Cruising the Mediterranean Sea offers ports packed with rich culture and diversity. Take a journey into Italy’s word famous cuisine, grab a pizza in Sicily, sip a cappuccino in Naples and taste the delicious desserts in picturesque France, while enjoying the glamor of the French Riviera. Experience the charming coastlines of the Greek Isles, conquer the Acropolis in Athens or just take it easy on the romantic island of Mykonos. Salsa dancing and sangria is your thing? Spain awaits you. Yes, it is all possible on a Mediterranean Cruise.
Mediterranean cruises are usually divided into two sub regions, Eastern and Western Mediterranean. Eastern Mediterranean cruises mainly depart from ports in Italy and explore the Adriatic Coast of Croatia, the islands of Greece, ports like Istanbul and Kusadasi in Turkey, as well as the Black Sea.
Western Mediterranean cruises usually depart from ports in Spain, France and Italy and discovers this region in more depth with a few exciting detours, like stops in Portugal (mainly Lisbon), Canary Islands, Morocco (Casablanca and Tangier), Tunis, Monte Carlo and Gibraltar. Some of the cruises depart from the UK. There are also itineraries combining the best of Eastern- and Western Mediterranean. There is a wide selection also when it comes to the length of the cruise, ranging from 3-night to 16-night cruise holidays.
Mediterranean cruises set sail during spring, summer and fall, starting from March all through October. The widest choice of itineraries can be found between May and September. There are also cruise lines which sail all year round in this region.
Popular cruise lines sailing in the Mediterranean are Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Seabourn, Azamara, Celebrity Cruises , Costa Cruises, Disney Cruises, MSC Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas and Viking Ocean Cruises.
The port of Civitavecchia is the gateway to Rome, the Eternal City, where all roads lead. The Colosseum is the masterpiece of Rome. But St. Peter’s, the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel are not far behind in their ability to leave you astonished. For photographers, there is no better place to be. In all the excitement, don’t forget to grab a bite of the authentic Roman Pizza!
Venice enchants you from your first glimpse as your ship glides through the Grand Canal. A world power in the middle ages, its affluence lives on in its beautiful old buildings like those surrounding Piazza San Marco. Be sure not to leave without a romantic ride along the canals in a gondola.
Barcelona is the cultural heartland of Spain. Stroll down the shady, tree-lined Ramblas between both street musicians and elegant bistros. A visit to the Catalunya Square, which marks the centre of the city as well as the junction between the old town and the modern city f Barcelona, can be a very lively experience. The Gothic cathedral, Picasso Museum and Gaudi Park are other sites to enjoy.
On a Monaco cruise, you’ll discover the glitz and glamour this exciting beach town is famous for. Because Monaco is so small, it is possible to walk around the city’s attractions. Admire the Monte Carlo skyline, dotted by skyscrapers and high-end resorts, as your Western Mediterranean cruise ship sails into port. Up close, attractions like La Rocher and the Jardin Exotique reveal Old Monaco’s opulence. Soak up the sun at Larvotto Beach, a pebbled paradise lined with bright red umbrellas. Wade through clear, turquoise waters for total rejuvenation, then hit the elegant boutiques or dine at fine restaurants in the city center.
There are more Mediterranean ports waiting to amuse you. Check out our Mediterranean cruises for more information on these interesting destinations soaked in history and culture.
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