From islands, ancient ruins and sparkling beaches to bustling cities, delicious cuisines, cultures and languages – discover all of this and more in the Mediterranean
Not sure what company to cruise with? If you are only interested in seeing the 'biggest hits' of the Mediterranean Sea that visit ports like Rome, Barcelona and Florence, consider cruising with Royal Caribbean, Celebrity or Princess. If you want more of an authentic European feel with lots of small hard-to-reach destinations, book MSC Cruises or Costa that have shorter sailings, but less time in port. Is luxury your style? Our Cruise Experts will help you find the perfect itinerary with Regent Seven Seas, Azamara, Oceania or similar.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.