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Luxury Mediterranean Cruises

The following luxury cruise lines offer Mediterranean sailings:

What to expect on a luxury Mediterranean cruise

From historic capital cities to charming coastal towns dotted across a sun-soaked shoreline, there is so much choice when it comes to picking your perfect Mediterranean cruise itinerary. Take your pick from a host of voyages taking in the Western Mediterranean across Spain, Portugal and the French Riviera, or the Eastern Mediterranean including Italy, Greece and Croatia.

Things to see on a Mediterranean cruise

Whichever side of the Mediterranean you decide to explore, from the enchanting east to the legendary west - or even both - you will experience the warm climate, captivating culture and fascinating history for which the region is renowned. A Mediterranean cruise offers the opportunity to explore a different city every day - enjoying famous museums, pavement cafes and stunning scenery as you go. Why not book a Cruise and Stay holiday and extend your stay in a city such as Barcelona?

Top Western Mediterranean cruise destinations

  • Barcelona - a city famed for its beautiful architecture and vibrant local culture
  • Seville - this beautifully cultural destination is the birthplace of Flamenco
  • St Tropez - the seaside playground of the rich and famous
  • Monte Carlo - famous for its glamour, gambling and Grand Prix
  • Canary Islands - a Spanish archipelago of seven volcanic islands

Top Eastern Mediterranean cruise destinations

  • Rome - this stunning historical city is the birthplace of countless architects, artists and sculptors
  • Athens - with a history spanning over 3,000 years, this is a truly fascinating city
  • Dubrovnik - explore the baroque buildings and white limestone streets of the old town
  • Kotor - nestled on the coast of Montenegro, this town is a medieval maze of wonder
  • Greek Islands - enjoy heavenly beaches, crystal clear waters and ancient culture

When to cruise in the Mediterranean

Mediterranean cruises are most popular during the summer months of June, July and August. The hot weather and warm sea make this the ideal time to visit the coastal town and cities. The spring and autumn are also good times to cruise, particularly if you wish to avoid the hustle and bustle of the summer season.

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There's simply so much choice when it comes to luxury Mediterranean cruises. Whether you embark on an eastern or western voyage, or a little of both, a mix of ancient cities and spectacular ports await.

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Port in Focus: Venice

Irrepressibly romantic and impossibly evocative, Venice stands alone as one of those rare destinations that casts a mesmerising spell over all who visit. Centuries of history roll down the maze of canals that flow between the stately squares and grand palazzos that bear testament to a colourful and turbulent history, when this city commanded the Adriatic region as the powerful Venetian Republic. The richness of its Byzantine past (when it was a pivotal trading centre between Asia and Europe) is evident today in the architectural and artistic treasures built on the wealth which flowed into the city during the Middle Ages. Arriving by water is the most fitting and memorable way to enter Venice, either on-board the cruise ships which dock here or the sleek water taxis that race across the lagoon from the mainland into a world of Italianite glory. Step onto the romantic Rialto Bridge and you feel as though you have walked onto the living, breathing stage of a Shakespearean play or witnessed a famous Canaletto masterpiece come to life. Ahead of you, the Grand Canal bustles in an ever-moving tableau of crowded vaporettos chugging noisily back and forth, interspersed with lines of gently floating gondolas and stylish water taxis. It is a mesmerising sight, like so many others in this unique city: most notably the grandeur of the famous Piazza San Marco with its distinctive bell tower, and the spectacular facade and extravagant mosaics of St Mark’s Basilica. Behind it lies the striking Doge’s Palace, a former prison and major city landmark, and the Bridge of Sighs, famous for being the last chance for prisoners to glimpse the outside world before being incarcerated. There is no shortage of fascinating tourist sites in Venice, but one of the biggest joys is wandering at will and getting hopelessly lost in the narrow back streets off the main thoroughfares. Not only does this escape the crowds, but you can feel a real sense of history made all the more evocative by the mellifluous tones of singing gondoliers echoing through the sleepy backwaters. Top tip The best buys are beautiful Murano glass jewellery and distinctive Venetian masks, but beware the high prices around St Mark’s Square; the further you walk from here, the more prices drop. …

The Adriatic: a priceless pearl of shining appeal

In recent years, the Adriatic has emerged from the Mediterranean’s shadow as the must-see region to explore by cruise ship.Once you sail along the intricate coastline of Croatia and Montenegro – the dramatic rocky cliffs and deep inlets punctuated by striking terracotta-tiled merchants’ houses in the distinctive Venetian style that dominates this region – it is easy to understand why. Yet for many first-time cruisers, the archetypal Mediterranean voyage tends to err on the western side, visiting historic powerhouses such as Barcelona, Naples and Rome, and taking in the jet-set resorts along the Cote d’Azur. But continuing further eastwards to the Adriatic opens up a different world that overflows with a rich history borne of contrasting cultures and religions. These stem from the region’s pre-eminence as a trading route between Asia and Europe in the Middle Ages, which underpinned the artistic riches of the Byzantine and Renaissance eras, evident today. Ports for all sorts [caption id="attachment_1226" align="alignnone" width="750"] Old Town walls in Kotor[/caption] One of the reasons for Adriatic cruises' rising popularity is the richness and variety of its ports that can accommodate ships of all sizes. Large vessels taking 3,000 passengers or more can dock at popular cities, notably Split and Dubrovnik, which are mainstays of Adriatic itineraries, and squeeze through the entrance of southern Europe’s largest fjord to cruise past the dramatic cliffs leading to the beautiful walled city of Kotor in Montenegro. Meanwhile, smaller ships and yachts (some accommodating just tens of passengers), follow routes that cling to Croatia’s picturesque coastline and tiny lesser-known settlements off-limits to larger ships …

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