Ancient ruins, iconic, and sun-kissed beaches make up the Mediterranean. Credit: Shutterstock

Sail away to the Mediterranean in summer 2024 with Seabourn

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Vibrant Athens, Dubrovnik’s red-tiled roofs, the blue domes of Santorini, and the majestic Kotor fjord – with Seabourn, you can experience all these and more next summer

It’s over. The nights are darker and longer, there’s a nip in the air and our summer holiday seems a lifetime ago. The solution? To start planning next year’s cruise.

Make no mistake: Autumn is challenging enough – so having a cruise already in the diary makes the new season feel that little bit brighter, lighter, and easier to get through.

But where to set sail to? The Mediterranean, with its winning combination of history, culture and an enviable climate, gets our vote. And Seabourn is the cruise operator we trust to take us there.

That’s because the ultra-luxury cruise line is committed to “immersion” – creating experiences to take passengers right to the heart of a destination.

Case in point? Seabourn’s Shopping with the chef’ excursions – available in ports including Kusadasi, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Split, Kotor, and Kos – allow you to learn about regional markets and see how the freshest ingredients are selected, with an expert Seabourn chef as your personal guide.

Seabourn’s shore excursions are a cut above – you’ll have privileged, behind-the-scenes experiences and expert guides at many of the Mediterranean’s World Heritage sites. At the sublime ruins of Ephesus, you’ll even be treated to a complimentary classical music concert when the site is closed to the general public.

Ephesus stood for 11,000 years through ancient empires. Credit: Shutterstock

Back on board, Seabourn’s fleet features every amenity and entertaining option a discerning 21st century traveller could desire – and then some.

Marina days, when guests can take advantage of complimentary water sports, and movies – complete with popcorn – under the stars are just a couple of our favourite ‘Seabourn moments.’

‘Seabourn conversations’ – when the line invites knowledgeable historians and destination experts to share their world-class expertise with passengers ​​– and local entertainment performances on deck, aimed at further enhancing your cultural experience, are two others.

All told, if you want to really make the most of the Mediterranean (and your annual leave), then we highly recommend spending summer 2024 on board a Seabourn cruise ship.

Here are seven sensational itineraries that have caught our eye… and all of these feature inclusive airfares from a number of UK airports, plus transfers and next port protection.

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Seven night Aegean Treasures
This round-trip, week-long cruise from Athens onboard Seabourn Encore calls at Skiathos, Neapolis, Pergamon, Bodrum and Santorini, Greece’s most famous island. Departs June 2, and August 4, 2024. Fares from £5,199 per person.

Seven-night Greek Isles & Ephesus
Departing from Greece’s charismatic capital on either May 19, August 18, or October 20, 2024, this Seabourn Encore cruise features stops at Sparta, Crete, Mykonos; Ephesus, Cesme and Istanbul – the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Fares from £3,999 per person.

Seven-night Jewels of the Dalmatian Coast
Setting sail from Dubrovnik on either June 23, 2024 or September 8, 2024, this seven-night Seabourn Encore cruise stops at Korcula, Zada and Opatija in Croatia followed by Koper (Slovenia). After a day at sea, Encore calls at honey-hued Hvar before returning to Dubrovnik. From £5,599 per person.

10-night Malta & French Riviera
This enticing 10-night itinerary departs from Athens on June 5, 2024, and calls at Monemvasia before overnighting in Valletta, Malta’s Unesco World Heritage capital. Then it’s onto Mgarr, Syracusa, L’ile-Rousse, Toulon, and Palamos before concluding in Barcelona, a Spanish city bursting with colour. From £4,299 per person.

Soak up the sun in Santorini on a seven-day Greek Isles itinerary with Celestyal Journey. Shutterstock

10-night Tyrrhenian Treasures & Malta
Departing from Monte Carlo onboard Seabourn Ovation on either July 2, 2024 or September 10, 2024, this 10-night cruise calls at Porto Santo Stefano; Giardini Naxos, and Mgarr before an overnight in Valletta. Ajaccio, glamorous St Tropez, Palamos and Barcelona complete the round-up of attractive ports. From £4,899 per person.

10-night Mediterranean Overture
Setting sail from Barcelona on July 12, 2024 or September 20, 2024, this cruise onboard Seabourn Ovation calls at Palma de Mallorca, Alicante, Sete, Cavalaire-sur-Mer; Monte Carlo – with its yachts and coral-hued houses – and Golfo Aranci in Sardinia before arriving back in Barcelona. From £6,499 per person.

10-night Riviera & Mediterranean Jewels
Last but certainly not least, this 10-night itinerary departs Rome on July 22, 2024 or September 30, 2024 and calls at Amalfi, Lipari and Mgarr. After an overnight in Valletta, you’ll sail to Trapani, La Goulette, La Ciotat and Rosas before returning to the always buzzy Barcelona. From £6,599 per person.

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Barcelona is a city bursting with colour. Credit: Shutterstock
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About Kaye Holland

Kaye is a London-based wordsmith who has written for a range of publications including The Times, The Independent, The I, Culture Trip, The Sun, and ABTA among others. In June 2022, Kaye joined the Real Response Media where she looks – together with Lucy Abbott – after the World of Cruising website. Want to get in touch? Kaye can be reached at: [email protected]