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If you want to book a cruise to the Mediterranean and looking for the best cruise offers for 2022, 2023 or 2024 you're in the right place. Cruises to the Med offer a mix of sunshine, beaches and cultural sights with a great range of cruise lines and cruise styles to choose from. Choose a cruise to the Med in the winter and avoid the British weather or perhaps the spring and autumn to see the sights without the crowds whilst enjoying the warmth of the Mediterranean sunshine.

Cruises to the Mediterranean can visit a number of countries boasting exceptional beaches, cultural sights and delicious food. From the west you can cruise to very British Gibraltar, the Spanish cities of Malaga, Palma or Barcelona while to the east you'll find the mystique of Istanbul, the gorgeous Greek Islands and the stunning Dalmatian Coast. Read more about cruises to the Western Mediterranean and Eastern Mediterranean.

You may like to book a cruise to the Mediterranean departing from the UK or choose to cruise from a Mediterranean departure port such as Barcelona, Rome or Venice or perhaps choose a cruise to the Greek Islands departing from Athens.

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Mediterranean Cruises

You may choose to book your cruise to the Mediterranean from Southampton or Dover or another UK port. These cruises will typically stop at ports in France, Northern Spain and Portugal before entering the Mediterranean. Cruises to the Western Mediterranean from Dover and Southampton may call at ports such as Gibraltar, Barcelona, Marseilles and Palma before turning around and heading home within a typical 12 night - 15-night duration. If you're looking to cruise to the Eastern Mediterranean and Adriatic from the UK then you should expect a longer duration of 18 nights or more. Cruises to the Eastern Mediterranean are often easier accessed from ports such as Venice, Athens or Malta but there are cruises to the Greek Islands from Southampton or Dover or indeed cruises to Italy and Croatia.

Cruises to the Mediterranean - Frequently Asked Questions

What are the best cruise lines to the Mediterranean?

Many cruise lines sail to the Mediterranean. Here's a selection of the top 10 cruise lines cruising to the Mediterranean.

Ultra-luxury cruises to the Mediterranean

  • Seabourn - ultra-luxury all-inclusive ships with a choice of departure ports.
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises - including what the line claims is the most luxurious cruise ship at sea.
  • Hapag Lloyd - Small ship cruising for the international market.

Luxury and premium cruise lines to the Mediterranean

  • Oceania Cruises - known for its exquisite dining aboard small-medium sized ships.
  • Celebrity Cruises - offering a range of departure ports including from Southampton.
  • Princess Cruises - award-winning cruise line with larger ships and excellent onboard technology and dining.

Family cruises to the Mediterranean

  • Royal Caribbean Cruises - innovative resort-style ships with a range of activities and entertainment
  • P&O Cruises - Iconic British cruise line with ships mainly sailing from Southampton.
  • Marella Cruises - previously TUI Cruises have a range of all-inclusive cruises to The Mediterranean.

Cruises to the Mediterranean

  • Saga Cruises - British cruise line catering exclusively for Over 50's with two brand new ships.
  • Fred. Olsen Cruises - classically British with small ships offering excellent onboard service and themed cruises.
  • Cunard - larger ships with a typically British feel.

What is the best cruise ship for the Mediterranean?

It's hard to suggest any one ship is the best for a cruise to the Mediterranean. If you're looking for a family adventure then we'd recommend one of Royal Caribbean's ships. Full of activities, restaurants and bars to suit all tastes and ages there's something to keep everyone entertained. If you're looking for a more relaxed trip we'd recommend avoiding the school holidays and travelling with Celebrity or Princess Cruises. Both have luxurious ships and can cater for all dining tastes, each offer excellent cabin choices and affordable fares. For something more opulent perhaps try Oceania or Azamara cruises. Or maybe try NCL or MSC Cruises - the latter having a range of new ships offering a real Mediterranean welcome and style of cruising.

When is the best time to cruise to the Mediterranean?

