From islands, ancient ruins and sparkling beaches to bustling cities, delicious cuisines, cultures and languages - all can be discovered in the Mediterranean.
Mediterranean Europe is the world's top cruising destination and welcomes over 200 million tourists annually. One of the main appeals of the Mediterranean is the climate; the promise of summer sun and long lazy beach days. The beaches of the Mediterrean are understandably a top reason for the fleet of tourists- from the brimming beaches of the Greek isles including Lefkada and Elafonissi Crete, to Spiaggia Rosa in Sardinia and not to mention the Spectacular Spanish coastlines such as Cabo de Gata, Andalucia. There's more to the region than the beaches however, and away from the coast one can appreciate the spectacular ancient landscape.
The region has an unparalleled cultural legacy and offers diverse and divine culinary experiences. The exotic cultures, cuisines and history of the countries along the Mediterranean are rich and varied, with each city and town having something unique and special to offer. Discover the Vatican and the Colosseum in Italy, the Acropolis and the Parthenon, Knossos, Phaestos, Crete and many more within the Mediterranean region.
This ship offers so many amenities, 8 nights won't be long enough to explore it, but try anyway.
- Venice - Venice
- Mediterranean Sea
- June 2018 - July 2018
When not exploring new cities, sit back and relax while enjoying the included on board entertainment.
- Valletta - Valletta
- Mediterranean Sea
- July 2018 - August 2018
Though 7 nights isn't long enough, enjoy the MSC Poesia and its included meal and entertainment.
- Venice - Venice
- Mediterranean Sea
- May 2018 - October 2018
Civitavecchia is located in the province of Rome and is a gateway to the city. Rome is Italy's largest city, and is bursting with Italian history and culture. The Old Town, St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican City are on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980. In the 'Eternal City' there is so much to discover, such as many theater performances to enjoy and museums with fascinating exhibits. A highlight of Rome is the food available, with the huge number of bars, restaurants and cafes sure to satisfy.Highlights of Civitavecchia
- Visit the historic Colosseum, Pantheon and Roman Forum
- Enjoy typical Roman cuisine in an Italian cafe or restaurant
- See the many beautiful squares and fountains in the city
Marseille, France's main port city, is rich in history which can be traced back to the year 600 BC. The beautiful Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde is a focal point of Marseille and with its stunning hilltop location is the ideal place to look down over all of Marseille and beyond. The city is a blend of style and history, with shopping areas and modern architecture contrasted with historic sites in the old town and port. A trip by boat will bring you to the Château d'If, an impressive fortress on an island boasting turquoise waters, pristine beaches and spectacular limestone cliffs.Highlights of Marseille
- Explore the history of Marseille at the Old Port
- Take a trip to the stunning Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
- Hike through the beautiful Parc National des Calanques
Venice is a stunning city which has been on the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage since 1987. With its 175 canals and over 400 bridges, the city is full of character and is waiting to be explored along it's picturesque waterways in one of the many gondolas. St. Mark's Square is a real highlight of Venice, with St. Mark's Basilica being the heart of Venice, a beautiful blend of Venetian, Roman and Byzantine architecture which is sure to amaze all visitors. No matter where you wander in Venice you are sure to find stunning architecture, fine food and unforgettable experiences.Highlights of Venice
- Take a gondola ride down Venice's picturesque grand canal
- Explore St. Mark's Basilica, Doge's Palace and more amazing buildings
- Dine on superb Italian cuisine in an array of fine restaurants
Valletta has about 6,500 inhabitants and is the smallest capital in the EU. Since 1980, the city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Thanks to the ring of bastions surrounding the city, Valletta is one of the best secured cities in the world. The Grand Master's Palace is surely one of the most magnificent sights of Malta. The St. John's Co-Cathedral, Fort St. Elmo, the Auberges as well as numerous museums, many of which deal with Malta's history are among the most noteworthy buildings.Highlights of Valletta
- Visit the breathtaking 'Parliament Building'
- Explore the 'Barrakka Gardens and Saluting Battery' Park
- Be sure to dine in the 'Harbour Club'
Livorno is situated on the Western coast of Tuscany, and is a major Italian port. In spite of the large-scale destruction during the second World War II, the city still has many historic buildings, most of which can be explored with guided tours. The Fortezza Vechia is an example of these historic forts and climbing to the top of the Mástio di Matilde will provide you with a great view of the city and port. The Terrazza Mascagni is a wide promenade on the waterfront and is ideal for taking a stroll and enjoying the views as the sun goes down on the Ligurian Sea.Highlights of Livorno
- Explore the picturesque neighbourhood of Nuova Venezia by boat
- Visit beautiful beaches like Costiera di Calafuria
- Discover traditional Italian cuisine at the Mercato Centrale
Cadiz is situated on a peninsula in the south of Spain. Do not miss the cathedral from the 18th Century. From the towers you have a great view of the city. In addition, you should visit the old bath house, the Plaza de Mina, the Church of the Holy Cross, with foundations dating from the 13th Century and the Holy cave paintings visit. In many bars and cafes you can taste typical Spanish dishes and watch the hustle and bustle on the streets.Highlights of Cádiz
- Plaza de San Juan de Dios and the Old Town Hall
- Plaza de San Francisco and San Francisco Church
- Gran Teatro Falla
How much does a cruise in the Mediterranean cost?
