It’s easy to see why the Mediterranean is a world-renowned holiday destination, with its quaint fishing villages, stunning scenery, delicious cuisine and warm, welcoming climate. From rustic, rural farms to bustling cosmopolitan cities, there’s something for everyone – from the history buffs that crave ancient ruins and classic architecture, to the partygoers who seek clubs and cocktails. A Mediterranean cruise is the perfect way to see it all, as you sail luxuriously through this remarkable stretch of sea.
A Western Mediterranean cruise itinerary will see you set sail to the picturesque ports of Spain, France and Italy, and may also visit Portugal, Monaco, Tunisia or Morocco. The Eastern Mediterranean alternative will whisk passengers to the stunning Dalmatian coast, sailing the crystal-clear waters of the Adriatic. These itineraries also include the Black Sea, Greek Isles and Holy Land. Religion in the Eastern Mediterranean is hugely varied, so be sure to check out the ancient churches, breath-taking mosques and the eclectic synagogues.
The diversity of destinations and things to do and see is amazing for such a small geographical area. If you love history, great cities, or idyllic romantic islands, a Mediterranean cruise is the voyage for you.
With a history spanning over two and a half thousand years, Rome is epic. Don’t leave the ‘Eternal City’ without visiting the Vatican, Trevi Fountain and Colosseum. Before the sun sets, hire your own Vespa and whizz round the city streets – it’s the best possible way to explore this sprawling, cosmopolitan city. It’s home to centuries of globally influential art, architecture and culture, so sit back al fresco and drink it all in, as the sights around you evoke the power of the ancient Roman empire.
Head on over to Venice and get lost in the maze-like alleys and small squares that make up this marshy lagoon in the Adriatic. Explore the opulent rooms of the Doges’ Palace in St Mark’s Square – the stone seems to rise magnificently out of the water, then people-watch over a cappuccino at famous Café Florian. Or simply lose yourself among the picture-perfect backstreets, bridges and canals that snake through this stunning, unique, must-see city. Only on a Mediterranean cruise can you tick two such great cities off your to-do list, with such effortless ease.
Beach Person? Head over to Poetto Beach in Sardinia’s Cagalari to enjoy some of the most scenic beaches in the world. Whatever your style, your wants and your needs the Mediterranean is sure to indulge your desires. Bathe in warm Mediterranean sunlight with wonderful views across the Gulf of Cagliari. Most of the ancient capital’s protective walls are still intact, including the two 13th Century white limestone towers – St. Pancras Tower and Elephant Tower – making for a dramatic combination of untouched natural beauty and well-preserved architecture. Whatever your style, your wants and needs, the Mediterranean is sure to indulge your desires – and a cruise makes it all the more luxurious.