My first introduction to the countries of the Eastern Mediterranean was aboard a cruise ship, the Celebrity Solstice. I love cruising for a lot of reasons, but principally because it is the most budget friendly way to visit several regions in a short period of time. We used the cruise to get a taste of certain countries, knowing full well that if we really loved a place, we would return on our own. The cruise was eleven days and started and ended in Rome. Here are the photo highlights of our exploration of the Eastern Mediterranean.