On average a 7-10 night cruise in the Mediterranean will cost between $1,700 - $2,300. Prices do vary between season and there are plenty of deals to be had. If you want to stay in the Mediterranean a little longer then 20-night cruise costs around $3,000 on average. Prices are per person and based on two people sharing.
Where do you go on a Mediterranean cruise?
There is a range of beautiful ports throughout the Mediterranean including Spain, France and Italy in the Western region to the Israeli city of Haifa in the Eastern Med. You can sail to the world famous city of Venice in the Adriatic Sea along with the breathtakingly beautiful Dubrovnik, Croatia. Cruise ports along the African coast are also starting to open up every year. There are so many cultures and traditions to be found around the Mediterranean - more information on the areas are below.
Best Mediterranean cruise.
The Mediterranean is Europe’s answer to a sun-soaked holiday of golden beaches, exciting cities and a wide variety of cultures. The Mediterranean Sea derives from the Latin “in the midst of lands”, and stays very true to its name! With access to Europe, Africa and Asia, a cruise along the Mediterranean coastline offers an experience like no other. Explore Europe’s bustling cities, many of which are steeped in a rich history and are bursting with flavourful cultures and diversity. Mediterranean cruises along the coastline offer a vast array of wondrous holiday destinations with delectable cuisine. There are intriguing mixture of cultures, languages and religions. The Mediterranean coastline is ringed by a winding coastline of scenic peninsulas and majestic mountains, overlooking a glistening electric-blue sea.
Western Mediterranean Cruises- The Algarve
Boasting 300 days of sunshine a year, Portugal’s Algarve promises to delight with charming towns, white-washed villages, enticing cuisine and friendly locals who are lucky enough to call The Algarve their home. Discover the coastline’s many fishing towns or unwind at one of the many coastal beaches. Take a dip in The Algarve’s refreshingly cool waters and soak up the area’s warm ambience some of the area’s best-loved cafés, bars and restaurants.
Take a stroll along Cadiz’s narrow cobble-stoned streets and discover one of Andalucía’s unjustifiably best kept secrets in Spain’s southernmost province. Immerse yourself in all Spain has to offer – sample the area’s warm culture and delight in some tempting Tapas in one of the many bars and restaurants. Discover the coastal city’s ancient architecture and view its impressive yellow-domed cathedral which dominates the cityscape and overlooks the turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean. For a cultured mix of sunny beach resorts, traditional fishing villages, sprawling cobbled streets and rolling vineyards look no further than Majorca, Spain. This enchanting Balearic Island has always been favoured by tourists for its island ambience, sun-fuelled atmosphere and golden sand beaches.
Central Mediterranean Cruises and Adriatic Sea.
From the biggest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily, you can experience the deep cultural and arts heritage of the area. There are hundreds of ancient ruins and castles on the island. Spend the time exploring the cities and towns and you won’t be disappointed. You will also want to see the beautiful countryside in all its Sicilian glory. You can take a walk in the foothills of Mount Etna or visit some of the picturesque villages and enjoy the famous local cuisine of Cannoli. This sweet treat is something not to miss on your trip to Sicily. In the Adriatic Sea you have easy access to the coasts of Albania, Montenegro, Croatia and the Italian east coast. Experience some of the best of European culture and heritage.
Eastern Mediterranean Cruises
Mediterranean cruises in the east have a different flavour to the central and western areas. Visiting the Greek or Cypriote Islands will take you back over 2000 years so you can experience all the ancient history. Modern parts of these areas are vibrant in colour and culture. The friendly natives will bring a smile to your face with their welcoming smiles and warm nature. Now is the time to book your ultimate Mediterranean cruise experience.
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