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The Mediterranean is so enthralling, so absolutely seductive that, like the mythical siren's song, its spell is impossible to break. It is both a haven for nature's glory and a veritable treasure trove of history. Once you experience it, once you behold all its treasures, you will never bethe same. See it once and the memories forever embrace your soul. See it a thousand times and you still yearn for more.

Our Mediterranean is that beguiling. Each destination is a journey in and of itself.

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.

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

Cruise types

The Mediterranean has cruises from every major cruise line and quite a few of the specialty operators too.
While there are many cruise types and cruise lengths to choose from the major distinction is whether a cruise is an Eastern or Western Mediterranean cruise or an extended cruise

The Eastern Mediterranean is the area that covers Italy, Greece, Turkey and the Adriatic Enjoy the culture and history of Italy, especially Venice which is simply stunning and completely unique.See the whitewashed splendor of the Greek Isles and discover the antiquity of Classical Greece. Wonder at the sheer beauty of the Dalmatian coast and be amazed by Istanbul who's history dates from Byzantium to Constantinople to its place at the head of the Ottoman Empire.
There is just so much to see and do and such a range of cruise offerings that it pays to do the research before choosing a cruise.

The Western Mediterranean is the area from the west coast of Italy and covers France, Spain and North Africa including the Atlantic coast of Morocco and the Canary Islands. Enjoy the history and culture of Florence, the excitement of Monte Carlo, the architecture of Barcelona and the Arabic heritage of Morocco.

Extended Mediterranean cruises are more than just a combination of east or western Mediterranean cruises. The size of the Med and the range of major ports allows cruise lines to offer a huge range of 10 to 14 day (and longer) itineraries. Again research into what is available is vital for people looking for longer cruises here.

Many cruise lines position ships here for the northern summer so Mediterranean cruises combined with an Atlantic crossing are popular in Spring and Autumn. Additionally cruise lines also move ships up to the Baltic in mid summer so there are a range of repositioning cruises to and from Scandinavia to consider as well.

Cruise seasons

While cruises are available year round the main season is from March to October to take advantage of the longer days and warmer weather.

Main Ports

Cruises depart from most of the major ports but they key embark ports include Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Rome (Civitavecchia), Venice, Athens and Istanbul. Many cruises also start and finish in the UK with Southampton being the major port.

Weather

Weather during the cruise season is warm to hot and the days are long and generally sunny. Most rain in the region falls in the winter months.

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Mediterranean Cruises for 2015 or 2016 on offer. We have the best Mediterranean cruise deals & fly cruises for Australian's. You can view all the cruises that include the coasts & Islands of Italy, Spain, France, Croatia, Turkey & Greece.

Cruising in the Mederranean is usually thought of in two different geographical areas with Italy as the dividing line so choose between the Eastern and Western Med to start your cruise.

 

Western Mediterranean Cruises

The ports & islands along the West Coast of Italy, around Corsica & Sarndina, southern coast of France and the Eastern coast of Spain, are considered be a Western Mediterranean cruise with most cruises departing from and returning to Barcelona or Rome. Some Western Med cruises can include Sicily, Malta, The Beleric Islands and occasionally touch on North Africa Coast. If it is Cairns, St Tropez, Monte Carlo, yatchs, Roman History & Flamenco & SanGria that exceite you then a Western Med Cruise is for you.
 

Eastern Mediterranean Cruises

An Eastern Mediterranean cruises focus's on Italy, Croatia, Greece, Turkey and cities along the Adriatic, some touch on Crete Cyprus and Middle East (conditions permitting). These itineraries typically depart from or return to Rome, Venice and Athens, if you are looking to see the wonders of the Ancient world of the Roman,Greek & Egyptian legends or the lands of the Bible then a Eastern Med Cruise is for you.

Medtierranean Crusie lines?

CruiseAway offers deals on all Mediterranean cruise lines including fly cruises & crusie and stay/ tour deals. Popular Mediterranean crusie lines include:

Holland America Line,

Princess Cruises,

Royal Caribbean International,

Norwegian Cruise Lines,

Celebrity Cruises,

Orient Line,

Regent of the Seven Seas,

Oceania Cruises,

Seabourn Cruises,

Cunard Line,

P&O International Cruises,

Seaborn Crusie lines

Silversea Cruises,

MSC Crusies

Windstar and more.  

Best time to cruise the Mediterranean?

There are cruises year round in the Mediterranean but late Spring to late Auturm is the season, with the best weather being June, July, August, but dont over look May and September as an option with temps in the low to mid 20Cs many of the best cruise deals of the year are in April May and September October.