A multiple holiday experience awaits on the doorstep of the UK and can be reached either without flying or with just
a two-three hour low cost flight. Walk through ancient structures, sample exotic cuisine, enjoy the thrill of a theme park,
sink your toes into warm golden sand, wallow in azure seas or rub shoulders with the rich and famous. It's all here in
the Mediterranean waiting to be experienced on a single cruise!
In the cruising world we usually divide the Mediterranean into
either the Western or Eastern areas. The main point of division
is to the west or east of Italy.
Western Mediterranean cruises are more prolific as they
can easily be reached within a two week return cruise from
Southampton without having to fly. Plus there are more ports
of departure on the western side of the Med such as Barcelona,
Malaga, Genoa, Palma (Majorca), Civitavecchia ( for Rome),
Marseille and Savona. Eastern Med cruises tend to start from
Venice, Piraeus (for Athens), Civitavecchia (For Rome) and until
recently Istanbul in Turkey. You will also find a number of 10 - 12
night fly-Med cruises which feature both parts of the Med such
as cruise between Barcelona & Venice or Rome & Venice.
The many varied ports of call in the Mediterranean offer
a diverse range of experiences - many of which are not
weather dependant such as sightseeing, historical, cultural
and gastronomic pursuits. As a result the Mediterranean cruise
season operates throughout the year.
The following ports of
call tend to be the most
MAJORCA: a summer sun favourite for
beach holidays .
IBIZA: another summer sun beach
favourite with hedonistic nightlife.
CORSICA AND SARDINIA: unusual
ports of call for scenery, beaches, food
and a slower pace of life which are
harder and more expensive to visit on a
land based holiday.
GIBRALTAR: a British Overseas
Territory - famous for the views from
the Rock of Gibraltar overlooking the
gateway to the Mediterranean and
MONTE CARLO: for royalty, the
Grand Prix, casinos and the big yachts.
CANNES & NICE: for the film festival,
glitz and glamour.
PORTOFINO: for spectacular scenery
LIVORNO: for the historical & cultural
delights of Pisa and Florence.
SANTORINI: for the photographers
paradise or whitewashed Thira perched
on the edge of the Caldera and the
legend of the lost city of Atlantis.
CRETE: the southernmost and largest
of the Greek Islands where the capital
of Heraklion is gateway to Palace of
Knossos ( of Minotaur and Labyrinth
fame) and the Minoan civilisation from
4000 years BC.
CORFU: in the Ionian Islands - the birth
place of Prince Philip, the Achilleon
Palace (home to the statue of Achilles
Heel) and Corfu Town - the largest
"living" medieval town in Greece.
RHODES: part of the Dodecanese
islands where the Colossus is once said
to have stood straddling Mandraki
Harbour and the ancient walled city was
the last bastion of the crusades.
MYKONOS: part of the Cyclades chain
of Islands famed for its Greek charm and
upmarket cosmopolitan atmosphere -
plus excellent beaches.