The Mediterranean is so enthralling, so absolutely seductive that, like the mythical siren's song, its spell is impossible to break. It is both a haven for nature's glory and a veritable treasure trove of history. Once you experience it and behold all its treasures, you will never be the same. See it once and the memories forever embrace your soul. See it a thousand times and you still yearn for more.

A cruise holiday in the Mediterranean, the world's largest inland sea, gives you the opportunity to experience the variety the area has to offer; from the cosmopolitan cities of Spain and France in the Western Mediterranean to Italy, Sardinia, Greece, and Egypt in the Central and Eastern Med.

An extended Mediterranean cruise is simply a cruise vacation that combines ports from both the Western Mediterranean and the Eastern Mediterranean.

Cruise types

The Mediterranean has cruises from every major cruise line and quite a few of the specialty operators too.

While there are many cruise types and cruise lengths to choose from the major distinction is whether a cruise is an Eastern or Western Mediterranean cruise or an extended cruise.

The Eastern Mediterranean is the area that covers Italy, Greece, Turkey and the Adriatic Enjoy the culture and history of Italy, especially Venice which is simply stunning and completely unique.See the whitewashed splendor of the Greek Isles and discover the antiquity of Classical Greece. Wonder at the sheer beauty of the Dalmatian coast and be amazed by Istanbul who’s history dates from Byzantium to Constantinople to its place at the head of the Ottoman Empire.

The Western Mediterranean is the area from the west coast of Italy and covers France, Spain and North Africa including the Atlantic coast of Morocco and the Canary Islands. Enjoy the history and culture of Florence, the excitement of Monte Carlo, the architecture of Barcelona and the Arabic heritage of Morocco.

Extended Mediterranean cruises are more than just a combination of east or western Mediterranean cruises. The size of the Med and the range of major ports allows cruise lines to offer a huge range of 10 to 14 day (and longer) itineraries.

Cruise seasons

While cruises are available year round the main season is from March to October to take advantage of the longer days and warmer weather.

Main Ports

Cruises depart from most of the major ports but the key embark ports include Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Rome (Civitavecchia), Venice, Athens and Istanbul. Many cruises also start and finish in the UK with Southampton being the major port.

Weather

Weather during the cruise season is warm to hot and the days are long and generally sunny. Most rain in the region falls in the winter months.
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EU Mediterranean Cruises

Westminster Abbey & Western Med - Azura

Departure: 23 Mar 2018 From: Southampton, England Cruise line: P&O International Cruise Ship: Azura.

BONUS CREDIT* Fly, Cruise & Stay 17 nights with P&O International Aurora ex Southampton return incl 3nt London Stay PLUS full day London Tour!

From
AU$4,449

Per Person

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Magical Mystery Tour & Central Med - Aurora

Departure: 15 Apr 2018 From: Southampton, England Cruise line: P&O International Cruise Ship: Aurora.

BONUS CREDIT* Fly, Cruise & Stay 20 nights with P&O International Aurora ex Southampton return incl 3nt London Stay PLUS Tour!

From
AU$5,379

Per Person

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Sapphire Princess - Europe Explorer From Rome To Southampton

Departure: 25 Apr 2018 From: Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Cruise line: Princess Cruises Cruise Ship: Sapphire Princess.

BONUS CREDIT* Cruise 10 nights with Sapphire Princess from Rome to Southampton

From
AU$2,019

Per Person

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The Aegean Experience I - Departs 26th April 2018 - Voyages To Antiquity

Departure: 26 Apr 2018 From: Athens (Piraeus) Greece Cruise line: Voyages to Antiquity Cruise Ship: Aegean Odyssey.

Cruise-Stay 12 nights with Aegean Odyssey round trip from Athens to the beautiful Greek Islands in April 2018

From
AU$3,999

Per Person

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Balearic Islands & Corsica Cruise - Malaga To Cannes Royal Clipper 28 Apr 18

Departure: 28 Apr 2018 From: Malaga, Spain Cruise line: Star Clippers Cruise Ship: Royal Clipper.

Take a tall ship cruise with Star Clippers to the Mediterannean in 2018

From
AU$3,330

Per Person

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