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Mediterranean Ports

There are so many Mediterranean ports to choose from, so it’s really up to you as to what sort of cruise you would like to experience. You can expect to find a diverse mix of culture, ancient sights, incredible landscapes, golden sand beaches, designer shopping and an incredible selection of cuisine wherever you travel within this expansive region.

Western Mediterranean

Western Mediterranean Ports are a great choice for first time cruisers, or travellers looking for a quick getaway. Particularly as you can now sail from the UK on many cruise ships. If you want to explore the Western Mediterranean then some of the top ports include:

Barcelona is a fabulous city and certainly a must-see on any travellers list. If you have just a day in the city, make sure you book a city tour as it’s the best way to get appreciate each attraction individually. On your tour you’ll get chance to see La Sagrada Familia, the vibrant shopping street of Las Ramblas and the Picasso Museum. Cannes is an ultra-chic port bursting with glitz, glamour and culture whilst Monte Carlo offers a stunning contrast of beautiful landscapes and modern casinos. Eleswhere in the Western Mediterranean, the ancient city of Rome is home to the Colosseum, Vatican, Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain.

Eastern Mediterranean Ports

Athens offers a beautiful contrast of old and new with ancient sites and modern buildings. Here you can see the Acropolis, Ancient Agora, Plaka, the National Archaeological Museum and Mount Lycabettus. Moving on to Istanbul, you’ll find a place brimming with grand bazars, temples and palaces, whilst Dubrovnik is a genuine World Heritage Site in which you can explore a historic Old Town hidden behind ancient city walls. Venice is known as one of the most romantic cities in the world, where you can ride along the canals in a gondola and discover all that is great about this beautiful port of call.

Take Your Pick

These of course are just a small slice of what’s in available across the Med. And because the six-star ships sail into more remote ports of call, you will be able to experience a journey like no other no matter which cruise line you choose. Whether it’s Seabourn, Windstar, Oceania, Regent, Crystal or Azamara, every one of the cruise lines that we represent will sail around the Mediterranean in luxury and comfort.

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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: Rome

There is nowhere else on earth quite like Rome. A colossus among the world’s great cities, it is steeped in the grandeur of the past and present as the ancient capital of the Western World and the indomitable powerhouse of Papal magnificence. [caption id="attachment_1822" align="alignnone" width="750"] St Peter's Basilica[/caption] This is a city that has lain at the heart of Christianity for nearly 2,000 years and was the powerful epicentre of the ancient Roman Empire, laying the foundations for the intoxicating spirit and grandiose glories that flow through its stone streets today. Painters, philosophers and architects who flocked here in centuries past have left an outstanding legacy of priceless treasures and artistic masterpieces; atmospheric churches brimming with exquisite artworks and superlative sculptures by the likes of Raphael, Titian, Tintoretto and Caravaggio, their works also filling the many museums and galleries, while striking fountains by Bernini bring elegance and grandeur to the squares and piazzas. From Baroque to Renaissance and Classical to Byzantine, the Eternal City is a living masterpiece of artistic styles that have shaped Western civilisation, but with such an abundance of riches the choice can be overwhelming.[vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator color="mulled_wine"][/vc_column][/vc_row] Why Rome should be your next port of call [vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator color="mulled_wine"][/vc_column][/vc_row] [caption id="attachment_1819" align="alignnone" width="750"] The Colosseum[/caption] For most first-time visitors on Mediterranean cruises to Rome, the top draw is inevitably the Colosseum where, in its day, baying crowds of 50,000 strong gathered to watch adversarial gladiators fight to the death …

Port in focus: Madeira

Madeira is an island gem blooming with natural appeal. Nicknamed the Pearl of the Atlantic, this lush, rugged isle sitting more than 350 miles west of Morocco is closer to Africa than to its mother country Portugal.Discovered by Portuguese sailors in the 15th century, it flourished as a trading post, but cruise ships have now replaced the stately galleons that called here on their forays to and from the New World. For years, Madeira was the darling of older travellers who adored its bucolic charms as the flower basket of Europe, with an abundance of colourful blooms that culminated in the springtime spectacle of its annual flower festival …

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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. …

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