Mediterranean Cruises 2018

From islands, ancient ruins and sparkling beaches to bustling cities, delicious cuisines, cultures and languages - all can be discovered in the Mediterranean.

Mediterranean Sea

Mediterranean Europe is the world's top cruising destination, welcoming over 200 million tourists annually. One of the main appeals of the Mediterranean is the mild climate - the promise of summer sun and long lazy beach days. The beaches of the Mediterranean are understandably the top reason for the flood of tourists - from the brimming beaches of the Greek Isles including Lefkada and Elafonissi (Crete), the Spiaggia Rosa in Sardinia to the spectacular spanish coastlines such as the Cabo de Gata in Andalucia. There's much more to the region than its beaches however, there are plenty of places to explore the fascinating ancient history of the region, the deliciously rich cuisine and the beautiful cultures.

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 coast are rich and varied, with each city and town having something unique and special to offer. Discover places like the Vatican City and the Colosseum in Italy, the Acropolis and the Parthenon in Greece and many others that fill the Mediterranean region.

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Expert Tips for cruising the Mediterranean
Our Recommendations
  Cruises to Barcelona
European Adventure from Rome to Barcelona
European Adventure from Rome to Barcelona
10 Nights with the Crown Princess
 September 2018 - October 2018
p.p.from AU$ 1800
Ancient Trails from Athens to Barcelona
Ancient Trails from Athens to Barcelona
7 Nights with the Crown Princess
p.p.from AU$ 1330
Italy, Croatia and Spain Unearthed
Italy, Croatia and Spain Unearthed
12 Nights with the Queen Victoria
p.p.from AU$ 2099
Grand Mediterranean Barcelona Return
Grand Mediterranean Barcelona Return
12 Nights with the Norwegian Epic
p.p.from AU$ 1889
Mediterranean Romance Venice to Barcelona
Mediterranean Romance Venice to Barcelona
12 Nights with the ms Oosterdam
 August 2018 - October 2018
p.p.from AU$ 2499
Picturesque cruise from Venice with Azamara Club Cruises
Picturesque cruise from Venice with Azamara Club Cruises
3 Nights with the Azamara Pursuit
p.p.from AU$ 1885
4 day cruise with the Azamara Quest to Barcelona
4 day cruise with the Azamara Quest to Barcelona
3 Nights with the Azamara Quest
p.p.from AU$ 1815
8 day journey to Civitavecchia from Monte Carlo
8 day journey to Civitavecchia from Monte Carlo
7 Nights with the Azamara Pursuit
p.p.from AU$ 2915
Memorable cruise from Nice with Azamara Club Cruises
Memorable cruise from Nice with Azamara Club Cruises
5 Nights with the Azamara Pursuit
p.p.from AU$ 2745
Cruising from Barcelona via Valencia
Cruising from Barcelona via Valencia
8 Nights with the Azamara Journey
p.p.from AU$ 2575
  Fly Cruises
Classical Mediterranean Wonders
Classical Mediterranean Wonders
11 Nights with the Queen Victoria
p.p.from AU$ 3099
Splendours of the Western Mediterranean
Splendours of the Western Mediterranean
9 Nights with the MSC Meraviglia
p.p.from AU$ 2599
Around the Boot
Around the Boot
15 Nights with the MSC Sinfonia
p.p.from AU$ 3949
Wonderous Western Mediterranean
Wonderous Western Mediterranean
19 Nights with the Sky Princess
p.p.from AU$ 5899
Enriching Mediterranean and Adriatic
Enriching Mediterranean and Adriatic
13 Nights with the Sky Princess
p.p.from AU$ 4699
Our Recommendations
Sailing from Venice via Dubrovnik
Royal Caribbean's 8 night visit to Greece from/to Venice.
Our advice:
This ship offers so many amenities, 8 nights won't be long enough to explore it, but try anyway.

  • Venice - Venice
  • Mediterranean Sea
  • 19.07.2019

from AU$ 2267
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Greece, Croatia and Italy from Malta
14 nights to sample some of the best of the Mediterranean, from and to Malta.
Our advice:
When not exploring new cities, sit back and relax while enjoying the included on board entertainment.

  • Valletta - Valletta
  • Mediterranean Sea
  • May 2019 - September 2019

from AU$ 2429
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8 day cruise with the MSC Sinfonia to Venice
This 7 night cruise takes in some of the best of the Mediterranean in a small time period. 
Our advice:
Prepare to be enchanted with the array of colourful charm made up of fishing boats, windmills and stunning architecture in Mykonos, Greece!

  • Venice - Venice
  • Mediterranean Sea
  • September 2018 - October 2019

from AU$ 899
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Ports in the MediterraneanTop Ports in the Mediterranean
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italyfrom
AU$ 159

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, Francefrom
AU$ 49

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
Athens (Piraeus), Greecefrom
AU$ 749

Piraeus is the historic port of Athens. Athens, which is Greece's capital city, is the historical capital of Europe and is bursting with culture and history. Highlights of Athens are the Acropolis and the vast numbers of temple situated around the city which are superb examples of Ancient Greek architecture. In addition, there is a wide variety of museums, like the National Archaeological Museum which is the perfect place to discover the full extent of the historical importance of Athens. The blend of history, charm and beauty of Athens is sure to make it an unforgettable visit.

