Mediterranean

The Mediterranean is the Cradle of Civilisation with summer sun, glamourous resorts, historic cities and idyllic islands. The world’s largest inland sea, enclosed by three continents, it is Europe’s most popular cruising destination. If you want a 7 night holiday then a fly-cruise is for you. Cruises from the UK involve a couple of days at sea before they enter the Med so will take 10 days or more. Fly-cruises are port intensive and will sail at night and be in port during the day – 6 ports in a week is quite normal. You will probably need to choose whether you want to cruise the Eastern or Western Mediterranean.

Western Mediterranean
The Western Mediterranean has the beaches of the Rivieras, popular island resorts and cosmopolitan cities and is cruised from Barcelona, Palma, Genoa or Rome (Civitavecchia). Ports on the Spanish coast include Valencia, Malaga (for Granada), Gibraltar and through the Straits to Cadiz (for Seville). Majorca and the Balearics are popular ports of call and both Corsica and Sardinia have lots to offer. The French Riviera can be explored from Nice or Monte Carlo and the Italian west coast offers Livorno (for Florence), Civitavecchia (for Rome) and Naples. Further south volcanic Sicily, Malta and Tunis on the North African coast are interesting ports of call.

Southern Mediterranean
The Southern Mediterranean is popular for winter cruises. These may visit Cyprus, Alexandria in Egypt and Tripoli and other ports on the North African coast. The Israeli ports of Ashdod (for Jerusalem) and Haifa are no longer visited due to security problems.

Eastern Mediterranean
The Eastern Mediterranean offers the Aegean Sea full of islands to explore surrounded by ancient sites and cities. Cruise from Venice or Athens and exotic Istanbul and visit ancient sites like Ephesus in Turkey, Olympia in Greece or Knossos on Crete. The Croatian coast , Dubrovnik and Corfu are now regular ports of call in the Adriatic Sea while the most popular Greek islands for cruises are Mykonos, Rhodes and Santorini.

When To Visit?
The main season is from May to October when the weather is generally dry and temperature ranges from warm to hot.

 

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: Oceana

Greece & Albania

11 Jul 2019

Cruise Line : P&O Cruises

itinerary : Malta Malta Malta At Sea At Sea At Sea Piraeus Piraeus Piraeus Heraklion Heraklion Heraklion Rhodes Rhodes Rhodes Souda Bay Souda Bay Souda Bay At Sea At Sea At Sea Malta Malta Malta

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£849pp

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: Britannia

Spain & Italy

07 Sep 2019

Cruise Line : P&O Cruises

itinerary : Southampton Southampton At Sea At Sea At Sea At Sea Seville (From Cadiz) Seville (From Cadiz) At Sea At Sea Barcelona Barcelona At Sea At Sea Livorno Livorno Rome (Civitavecchia) Rome (Civitavecchia) At Sea At Sea Cartagena Cartagena Gibraltar Gibraltar At Sea At Sea At Sea At Sea Southampton Southampton

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£1,429pp

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Ship
: MSC Preziosa

Western Med, Milan & Lake Como Highlights

25 Sep 2019

Cruise Line : MSC Cruises

itinerary : Southampton, United Kingdom AT Sea Vigo Spain Lisbon Portugal AT Sea Barcelona Spain Marseille France Genoa, Italy

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£1,299pp

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