Fly to the Med with Princess Cruises. Credit: Princess Cruises

The secret benefits of fly-Med cruises

Author: Lucy Abbott

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Princess Cruises offers up a tempting array of fly-Med cruises, and if you haven’t considered flying to your next cruise – this article will make you think again

Wish you could transport yourself to your dream cruise destination? Well, Princess Cruises makes this dream one step closer to you with a range of tempting fly Mediterranean cruises.

Of course, you won’t be sunbathing in your swanky one-piece swimming costume at the snap of your fingers, but you’ll be only a short flight away from plunging yourself into a plethora of sun-kissed destinations.

So, for city hoppers who want to dive headfirst into each destination, look no further than a fly cruise with Princess Cruises.

And the secret benefits, you ask? Read on to find out…

Fly to meet your cruise ship from anywhere in the UK. Credit: Shutterstock

Take advantage of regional flight departures

While we would never diminish the handy nature of cruising from Southampton with Princess Cruises, a fly cruise to the Med offers the advantage of regional flight departures across the UK.

So, if the drive to Southampton isn’t the most joyous or easiest occasion for you, then you can simply travel to your local airport instead – how about that for flexibility?

And once you emerge off your plane, you’ll only be a hop, skip and a jump (no, not literally Brenda) from your beloved Princess Cruises ship.

Did you know that you’ll also have the peace of mind that your flight is protected by ATOL, if you book your cruise and flight together? Even more reason to go for it.

Time saver

Let’s face it, as soon as you book your cruise you begin counting down the weeks, days, hours, minutes and maybe even seconds till you feel the sunrays blessing your face from your balcony.

So why wait? A fly cruise means that as soon as the day rolls around for your Med cruise, you are content with the knowledge that you will be onboard in the sun that same day.

And a fly cruise to the Med isn’t only a time saver on the day itself, if you are restricted by annual leave or have to abide by school holidays, you can get the most out of your time in the Med by flying to meet your cruise ship there.

Spend more time exploring Casa Batlló by Gaudí in Barcelona. Credit: Princess Cruises

See more, do more

And you’ll be glad to know that the minimal sea days at the beginning of your cruise will follow you through the rest of your journey.

Fly cruises with Princess Cruises include lots of fascinating ports of call with only one or two sea days dotted in-between – think of it like lots of city breaks in one.

Take the ‘Seven-day Mediterranean with France & Italy’ cruise, which departs from Barcelona to Rome and only has two seadays but visits six iconic cities – Barcelona, Gibraltar, Marseille, Genoa, Florence and Rome.

Or, if you want a longer cruise, embark on Princess Cruises’ ’10-day French, Spanish & Italian Rivieras’ itinerary, which departs from Barcelona to Rome and visits nine ports of call.

Saunter through the charming streets of St Tropez. Credit: Shutterstock

Again, this itinerary only has two sea days, so you can take advantage of visiting the likes of St Tropez, France, where you can saunter through the charming streets, peruse the high-end shops and marvel at the lavish yachts.

Portofino is another stand-out port of call. This quaint fishing port features a stunning promenade lined with palm trees and framed by pastel houses – it’s picture-perfect.

Another advantage of a fly cruise is that you can extend your holiday with either a pre-or-post-cruise stay. Or even both, if you’re feeling extra-adventurous.

For example, fly to Barcelona four or five days before your cruise is due to depart to experience the beauty of Gaudi’s Basilica La Sagrada Familia, visit the former Olympic Ring of the hill of Montjuic and finish off by wandering down Barcelona’s most famous promenade – Las Ramblas.

Portofino is just one of the beautiful ports of call you'll visit with Princess Cruises. Credit: Shutterstock

Pay in a way that works for you

No scary shock on the last day of your cruise with Princess Cruises, as you can know the price of your holiday in advance.

You can do this by adding either the Princess Plus or Princess Premier all-inclusive package to your cruise, which means you are guaranteed to have a stress-free, relaxed break.

And you can take advantage of the pay monthly plan so you can spread the cost of your holiday – it’s never been easier to book.

Make your 2024 the year to tick off your Med bucket list – we know we will.

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About Lucy Abbott

Lucy is a cruise journalist who has sailed on a variety of ships, from expedition to river – with her favourite being expedition cruising.

Lucy is interested in new sustainable ways to cruise as well as how cruising is becoming accessible for all.

She works together with Kaye Holland to keep the World of Cruising website up to date with all the latest cruise news.