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9 exclusive Mediterranean cruises that avoid the crowds

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9 exclusive Mediterranean cruises that avoid the crowds

(CNN) - Mediterranean cruises: great for blue seas and skies, lousy for avoiding the crowds that inevitably travel with you from destination to destination.

The answer: a cruise with a small group of friends on a private boat that's large enough to carry essential luxuries, but small enough to head to uncrowded offbeat destinations.

Among them, Sporades

An archipelago of 11 islands, four of which are uninhabited, the Sporades are what real Greece is all about. They're offbeat, hard to reach and untamed by nature. Despite the calm, it'll be hard to avoid partying like an animal in Skiathos, famous for its wild nightlife. Fertile Skopelos, filming location for the movie "Mamma Mia!," is lined with vineyards and dome churches.

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