Why Cruise the Med?
For the first timer or the seasoned cruiser, the Mediterranean provides a great cruising experience. Sail directly from the UK or fly into one of the many European ports on one of our Fly & Cruise packages, you are just a short hop from the glorious shores of the Mediterranean. The ease in which the Med is accessible is the reason why it is one of our most popular cruising regions.
Ports of Call on a Mediterranean Cruise
Embarking your holiday in Southampton is as easy as catching the train, hopping onto a short internal flight, using a home to port transfer service or driving yourself directly to the port, whether it be the night before or on the day of your cruise departure, we can arrange parking or transfers, along with an overnight stay before your cruise if you wish. Why not start your holiday early?
There’s a cruise that visits every destination you’ve ever dreamed of including Barcelona, Rome or Venice, it couldn’t be easier. During your holiday you can visit some popular locations such as Florence/Pisa, Dubrovnik and Athens to name but a few, and you can also find some hidden gems such as Kotor (Montenegro), Valletta Malta, Cartagena Spain and Cephalonia Greece along the way.
Some of our recommended Cruise lines and the ships that operate from Southampton and Cruise into the Mediterranean are P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Cunard
Things to do in the Mediterranean
The Mediterranean offers the ultimate mix of rich heritage, vibrant culture and relaxing beaches on top of your fantastic on board facilities available at your finger-tips. So whether you want to spend time with the family exploring Pompeii, the Colosseum, Ephesus & Olympia or indulge in your romantic side with your loved one by soaking up the waterways & canals of Venice… there is something for everyone to enjoy!
Best time to visit the Mediterranean
You’ll enjoy hottest and sunniest weather during the summer months in the Mediterranean. More moderate temperatures are prominent between April and October, which is the favoured time to vacation for seasoned Mediterranean holidaymakers.
The summer months (between May and October) boast particularly sizzling temperatures thanks to the glorious Mediterranean sunshine, making it a particular favourite time of year for sun-worshipers, but with temperatures averaging between 30-40 degrees at peak months it is worth taking strong sun cream and plenty of water especially if you off exploring the historical sights and sounds.
Embark at Venice
The romantic city of Venice is an ideal choice for you to begin your cruise holiday, explore this historic jewel, before boarding your chosen sailing.
Venice departures will often Visit ports such as Dubrovnik, Corfu, Athens, Split, and the Greek islands and usually last for about a week as a minimum.
Some of our recommended Cruise lines that operate from Venice and Cruise into the Mediterranean are Royal Caribbean International which has a number of ships which explore the mediterranean,Rhapsody of the Seas being one of the more popular, and has regular sailings out of Venice. Princess Cruises has selected sailings throughout the year and we at Virgin holidays can offer you a choice from the Princess Cruises fleet.
Norweigan Cruise Lines also operate from Venice, and a popular ship is the Norweigan Star. The renowned Cunard line, known for their transatlatic sailings also provide sailings in the mediterannean, and aswell as using Venice as a stopping port, we are also able to provide Fly & cruise packages on the Queen Victoria which embark at Venice.
Celebrity Cruises have a frequent sailing calendar which includes the popular Celebrity Constellation jump aboard at Venice and enjoy this splendid 5 star ship, which contains many of the Solstice class features.
Embark in Rome (Civitavecchia)
Rome is at the top of most travellers bucket lists, a city drenched in history and dolce vita, many of our cruisers spend at least a few days exploring this beautiful city before embarking on a sailing. As with Venice and Barcelona, if you can't wait to get on board there are plenty of flights available to get you to Rome and transfer to the port in plenty of time to check in; and board your chosen cruise. Our Cruise consultants are on hand should you need more information by either
visiting one of our local stores, or speak with one our Cruise consultants on 0203 668 8742, our
website can also provide you with your chosen holiday and simply book online, simply search our availability.
Rome departures visit pretty much the same ports as the Barcelona sailing, Monte Carlo (Villefranche), Corsica, Marseille, and Genoa and usually travel in the opposite itinerary to the Barcelona departures, both cities have their own
unique qualities, and we recommend that you take the time to explore these great cities before or even after, your cruise. Our dedicated cruise consultants, can even cater packages that will allow you to experience both cities.
Some of our recommended Cruise lines that operate from Rome and Cruise into the Mediterranean are Royal Caribbean International and one of their newest ships, the Jewel of the Seas.
Norweigan Cruise Lines also operate from Rome, and a popular ship is the Norweigan Star, which following it's recent renovation in 2015 means it
shines brighter than ever, also adding the Norweigan Epic, which sails around europe all year round, and finally we have the Norweigan Spirit which spends its time crusing the Mediterranean in the summer months before heading off to the Caribbean for the winter programme. Princess Cruises has selected sailings throughout the year and our dedicated consultants can provide you with a choice that suits your travel needs, just contact us and we will be happy to help.
Our Cruise consultants are on hand should you need more information by either visiting one of our local stores, or speak with one our Cruise consultants on 0203 668 8742, our website can also provide you with your chosen holiday and simply book online, simply search our availability.
As indulgent as the cruises are, be sure to experience everything the Mediterranean has to offer by exploring ashore. There is plenty for all the family to enjoy throughout your holiday, so you can be immersing yourself in the historic sites of Rome one day, followed by rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous in Monte Carlo the next. Then to help you recover from that jet-setting lifestyle, unwind on a blissful and sun kissed sea day.
Discover Mediterranean Destinations
Whether you are looking to soak up the lovely Provencal countryside or take a beach break in Nice or the many other seaside towns along the French Riviera, there are no shortage of opportunities.
A Greek Island cruise has to be top of anyone's list of stress-relieving experiences, particularly when your ship calls at such a variety of different destinations every day. There's no shortage of choice of cruise lines and cruise ships as so many take to the clear waters of the Aegean Sea.
Malta lies virtually at the centre of the Mediterranean with year-round sunshine and crystal waters, Malta offers the perfect stopover on your exploration of the Med.
Spain has something for everyone with rich history, unique architecture and vibrant cafe culture. Spain has no shortage of spectacular beaches from pristine sandy shorelines of Palma to stunning volcanic landscapes of Lanzarote.