Barcelona, Rome, Athens, Milan, and Venice: When you hop on board a cruise ship sailing around the Mediterranean Sea, you will visit some of the most beautiful cities in the world. From the paradise islands dotting the warm waters to the ancient ruins strewn across the old lands and the idyllic beaches to the buzzing cities, get ready to immerse yourself in the various cultures, cuisines, and languages of Europe. The Mediterranean has all this and more!
Thanks to our fantastic cruise packages on Mediterranean itineraries, you can explore this enchanting corner of the world in style – without breaking the bank. Browse our selection of Mediterranean cruise deals or use our handy search tool on the left to take the first step towards your Mediterranean getaway.
The best time to cruise the Mediterranean weather wise is from May to October, these are the summer months for European nations. Mainland Europe will see temperatures of around 25-30C on average. The best time to travel the Med price wise is April and November. During these months the prices tend to be a bit cheaper as cruise lines are moving ships to warmer climates creating some very nice re-positioning options and the temperatures are also still likely to be bearable around 20-25C on average.
There are many highlights to a Mediterranean cruise. The sea itself is over 965 thousand square miles that features lots of personality in lots of different countries, a whole range of multiple cuisines and obviously a lot of beautiful scenery. The Eastern Mediterranean includes the Holy lands, the Greek isles, and the countries bordering the Adriatic sea. The Western Mediterranean highlights has countries including Spain, Portugal, France and Italy plus many more. This also gives you multiple opportunities to do back to back sailings allowing you to see some of the most beautiful places in Europe and see literary a new and different port or country every day! There aren't many places on Earth where you can get this opportunity.
If you’re looking for sun-filled days lying on golden beaches, exploring charming cities, and discovering a handful of new cultures, then the Mediterranean should be on the top of your list. The cities in the Mediterranean have rich histories that have influenced their colourful cultures, stunning architecture, and diversity. Mediterranean cruises are jampacked with a wide array of amazing holiday destinations – each offering up its own special cuisine.
In the western Mediterranean, you can visit Malaga in Spain, Marseille in France, and Naples in Italy. In the east, you can explore more mysterious destinations like Limassol, a Cyprus port, or Haifa, a major Israeli city. Sailing along the northernmost branch of the Mediterranean will take you to the world-famous Italian city of Venice, just off the Adriatic Sea, and the gorgeous Croatian city of Dubrovnik. Rising in popularity are the Mediterranean cruise ports along the African coast, such as the Moroccan Casablanca, the Algerian Algiers, and the Tunisian Tunis. The Mediterranean is just teaming with new cultures and old traditions for you to explore!
The largest port in the Mediterranean is the Greek harbour city of Piraeus. About 20 million passengers visit this massive cruise hub annually, and rows of ships can be seen docked there year-round. However, Piraeus isn’t the only showstopping port in the Mediterranean. Cruisers stopping at the port of Messina in Sicily will have the opportunity to see the largest astronomical clock in the world. The ancient Grand Harbour of Valletta in Malta is just breathtakingly beautiful.