Janissaries, Venetian lighthouse and Venetian arsenal.

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Crete information

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Greek
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When can we take you to Crete?

Our ships travel around the world so there are times when they won’t be present in this port. The calendar shows you when one or more ships are departing on a cruise itinerary to Crete. New itineraries will be added, so it’s worth checking back.

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The best of Crete - things to see and do

Walk through quaint alleyways dotted with tavernas and shops, discover ancient ruins and exquisite treasures, or gaze at fish in crystal clear waters. Crete oozes Greek Island magic, and you’ll be charmed.

Be a beach bum

  • 120 ratings

Hang out on Crete’s idyllic beaches, swimming, snorkeling and spotting fish in the crystal clear water. Loutraki, Maleme, Souda and Georgioupolis beaches are not far from Chania.

Tour the food market

  • 230 ratings

Taste divine local foods at the Chania Municipal Market. Aromatic herbs, virgin olive oil, Cretan bread, sheeps’ and goats’ cheese, roasted goat and honey – you’ll be in foodie heaven.

Explore Chania’s museums

  • 230 ratings

Chania has an abundance of museums. Take your pick from the Archaeological Museum, Byzantine Museum, Nautical Museum, Folklore Museum or Chemistry Museum.

Gorge on nature

  • 230 ratings

Hike the Samaria Gorge, Europe’s longest canyon. It’s a National Park, major tourist attraction and World Biosphere Reserve.


What ships can I choose for my Crete cruise?

    Our ships travel around the world so there are times when they won’t be present in this location. so it’s worth checking back.


    Make the most of your holiday to Crete with our amazing shore excursions

    With expert local guides, easy 24-hour cancellations, plus guaranteed first off ship and return-to-ship if your tour is delayed, our tailor-made shore excursions allow you to experience each incredible destination in a whole new way. Learn about everyday life as a Cretan shepherd, taste delicious Greek salads, meats, cheese and wine, or luxuriate on sun-drenched, family-friendly Agia Marina Costa Costa Beach. Explore the fascinating ancient city of Aptera or take a thrilling 4x4 jeep tour in the White Mountains. To discover the very best of a Crete cruise, see some of most popular shore excursions below.

    Real Crete

    Experience Crete’s distant past and captivating present on this fascinating excursion. Explore the ruins of the ancient city of Aptera then tour the charming villages of Georgioupolis and Gavalochori, with free time in Chania Town.

    Costa Costa beach and Chania town transfer

    Travel from port to Agia Marina Costa Costa Beach, for three hours of glorious sunshine on a family-friendly beach, where you can take a dip in the clear water and unwind under the warm rays.

    Jeep tour in the White Mountains

    Travel by 4x4 Jeep through the orange groves, avocado trees and vegetable gardens of the White Mountains. Learn about life as a Cretan shepherd and watch goats and sheep being milked. Taste authentic Cretan cuisine in a family-owned tavern then pass by stunning Theriso Gorge on the way back.

    Why book a shore excursion with us?

    Guaranteed first off ship

    Book a tour and you'll enjoy priority departure in port.

    Guaranteed Return To ship

    If our tours are delayed, the ship will wait for you!

    Safety First

    All our shore excursions are planned by insured partners, who adhere to the highest safety standards in the industry.

    Official blog - spotlight on your Crete cruise

    Stay up-to-date with the latest posts from the Official Royal Caribbean Blog dedicated to bringing you travel tips, news and information on over 260 destinations.

    Spotlight On: Crete

    Greece has many beautiful islands, the largest of which is Crete. Find out why you should visit, as we shine a spotlight on this Grecian gem.

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    Go beyond Crete

    Have you considered these popular ports outside of Crete?

    • 250 ratings

    Soak up the sun on stunning beaches and take a trip back in time in the medieval old town. With breathtaking scenery, fortresses, frescoes and forests, you’ll adore Rhodes.

    Explore Rhodes
    • 250 ratings

    Be blown away by the World Heritage Centre of the Acropolis at Athens, with its stunning ancient temples and monuments. Walk in Plato’s footsteps on this unmissable holiday highlight.

    Explore Athens
    • 250 ratings

    Gaze at jaw-dropping sunsets, explore enchanting alleyways or enjoy the atmosphere in lively Mykonos. With idyllic beaches, fabulous restaurants and vibrant nightlife, it’s a fun place.

    Explore Mykonos
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