You'll walk Dubrovnik’s Old Town, snap the infamous landmarks of Rome and explore the hidden gems of Barcelona. The cuisine ranges from the much-loved pesto in Genoa to the traditional dish of Apochti in Santorini. With a variety of adult only ships and family-friendly vessels, you’ll be able to find the perfect Mediterranean cruise to suit your needs so you can live it up on the sea. With so many iconic landmarks to visit, diverse cultures to experience and profound history to indulge in, you’ll never have a dull moment!
The Mediterranean Sea
Venice, Italy - Mediterranean Sea
Rome, Italy - Mediterranean Sea
Malaga, Spain - Mediterranean Sea
Santorini, Greece - Mediterranean Sea
Valletta, Malta - Mediterranean Sea
Athens, Greece - Mediterranean Sea
Genoa, Italy - Mediterranean Sea
Monte Carlo, Monaco - Mediterranean Sea
Dubrovnik, Croatia - Mediterranean Sea
Barcelona, Spain - Mediterranean Sea
The city that’s built on a lagoon, Venice is like no other port and is often referred to as a real life fairy-tale. You’re bound to fall in love with this enchanted city as you take a gondola ride down the Grand Canal where you’ll see historic palaces, churches and gardens. A trip to St. Mark’s Basilica is one of the most valuable treasures in Europe, where history and art is intertwined to create something truly beautiful in the heart of Venice…
Golden beaches give way to modern high rises along the coastline of Malaga, Spain’s port city on the Costa del Sol. You can see the centuries of history here with a Roman amphitheatre, Moorish citadels, and Renaissance cathedral. Today there’s a buzz to the city with its hip tapas bars and art galleries. And of course, don’t forget the beaches – whether you try kite surfing at San Julian or surfing at Misericordia!
Located in southern Croatia, Dubrovnik is known for its Old Town which is encircled by stone walls built in the 16th century. A ride on the cable car will give you a beautiful panoramic view of the city and is a great spot for bird watchers. You can get yourself involved in an Old Town Walking Tour where you can discover the history and culture of this reputable town. For Game of Thrones fans, you can discover the set with a short trip to the island of Lokrum…
The capital of Italy is home to some of the world’s most iconic landmarks including The Colosseum, Teatro Marcello and II Vittoriano, all of which can be visited. Fashion guru’s will fit right in with the locals as the city is known for starting the newest trends and hosting the renowned Rome Fashion Week. Surrounded by Rome, Vatican City boasts architectural masterpieces and ancient Roman sculptures, not to mention that its home to the Pope.
Santorini is part of the Cyclades islands that form a group of Greek islands. The island was once devastated in the 16th century BC when a volcanic eruption overwhelmed the island and removed any kind of human activity until centuries later. Santorini offers guests fine cuisine which is based on agricultural products that are nourished by volcanic soil, sea breeze and sunlight. This combination produces flavours that are truly unique to the small island.
The fortress city Valletta was established in the 16th century and is known as the capital of Malta. St John’s Cathedral is a sight not to be missed, especially as art lovers will find world famous pieces by Caravaggio held inside along with hand carved vaults. Walking in to the town you’ll discover side streets that are filled with local businesses which are perfect for picking up gifts that are iconic to this city.
The capital of Greece, Athens, was the centre of attention during Ancient Greece. The city is known for its impeccable architecture, with the Acropolis from fifth-century BC still standing today and playing a vital part in the city’s culture. If you’re looking for a productive trip to Athens, GazARTE will offer you the choice of drinking in the bar, reading Greek literature in the library and watching local independent film makers movies in the cinema.
Latin for gateway, Genoa is Italy’s largest sea port and indeed acts as a gateway to the sea for many cruisers. As the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, tourists can visit a reconstruction of the home which he grew up in. The city is known for its magnificent cuisine, having invented pesto and focaccia which are two of Italy’s most popular exports. Genoa’s old city will take you back through time, where you can also find the ports spectacular cathedral.
Monte Carlo takes luxury to a whole new level. The city is home to arguably the most famous casino in the world, Casino de Monte-Carlo, where gambling is taken to new heights. For an exhilarating experience, you can head to Circuit de Monaco where the Monaca Grand Prix has taken place since 1929. When night falls you’ll be able to enjoy a drink in Sass Café and if you’re lucky, you might spot a few of the biggest global stars in there.
Barcelona is a busy capital city that is full of hidden gems including Bar Mutis, an exclusive and reputable place to drink, and The Labyrinth, a stunning maze where you’ll get lost in the city’s beauty. Football lovers can take a trip to Camp Nou where some of the world’s greatest footballers have played. MNAC is home to the most famous Catalan art of the past thousand years, perfect for those who want to explore the journey of art over time.
History fanatics can head to the Acropolis in Athens where you can view the remains of historic Greek buildings from fifth-century BC. If you’re looking to be amazed on your cruise, stopping off in Venice will not disappoint as you try to figure out exactly how the magical city is built on a lagoon. Monte Carlo provides the ultimate experience for those seeking a thrill, with the world famous Casino de Monte-Carlo and Circuit de Monaco both present. The Vatican City surrounded by Rome is where you’ll find magnificent architectural masterpieces, ancient Roman sculptures and of course, the Pope. With so many iconic sights to visit, its important you choose the itinerary that crosses the most landmarks off your bucket list.
MSC offer cruises year-round in the Mediterranean, making it a popular cruise line of choice to passengers who wish to sail down the sea. Britain’s very own P&O offer a variety of Mediterranean cruises, most of which sail from Southampton, making it easier for British residents to access transport to the departure port. If you want to cruise from a port outside of the UK, NCL and Marella offer an excellent choice of cruises which start from various international ports. This will mean that you require an overseas transfer to access the port, but speak to one of our specialist cruise consultants and they’ll be able to handle this for you…
When cruising the Mediterranean, the weather is at its best between May to October, making these the optimal months to cruise down the Med. This is perfect for families who can cruise during the summer holidays and benefit from the great weather. For those wanting a quieter cruise, May, June, September and October will suit you better. While the weather is optimal between May and October, don’t let that put you off cruising outside of these months as you’ll most likely be able to pick up a great bargain.
"One of the most popular places to visit on a Mediterranean cruise is Rome. There’s history around every corner with sights that have you stood in awe of the sheer architecture on show."
"Santorini is a tender port and the ships dock in the caldera with views to Santorini on one side and the volcano on the other. The third small island is Therasia."
"It’s no wonder that George Bernard Shaw was enchanted by this beautiful city, saying “those who seek paradise on Earth should come to Dubrovnik”, as well as describing it as “the pearl of the Adriatic”
"Glamorous Santorini will treat you to a touch of luxury, with its towering hillsides and blue-domed skyline. There’s plenty of rugged beauty here too, with natural hot springs and prehistoric ruins."
Blockhead, Longfield, 19th Nov 2018
Third cruise with Oceania and we were not disappointed. Getting on the ship was the easiest and most efficient we have experienced , disembarkation was the same.
Hawkes, Canvey Island, 2nd Dec 2018
Loved the Azura, it was our 2nd cruise, (the first on the MSC DIvina) The food was excellent, plenty of choice and good size portions in the restaurants.