Mediterranean Cruise

Mediterranean and the Adriatic

The home of Western Civilisation from The Rock of Gibraltar to Eastern Turkey, the history and magnificence of cruising the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas will inspire any visitor.

The Mediterranean is enthralling and both a haven for nature’s glory and a veritable treasure trove of history. Each destination is a journey in and of itself. See it a thousand times and you still yearn for more.

A number of cruise lines offer a variety of cruises. Select from the Greek Islands, Ancient Turkey, the Holy Lands or cruise the Western section and include Spain, France and Italy. Cruising in the Mediterranean is usually thought of in two different geographical areas with Italy as the dividing line.

An extended Mediterranean cruise is simply a cruise holiday that combines ports from both the Western Mediterranean and the Eastern Mediterranean, typically beginning in Barcelona and ending in Greece or Turkey or of course in reverse.

There are many Mediterranean cruise options to consider including: small ship cruises, expedition cruises, tall ship Mediterranean sailing cruises, five star cruises of the Mediterranean on a range of Mediterranean luxury cruise lines, budget cruises, short cruises and more!

Europe’s greatest cities and finest resort areas are found along the sun-baked coastlines of Spain, France and Italy, and there is no denying the allure of the Greek Islands. Every port of call on a Mediterranean itinerary offers splendid art and architecture and fabulous food, the best wine and sophisticated atmosphere.

The islands and ports along the southern coast of Spain and France, plus Italy, are considered the Western Mediterranean and most cruises will depart from and return to Barcelona or Rome.

The Eastern Mediterranean cruises focus on Italy, Greece, Turkey and cities along the Adriatic. These itineraries typically depart from or return to Rome, Venice and Athens.

Italy is the focal point of every Mediterranean itinerary and no visit to Venice would be complete without a romantic gondola ride on the Grand Canal and a walk through St. Mark’s Square. Nearby you’ll find the town of Murano, famous for its handblown Venetian glass.

In Naples, drive the fabulous Amalfi Coast on your way to visit the ruins of Pompeii, and when in Florence, you’ll find the artistic wonders of the Renaissance. A city tour of Rome will cover many famous landmarks such as the Colosseum and the Trevi Fountain, plus most people are also interested in a visit to Vatican and the Sistine Chapel to view Michelangelo’s incredible fresco ceiling.

In France you’ll find Monte Carlo, one of the wealthiest towns in the world with its beautiful seaside landscapes and the Grand Casino is a must-see attraction. Barcelona’s Las Ramblas is one of the most famous walking areas in Europe, and be sure to pay a visit to the Picasso Museum.

Dubrovnik is the Adriatic jewel. The city’s old town is walled all around, with ramparts that drop to the sea and enclose a town of closely clustered buildings, mostly attired in white walls and brilliant red rooftops. Explore town highlights on your cruise, like Roland’s Column, the Bell Tower, or the Old Port. Outside of town, go for a swim in the limpid waters at Lapad or Banje beaches. Or head to the top of Mount Srd for a view of the city, the beaches, and away west to Italy.

Kusadasi, Turkey is the point of departure for tours to the ancient ruins of Ephesus, and every trip to Istanbul should include a visit to the Blue Mosque and extra time for shopping, and haggling, in one of the many bazaars.

In addition to Athens and Istanbul, cruise itineraries that concentrate on the Greek Islands will offer the colourful, charming white-washed villages on the islands of Santorini and Mykonos. Plus, there are plenty of quaint villages with medieval streets, fascinating ancient ruins and gorgeous beaches in Rhodes, Katakolon and Corfu.

The greatest seaside cities in Europe are in the Mediterranean. One-way itineraries can call in the most popular ports of call and may even overnight in port giving you more time to explore these magnificent and historical places. All of the larger cities with good airports nearby can be used as embarkation or disembarkation ports.

Since the Mediterranean offers favourable weather, it’s possible to find cruises there at any time of year; however, most departures in the Mediterranean will sail between May and October. It gets quite hot in the middle of summer, so some cruise lines reposition their ships to Northern Europe at that time and concentrate in the Mediterranean during May and early June, and then again in late August through October.

Mediterranean cruises can depart from and return to just about any port, with the largest cities being the most popular. There are both round-trip and one-way itineraries from Barcelona, Rome (Civitavecchia), Venice, Athens and Istanbul. Almost all major cruise lines offer cruises to Mediterranean ports including Holland America Line, Fred Olsen, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Caribbean Line, Regent Seven Seas, Oceania Cruises, P&O, Seabourn, Cunard Line, Silversea, Costa Cruises and Windstar.

Many cruise lines have no fly cruises from the UK in addition to Mediterranean fly cruise packages which include flights from UK regional cities and some have tour and accommodation elements.

Itineraries can range from 7-14 nights. You should also consider a Cruise Select tailor made pre-cruise and post-cruise hotel package so that you can enjoy the fabulous cities on either end of your cruise itinerary; otherwise you’ll just pass through. Cruise Select also offer land-tour extensions, often including rail travel, that take you into the interior of those countries.

Cruises in the Mediterranean and the Adriatic

  • Mediterranean, Costa Diadema

    Civitavecchia, Italy; Livorno for Florence / Pisa, Italy; Savona; Marseille; Barcelona; Palma de Mallorca; Civitavecchia, Italy

    10 Mar 16 for 7 nights

    Cruise only
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    £279 pp
    Costa Diadema
  • Mediterranean, MSC Preziosa

    Genoa; Civitavecchia, Italy; Palermo; Valetta (Malta); Barcelona; Marseille; Genoa

    27 Mar 16 for 7 nights

    Cruise only

    MSC Preziosa
  • Mediterranean, Costa Diadema

    Savona; Marseille; Barcelona; Palma de Mallorca; Civitavecchia, Italy; Livorno for Florence / Pisa, Italy; Savona

    26 Mar 16 for 7 nights

    Cruise only
    from
    £399 pp
    Costa Diadema
  • Europe, MV Aegean Odyssey

    Amman; Petra; Aqaba; At sea; Suez Canal; Limassol; Antalya; Rhodes; Kusadasi; Mykonos, Greece; Santorini; Athens / Piraeus

    19 Mar 16 for 18 nights

    £2850 pp
    MV Aegean Odyssey
  • Mediterranean, MSC Preziosa

    Marseille; Genoa; Civitavecchia, Italy; Palermo; Valetta (Malta); Barcelona; Marseille

    19 Mar 16 for 7 nights

    Cruise only

    MSC Preziosa
  • Mediterranean, Costa Diadema

    Savona; Marseille; Barcelona; Palma de Mallorca; Civitavecchia, Italy; Livorno for Florence / Pisa, Italy; Savona

    12 Mar 16 for 7 nights

    Cruise only
    from
    £279 pp
    Costa Diadema
  • Mediterranean, Costa Pacifica

    Marseille; Ajaccio; Cagliari; La Valletta (Malta); Civitavecchia, Italy; Savona; Marseille

    27 Mar 16 for 7 nights

    Cruise only
    from
    £349 pp
    Costa Pacifica

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