The Best 50 Mediterranean Cruises

Hello Trieste

Trieste – Italy

Trieste is often overlooked on Mediterranean itineraries, despite its elegance and fascinating mix of Roman buildings, Austro-Hungarian Empire styles and art deco architecture among others. The city is one of the ports of call on Cunard Line’s Rome to Venice cruise on Queen Victoria. Leaving Civitavecchia the ship sails past Sicily through the Strait of Messina to Corfu and Montenegro’s Kotor before arriving at Trieste and finishing in Venice. http://cunard.co.uk

Discover Istanbul

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The Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia – Istanbul, Turkey

The highlight of Princess Cruises’ regular Greece & Turkey cruises on board Royal Princess between Civitavecchia and Athens is a day in Istanbul. The Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia – the former Byzantine church, then mosque and now a museum – the Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace are all must-sees. But for second visits try the Basilica Cistern – dating back to AD 532. http://princess.com

Cafés and Culture

Naples – Italy

Cunard’s Venice, Croatia & Barcelona cruise on Queen Victoria sails from Venice to Zadar in Croatia, which has Roman ruins and cosmopolitan bars, then on to Kotor and Corfu for an opportunity to mix beaches, culture and cafés before reaching the home of the pizza – Naples – and then Civitavecchia for a day in Rome. http://cunard.co.uk

Europe’s Finest

The Emerald Princess Cruise Ship

Save on airfares when you sail all the way from Southampton and back to the great cities of the Mediterranean. Princess Cruises’ Emerald Princess and Crown Princess offer regular two-week trips that give you three sea days to catch up on sleep before hitting Barcelona, Rome, Florence or Pisa and Milan. There’s also a day in Gibraltar. http://princess.com

Food and Wine

Chef Marco Pierre White

Celebrity chef Marco Pierre White will be on board P&O Cruises’ flagship Britannia for a food and wine-inspired round trip to the Western Mediterranean from Southampton. British cheese expert Charlie Turnbull will also be on board for beer and cheese tastings. Highlights include Rome and Florence in Italy, and Barcelona and Cartagena in Spain. http://planetcruise.co.uk

Monte Carlo

Riviera Rendezvous

Oceania Cruises heads for some of the Med’s coolest destinations in Riviera Rendezvous, a summer special on the luxury ship Riviera. From Monaco it heads to Antibesd. Next port Toulon, also on the French Riviera, has a cable car to Mont Faron. After diverting to Spain this cruise also visits the Italian Riviera and Adriatic coastline. http://oceaniacruises.com

Jerusalem Excursions

 

Santorini Island – Greece

An overnight stay in Haifa, Israel’s port for excursions to Jerusalem is the main feature of a new Athens round trip itinerary on Oceania Cruises’ Riviera. Several Greek islands are on the itinerary including Patmos, which has lovely beaches shaded by tamarisk trees. Santorini gets two visits and there’s a chance to see the treasures of Venice and Urbino when the ship calls at Ancona. http://oceaniacruises.com

Tangiers, Morocco

Port of Tangier – Morocco

Cunard Line’s Queen Elizabeth sails to Tangiers in Morocco in December in search of some winter sun in a return trip from Southampton. The beach resort is just 20 miles across the entrance to the Mediterranean from Gibraltar – also on the itinerary – and as well as a beach and the souk there is also the Kasbah Museum to visit in the former Sultan’s palace. This Spain and Morocco cruise also includes Valencia in Spain. http://cunard.co.uk

Malta And Gozo

Gozo Harbour – Malta

Gozo is a new cruise port for Oceania Cruises and the little island beside Malta is proving a hit with passengers. There are ancient and mysterious temples as well as fabulous snorkelling in the clear

waters around the rocky beaches. Gozo is one of 20 ports visited by new ship Sirena on its Memorable Coasts cruise. Others include an overnight in Malta, and two visits to Portfino on the Italian Riviera and the island of Minorca. http://oceaniacruises.com

Croatia Coast Cruise

MS Karisma Cruise Ship

Explore Croatia’s beautiful islands and cities during a week-long cruise on board brand new small ship MS Karisma. Sailing from the glorious town of Split on the dazzling Dalmatian Coast, mega yacht Karisma calls first at the island of Brac, with its many coves and beaches, before heading to Makarska. There are more fantastic places to eat in Korcula, while Dubrovnik offers outstanding historic landmarks. Other ports of call include Hvar and the stunning forested island of Mljet. http://anatoliansky.co.uk

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