Mediterranean cruises are the best way to take the highlights of Europe in comfort, convenience and style. A cultural hub when it comes to historic metropolises, ancient empires, cuisine and culture, a cruise around the Mediterranean ticks off all the top spots for culture vultures or simply offers summer sun for family holidays at sea at great value.
Mediterranean Cruise Deals
05 October 2022
Central Mediterranean from Malta with 7nt Stay£919pp
01 July 2022
Mediterranean Adventurer from Southampton with Andrea McLean£958pp
21 July 2023
Western Mediterranean from Southampton£1,066pp
28 May 2023
Western Mediterranean from Southampton£823pp
09 November 2022
Iconic Discovery from Athens with 2nt Stay£689pp
22 July 2022
Mediterranean Beaches & Cities from Southampton£1,010pp
25 September 2022
Greek Isles from Ravenna£848pp
09 November 2022
Ti Amo Italia from Rome£6,046pp
02 October 2022
Beauty in the Mediterranean from Rome£11,685pp
Western Mediterranean Cruises
Take in the incredible cultural landmarks of Rome, Monaco and Barcelona on a cruise through the Western Mediterranean along with stop offs at a variety of picturesque islands including a visit to Gibraltar’s monkeys, Ibiza and Majorca’s beaches and the rustic coastlines of Sardinia, Corsica and Sicily. On many cruises there’s also the chance to explore a traditional souk in Morocco or take a camel ride. If taking a no fly cruise from the UK, you’ll also get to take in ports of call at La Coruna, Bilbao, Porto and Lisbon as well, while on a fly cruise we recommend booking a cruise and stay package to further delve into the city you begin and end your sailing from.
Eastern Mediterranean Cruises
Usually starting in either Athens or Istanbul after a quick flight from the UK, the Eastern Mediterranean boasts exciting destinations from the historic city of Jerusalem and the pyramids of Egypt to beautiful Cyprus, the Greek islands, Crete and the Adriatic. As well as the option to extend your stay in a hotel before flying home to further explore these amazing sights, many cruises can also go beyond to the Red or Black seas.
Mediterranean Cruises Weather
Boasting high temperatures and hours of sunshine, the summer months are some of the most popular to visit the Mediterranean for those looking for warm weather. However, late spring and early autumn are also great times to travel, with temperatures staying quite high and fewer crowds meaning that destinations will be less busy. Alternatively, more southern destinations, such as Malta, Corsica and the Canary Islands are also great to visit in the cooler months since the temperatures in these parts stay warm.
Types of Mediterranean Cruises
Most fly cruises are from Barcelona for the Western Mediterranean and Athens or Istanbul for the Eastern Mediterranean. In every case, we highly recommend extending your stay in your port city either before or after your sailing as part of a cruise and stay package to really do your stops in these amazing cities justice.
No Fly Cruises
Southampton is the main cruise hub in the UK for Mediterranean sailings, with five to fourteen day cruises visiting destinations including Portugal, Spain and France. This is a stress-free way to embark on a Mediterranean cruise for those who may be wary of flying, or families heading off on holiday with young children in tow.
Mediterranean Cruises Special Events
If you're lucky enough to head off on a Mediterranean cruise at the same time that one of these special events is held, you'll get the opportunity to see a different side to the sunny countries in this part of the world:
Las Fallas de San José - held in March in Valencia, marvel at the celebrations, fireworks and hundreds of effigies going up in flames at this annual city-wide party.
Cannes Film Festival - this world famous film festival shows off the best of the best every year in May in France.
Festa de Santo Antonio - taking place in June in Lisbon, this festival celebrates St Anthony with parties, parades and tasty food on the streets.
Dubrovnik Summer Festival - see the streets of Dubrovnik in Croatia come to life in September with music, actors and artists showing off their skills across the city.
Mediterranean Cruises Highlights
No matter where you travel on your Mediterranean cruise, you'll be able to experience vibrant cities, interesting landmarks and pristine beaches:
Cities - with such a variety of different cities found across the Mediterranean, you'll never be bored during your cruise. From experiencing the party lifestyle in Malaga and Ibiza to admiring Gaudi's architecture in Barcelona or living the high life in Cannes and Monte Carlo, your time in each port of call can be as fast-paced or as relaxed as you like.
Outdoor adventures - one of the best ways to see what the Mediterranean has to offer is by getting out on the water. From jet skiing to snorkelling or simply taking a dip in the inviting sea, the warm waters make this the perfect activity for guests of all ages. Alternatively, if you want to stay on dry land, there are other ways to explore, such as a walk through the Caves of Nerja or a cable car ride up to the top of the Rock in Gibraltar.
Cuisine - with so many diverse countries bordering the Mediterranean, you'll also find a huge variety of cuisine to try during your cruise. Taste tapas in Spain, authentic pizza in Italy and freshly caught seafood dishes in France, to name just a few.
Cruise lines that visit Mediterranean
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