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Mediterranean Cruise Ships

The range of cruise ships sailing to the Mediterranean offer a fabulous cruising experience, boasting intimate atmospheres, enriching activities, the ability to slip into secluded ports and an all-inclusive experience along the way. As the Mediterranean is such a huge region to explore, there are plenty of ships for you to choose from.

Mediterranean Cruise Ships 2015

Throughout the year, the Mediterranean cruise ships will be sailing to a host of different destinations all over this famous region. Whether it’s soaking up the sunny sights of Spain, discovering the beautiful landscapes along the French Riviera or exploring the ancient cultures of Italy, Turkey and Greece there’s a destination and an itinerary to suit every kind of traveller throughout the year.

Silversea

Silver Wind and Silver Spirit will be spending  their year sailing across the Mediterranean. Silver Wind will be staying in the Western region as she visits Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome and the Spirit will be offering voyages around the Eastern Mediterranean.

Azamara

Both the Azamara Quest and the Azamara Journey will be visiting the Mediterranean at some point throughout the year. During the summer the Journey will be sailing around Athens, Istanbul, Rome, Monte Carlo and Venice, where-as the Quest will be enjoying a tour of Italy and Monaco.

Crystal Cruises

Both of Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony will be spending time in the Med during 2015. Just some of the sailings you can expect include Barcelona to London, Rome to Istanbul, London to Rome and Barcelona to Venice.

Oceania Cruises

The ship which will be spending the most time in the Mediterranean will be the Riviera. She will be sailing to both the East and West of the region and guests will enjoy boutique luxury and style on this impressive ship.

Regent Seven Seas

Seven Seas Mariner and Seven Seas Voyager will be sailing around the Med throughout the year. The Mariner will be visiting Rome, Barcelona, Istanbul and Monte Carlo where-as the Voyager will calling upon Ephesus, Athens, Dubrovnik and Almalfi.

Seabourn

The Seabourn Quest will be offering 10-day sailings from Barcelona, Athens and Monte Carlo, Seabourn Spirit will be enticing guests with an overboard stay in Venice and journeying to Istanbul, the Seabourn Odyssey will be spending her time around the Greek Isles and the Seabourn Legend will be venturing along the French and Italian Rivera.

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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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Barcelona off the beaten track: Explore these six hidden gems

Barcelona is one of the most iconic cities in the world, but Gaudi architecture and La Rambla aside, what lies beyond the tourist-laden exterior of this luxury cruise port? If you want to explore off the beaten track next time you dock in Barcelona, make sure you explore these six hidden gems. Parc del Guinardó Teresa Grau Ros / Flickr.com, CC BY-SA 2.0 Forget the long lines and crowds clamouring to admire the view from Park Güell …

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