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Cruise hack: Sail off-peak to the Mediterranean with Princess Cruises

Author: Lucy Abbott

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If the Med is on your mind, then we have the perfect travel hack for you. Embark on Princess Cruises’ newest ship Sun Princess in the off-peak season to explore further without the crowds

Feel the gentle rays of the spring climate warm your skin as you explore the Mediterranean with Princess Cruises in the early months of the year – think fewer crowds and more exploring.

Simply hop onboard Sun Princess, the line’s sparkling new ship, in 2024 and take advantage of the authentic insight into local culture, where there are also fewer queues to explore iconic places.

So, don’t let February, March or April slip by without any exciting cruise plans – after all, the Mediterranean is only a short distance away, yet the destination brims with gorgeous gems and hidden treasures to explore.

Sounds like the perfect escape, right? Read on to discover why a Princess Cruises’ off-peak Mediterranean cruise is a must-do.

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Fewer crowds, less queueing

Picture this – you’re walking up to admire the stunning Colosseum in Rome and the once painstakingly long queue typical for the summer months is a fraction of the size. Ah, the beauty of spring cruising.

The ability to explore further with your time at port may lead you to embark on an exploration of Pompeii during your time in Naples on the ‘Seven-Day Mediterranean with Greek Isles & Turkey’ itinerary departing April 27, 2024.

Or explore for longer on a ‘Ten-Day Grand Mediterranean’, departing February 18, 2024, and appreciate the peacefulness of locations such as Corfu and Santorini in Greece.

And history lovers can be transported back to Roman times and wander around the civil war shelters in Cartagena, Spain on an excursion with Princess Cruises, with the time to observe and ponder what it was like to live back then.

Enjoy the pleasant spring temperatures with Princess Cruises. Credit: Princess Cruises

Spring temperatures

Spring in the Mediterranean is a seriously underrated season.

Gone are the sticky summer days attempting to explore, fan in hand. In spring, you can explore for longer without the stress of finding a shady spot to reside in.

If anywhere between 20 to 25 degrees Celsius is the ideal temperature for you, then the Mediterranean is the place to be. And don’t worry, if you love the heat, simply jump in the hot tub or even the sauna onboard Sun Princess.

After all, the Mediterranean isn’t exclusively a summer destination as the climate makes it the perfect year-round destination.

Wander around France’s port city yourself to experience its edge. Credit: Shutterstock

Immerse yourself in local culture

The quiet nature of the off-peak season combined with warm temperatures only leaves one thing left to do ­– explore.

Luckily for you, this is exactly what Princess Cruises delivers. Wake up early and, after indulging in a hearty breakfast, step offboard to admire the shopkeepers opening their stalls for the day in the likes of Genoa, Italy, or the locals sipping on a cappuccino in their favourite morning bar.

Marseille is another destination that possesses a unique beauty in the off-season, with the streets lined with vibrant farmers’ markets selling seasonal flowers as well as an array of spring festivals, well-loved by locals and now you.

You can experience both Genoa and Marseille on the ‘19-day The Best of the Mediterranean’ itinerary departing March 29, 2024.

The Signature Collection suites are particularly impressive onboard Sun Princess. Credit: Princess Cruises

Sail onboard the gorgeous Sun Princess

The cherry on top of exploring the Mediterranean in the quieter months is that you can do so onboard Princess Cruises’ newest ship, Sun Princess.

Not only is the ship the first Princess vessel to be powered by eco-friendly liquified natural gas, but Sun Princess also boasts the most balconies on a Princess Cruises ship.

There’s a brand-spanking new central Piazza which is reminiscent of the stunning squares nestled around Europe and for accommodation, we recommend you opt for a suite from the Signature Collection, where you’ll also have access to the Signature restaurant, lounge and sundeck – see the deck plans here.

So, that’s your early 2024 season cruise sorted, send us a postcard!

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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.