Highlights of Athens
  • Enjoy a stunning view of Athens from the top of Mount Lycabettus
  • Experience charming restaurants, fantastic shops and superb views in the Plaka District
  • Explore the beautiful temples around the city and the history within them
Venice, Italyfrom
AU$ 389

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
Livorno (Florence), Italyfrom
AU$ 698

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
Valletta, Maltafrom
AU$ 354

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'
Mediterranean Sea

Why Mediterranean?

The Mediterranean is Europe’s answer to a sun-soaked holiday of golden beaches, exciting cities and a wide variety of cultures. The ‘Mediterranean’ derives from the Latin “in the midst of lands”, and is 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 rich history and are bursting with flavourful cultures, ancient history, beautiful architecture and diversity. Cruises in this region offer a vast array of wondrous holiday destinations with delectable cuisines. The mixture of cultures, languages and religions is intriguing and alluring. The Mediterranean coastline is ringed by a winding coastline of scenic peninsulas and majestic mountains, overlooking a glistening electric-blue sea.

Mediterranean cruise ports

There is a great range of beautiful ports throughout the Mediterranean including Malaga in Spain, Marseille in France or Naples in Italy – these are located in the Western region. You can also explore places like the Israeli city of Haifa or the Cyprus port of Limassol in the Eastern Med. Sail to the world famous city of Venice in the Adriatic Sea (the northernmost arm of the Mediterranean) along with the breathtakingly beautiful Dubrovnik, Croatia. Cruise ports along the African coast are also gaining popularity: Algiers in Algeria, Tunis in Tunisia or Casablanca in Morocco. There are so many cultures and traditions around the Mediterranean region just waiting to be explored and enjoyed.

Western Mediterranean cruises

Gibraltar is one of the most prominent ports in the Western Mediterranean. This ‘piece of Portsmouth’ has been British for nearly as long as it has existed, so its Palladian architecture, afternoon tea cafes and fish and chip shops are all part of the culture. The eccentric and exceedingly international city of Tangier is also featured on many of the Western Mediterranean cruise itineraries. However, this part of the Mediterranean is mainly attractive for those wanting to cruise to Spain. 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. 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. Explore its impressive yellow-domed cathedral which dominates the cityscape and overlooks the turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Discover the other coastal cities’ ancient architecture – cruise to Malaga, Cartagena, Valencia and, of course, Barcelona. For a cultured mix of sunny beach resorts, traditional fishing villages, sprawling cobbled streets and rolling vineyards look no further than the island of Mallorca. This enchanting Balearic Island has always been favoured by tourists for its ambience, sun-fuelled atmosphere and golden sand beaches.

Central Mediterranean and Adriatic Sea cruises

Sicily is the biggest island in the Mediterranean Sea and is also one of the most popular cruise destinations in the world. The island features a number of busy port towns but the port of Messina is by far the largest. It is here or in Palermo, Trapani or Syracuse that you can start exploring this pearl of the Central Mediterranean. Walk in the foothills of Mount Etna, visit Golfo di Castellammare, wander along the picturesque streets of Sicily’s towns and villages, visit the many ancient ruins and castles and, definitely enjoy the famous local pasta alla Norma and a Cannoli. Central Mediterranean is also a gateway to the Adriatic Sea. The intense colours, dazzling views and beautiful architecture of the Adriatic coast are world famous. There is a spread of countries you can visit, from the eastern-flavoured Montenegro to the mountainous San Marino. Croatia with its island-speckled coastline is one of the star attractions of the Adriatic, followed closely by the beautiful lagoons and marble palaces of Venice. Whichever route you go for, you are sure to experience some of the best of European culture and heritage here.

Eastern Mediterranean Cruises

Cruises in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea have a different flavour to those in the central and western areas. Visiting Greece and the Greek isles will take you back over 2000 years. The country is full of places where you will feel like you are in another world, like the Acropolis or the monasteries of Meteora. Enjoy also the modern side of Greece and its festivals, white-sand beaches and world-class kitesurfing. Cruises around the east of the Mediterranean will include some of Turkey’s most stunning ports, like Bodrum, Marmaris and Kusadasi. Experience the lyrical landscapes and magical scenery of the eastern Turkish coast and then cruise on to the sun-soaked beaches and ancient riches of Cyprus. The friendly locals will welcome you with open arms, making the whole Mediterranean cruise experience even better.

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.

For all the best deals, browse through our individual destination pages – some of them are highlighted above. If you would like to get detailed advice and help finding a cruise that is suited entirely to your needs give our Cruise Experts a call on 1300 887 590. Making last minute travel plans? Search through our last minute cruise offers and find the best option for you. If you're on a tight budget, check out all the cruises under $999. All cruises are available on our homepage and through our Cruise Experts. Call now on 1300 877 590.