The best time to cruise to the Med is in the spring and autumn when you're likely to get some great weather whilst missing the crowds and all the main attractions remain open. The best months to cruise to the Med are mid-March to May and then again from September to November. Many of the local attractions close during the winter months and whilst it may be warmer than in the UK the weather in the winter in the Mediterranean can sometimes disappoint. During the summer months, it can become exceptionally hot and the many tourist sites may be very busy with the main holiday season.

Will the seas be rough on a Mediterranean cruise?

The weather is always changeable and calm seas cannot be guaranteed at any time of the year. For the best chance of the calmest seas, travel in the spring and summer months. In the winter period, the seas can be affected by winter storms. The Mediterranean is likely to be calmer towards the east.

What are the best places to visit on a Mediterranean cruise?

The Mediterranean offers a great range of places to visit from beaches, cathedrals and historic sights. Here's a snapshot of some of the best.

  • The beaches of the Balearic Islands - be it Majorca or the smaller island of Menorca where the beaches and coves will delight.
  • The architecture of Barcelona - see the Sagrada Família or perhaps visit Park Guell.
  • The historic sights of Greece and its islands - from the Acropolis to the Palace of Knossos, these astounding sights will amaze you.
  • The glitz of Monte Carlo - take some time in the Casino or see the famous Formula 1 track in this millionaire's playground.
  • Explore the Dalmatian Coast - from the Croatian port of Dubrovnik see the azure sea dotted with beautiful islands.
  • Be British in Gibraltar - this unashamedly British outpost has history galore alongside an outstanding marina and tax-free shopping.
  • Eat Italian in Rome or Venice - the best pizzas and pastas and many Michelin starred restaurants await you.

What should I wear on a Mediterranean cruise?

Your Mediterranean cruise could take you to a number of countries so be aware of where you're travelling to and when you're travelling. Summer jet-setting is likely to require a couple of sets of bathing costumes, light wear for during the day relaxing onboard or when you're out and about exploring. Spring and autumn cruising may need a light jacket and full length trousers or dress whilst winter cruising will require warmer attire. Remember too the dress code for the ship that you're on. Some cruise lines will have a very relaxed attitude to evening attire although you may still be expected to wear smarter clothes to dine in restaurants while some ships may require gentlemen to wear a jacket and collar and ladies to wear smart-casual attire.

What should I pack for a Mediterranean cruise?

Packing for a Mediterranean cruise really depends upon the time of year you're travelling. As well as taking into account what you should wear on a cruise you should also consider a jacket, umbrella, binoculars and camera. Modern telephones may have a camera to record all your memories so make sure you don't forget your charger! Read our full article on what to wear and pack for a Mediterranean cruise.

The best cruise lines to the Mediterranean

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Mediterranean cruising guides

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Western Mediterranean and Atlantic

Western Mediterranean cruise holidays take passengers to three of the world’s most popular getaway…

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Eastern Mediterranean

There’s no cruise destination quite like the Mediterranean. Nowhere else in the world allows you to…

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Guides to the best places to visit in the Mediterranean

Explore our guides and read all about the best countries to visit on your Mediterranean cruise.

Canary Islands

Canary Island cruises offer up perennial sunshine and appealing temperatures all year round. They…

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Madeira

It’s no wonder its namesake wine is so moreish, as drenched in perennial sunshine, framed by white-…

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Azores

Almost 1,500 km west of Portugal, lying alone in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean is the…

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Italy

Italy cruise holidays take travellers to one of the most loved and renowned countries in Europe,…

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Spain

Spain cruises serve up sandy, sun-soaked shores, eating tapas, drinking Rioja and sangria,…

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Portugal

Portugal cruises take passengers to the Iberian Peninsula on the far western reaches of the…

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France

France cruises are the perfect way to experience the country of fine cheese, finer wine,…

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Gibraltar

Gibraltar is without a doubt the sunniest place in Britain and that’s because it’s nestled on the…

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Best places to visit in the Eastern Mediterranean

The Eastern Mediterranean has some jewels of cruising - read all about them in these guides.

