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    Best Cruises in the Med

     

    With so much to see and do in Europe organising a trip that takes in all the sights and gives you ample relax time can be both exciting and daunting. Who needs the hassle and cost of arranging endless trains, boats and planes when you can see the Med from the comfort of your own floating hotel. A Mediterranean cruise offers something for everyone. Traveller’s can team the remote beaches of the Greek islands with the hip architecture of Barcelona, or enjoy a Stein of beer in Munich with visiting the designer boutiques in Cannes. With more and more itineraries and cruise liners to chose from its easy to see why seeing the Med by cruise is the only way to travel.

     

    Mediterranean Cruise Start Points

    SOUTHAMPTON - BARCELONA - PALMA - MALAGA - GENOA - ROME - ATHENS

     

    If the UK is your starting point many Mediterranean cruises start from Southampton, making them a big win with first time cruisers and those not so keen on flying. Both Royal Caribbean and P&O offer a great selection of cruises from Southampton and places of interest include stops in the French Riviera, Rome, Barcelona and the Baltic’s. Our top pick for 2015 is the family friendly P&O cruise aboard the Azura that takes in stops at Spain, Italy and Corsica.  Fly-cruises are also a super popular choice for a Mediterranean Cruise. By taking just a 2-3 hour flight from London to one of Europe’s key embarkation points you will find an even greater choice of cruise itineraries across the Eastern and Western Mediterranean.  BARCELONA is generally the main hub for starting a cruise to the Western Mediterranean and the majority of cruises will incorporate must-see stops across Italy, Spain and France. Eastern Med cruises normally start from ROME or ATHENS and include stops in Italy, Turkey, Greece and Croatia. Don’t forget to spend a night or two enjoying your embarkation city of choice before heading off on your cruise.

     

     

    Mediterranean Cruise Main Ports of Call - East and West


    Cruises in the Eastern Mediterranean

    TURKEY - ISRAEL - EGYPT - BLACK SEA - GREECE - ITALY - CROATIA

     

    If you’ve set your sights on an Eastern Mediterranean cruise, a stop to the Greek island of SANTORINI should not be missed. White washed villages, cobbled streets and sea views to die for all put this island firmly on the cruising map. Royal Caribbean’s Splendour of the Sea’s makes a full day stop in Santorini giving you enough time enjoy volcano hiking, wine tasting or to bask on the black sand beach of Perivolos. Greece Reviews >

    VENICE is one of those top 10 places to visit in your lifetime. Known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world it is easy to see why Venice is such a popular cruise stop. Relaxing on a gondola with a gelato in hand is a must whilst in this city!  Since many cruises begin or end in Venice you should definitely allow a few days to explore this magnificent city pre or post cruise. We would recommend avoiding the summer heat and beating the crowds by travelling early in the season. Princess Cruises ‘Maiden Med and Greek Islands Grand Adventure’, ticks all the boxes and is scheduled to run throughout May, the perfect time to travel. Italy Reviews >

    Dubrovnik, CROATIA is a wonderful example of a mediterranean city, the old town enclosd by ancient walls is truly charming.  It's the perfect destination to visit for a day as it's small yet with plenty to keep you busy within the walled city. There are lots traditional restaurants in which to experience the local Croatian cuisine and the town is riddled in history.  The port is small and so cannot accept the biggest cruise ships but they will moor outside the port and transport you in tenders. This is one destination you don't want to stay on the ship for.  Surrounded by some of the crystal clearest shores in the mediterranean, enjoy the sunny skies and unspoiled surroundings of Croatia. Croatia Reviews >

     

    Cruises in the Western Mediterranean

    SPAIN - FRANCE - ITALY - BALEARICS - GIBRALTAR - MOROCCO

     

    How about stopping off and strolling the opulent streets and glistening waters of MONTE CARLO. Retrace the footsteps of Grace Kelly and ogle the designer shops, fancy yachts and bask in the sheer lavishness of this incredible coastal city. To really arrive in style we recommend Star Clippers, ‘Star Flyer’ that incorporates Cannes, Corsica and St Tropez into this tall ship adventure cruise. 

    NAPLES Italy, is one of the major stops of a Western Med cruise. Officially the largest city in Southern Italy, this busy city offers the ideal start point for excursions. The Almalfi coast can easily be explored by private tours that capture the beautiful towns of Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Ravello in just one day. A tour of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, just south of Naples should be the first thing on your list. Italy Reviews >

    Of the Balearic Islands Majorca is extremely popular stop for cruises. A little island nation of boat lovers there are a number of harbours and the cruise terminal is located next to the main city of Palma.

     

     

    We have literally just dipped into the best things to see and do in Mediterranean on your cruise. The list of cruise liners, itineraries and shore excursions are endless so its worth spending time deciding which are the top stops on your hit list to help you choose your ideal cruise. Med cruises normally run from early spring to late Autumn. Summer across the Med is hot hot hot! Whilst you are pretty much guaranteed sunny weather, bear in mind that if it’s too hot especially in the East sight-seeing will be a little more exerting and the main tourist sites will be very crowded. Winter cruising is becoming more popular in this region due to moderate weather temperatures, sunny skies and less crowds. Prices are also much more affordable and itineraries tend to be more leisurely so if you can travel ‘out of season’ it’s certainy worth considering.

     

     

     

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