Malta

Troy, Game of Thrones and Gladiator and were all filmed in Malta, and it’s easy…

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Turkey

Loacted in both Asia and Europe, Turkey is an entrancing mix of cultures. On a Turkey cruise you…

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Greece

Greece cruises take passengers to stunning coastlines and idyllic islands. Scattered across the…

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Cyprus

Cyprus is an island in the far eastern reaches of the Mediterranean, closer to the Middle East than…

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Croatia

Croatia cruise holidays are like stepping into an episode of Game of Thrones – and not…

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Jordan

Perched on the East Bank of the Jordan River is the Arab nation of Jordan, officially named the…

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Best ports to visit in the Mediterranean

San Sebastián de la Gomera

History fans will love sailing into San Sebastián de la Gomera, following in the footsteps of the…

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Arrecife

Arrecife on Lanzarote’s east coast offers a relaxing and enjoyable day ashore for cruise…

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Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura

Puerto del Rosario is the busy port and capital of the second largest of Spain’s Canary Islands,…

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Ponta Delgada, Azores

The ‘Green Island’ of the Azores is a lush paradise, full of bountiful charms and natural wonders.…

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Venice

Venice is a city unlike any other. No matter how often you've seen it in photos and films, the real…

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Naples

Naples, in the Campania region, is Italy's third largest city. Its claim to fame is the spectacular…

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Rome

The Eternal City of Rome is often spoken of as one of the world’s finest capital cities – and with…

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Barcelona

The infinite variety of street life, the nooks and crannies of the medieval Barri Gòtic, the…

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Valencia

Valencia, Spain's third-largest municipality, is a proud city with a thriving nightlife and…

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Palma de Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca, the largest city on the island of Mallorca, is the capital of Spain’s Balearic…

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Mahón

Mahón, or Mao as it is typically referred to by the locals, boasts the biggest natural harbour in…

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Málaga

As you sail into Malaga you will notice what an idyllic setting the city enjoys on the famous Costa…

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Ibiza

Hedonistic and historic, Eivissa (Ibiza, in Castilian) is a city jam-packed with cafés, nightspots,…

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La Coruna

Situated on the northwestern tip of the Iberian Peninsula, the city of La Coruña (or A Coruña, its…

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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Perhaps the prettiest of the Canary Islands, Gran Canaria is an almost circular isle with the peak…

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Porto

Lively, commercial Oporto is the second largest city in Portugal after Lisbon. Also called Porto…

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Lisbon

Set on seven hills on the banks of the River Tagus, Lisbon has been the capital of Portugal since…

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Funchal

Formed by a volcanic eruption, Madeira lies in the Gulf Stream, about 500 miles due west of…

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Monte Carlo

Fancy rubbing shoulders with the elite on the French Mediterranean coast? Then head to Monaco where…

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Marseille

Since being designated a European Capital of Culture for 2013, with an estimated €660 million of…

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Cannes

Cannes is pampered with the luxurious year-round climate that has made it one of the most popular…

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Corsica

Considered Corsica’s primary commercial and cultural hub, the largest city and regional capital of…

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Gibraltar

Tagged on to the end of Iberia, the intriguing British outpost of Gibraltar is dominated by a sandy…

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Valletta

Malta: the country that God built. Well, kind of. Malta is well-known for being the once-stronghold…

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Santorini

Undoubtedly the most extraordinary island in the Aegean, crescent-shape Santorini remains a…

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Mykonos

Although the fishing boats still go out in good weather, Mykonos largely makes its living from…

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Rhodes

The largest island of the Dodecanese and the fourth-largest Greek island, Rhodes has become a…

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Heraklion

The bustling port city and capital of the Greek Island of Crete, Heraklion has become a popular…

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Limassol

The lively port town of Limassol on Cyprus’ sun-drenched southern coast has become a holiday…

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Dubrovnik

Nothing can prepare you for your first sight of Dubrovnik. Lying 216 km (135 miles) southeast of…

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