From the pristine beaches and ancient ruins of the Eastern Mediterranean to the artsy and flavorful countries of the Western Mediterranean, this region is easily one of the most diverse in the world. Revel at Spanish and Italian architecture, soak up some sun in Greece, explore antiquities in Istanbul and Malta or get a taste of the French countryside on the outskirts of Nice, Monte Carlo or Cannes. Some Med itineraries dip down into northern Africa; the Canary Islands are also a popular stop for repositioning cruises.
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Queen Victoria12 Night Mediterranean - Eastern CruiseSouthampton, Madeira , Las Palmas, Tenerife, Lanzarote, La Coruna, SouthamptonNow
Wind Star6 Night Mediterranean CruiseBarcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Corsica , Elba, RomeNow
MSC Divina18 Night Mediterranean CruiseMiami, New York , New York , King's Wharf, King's Wharf, Ponta Delgada, Lisbon, Valencia, Marseille, GenoaNow
Jewel of the Seas7 Night Greek Isles CruiseRome , Santorini, Mykonos, Athens , Katakolon , RomeNow
MSC Sinfonia7 Night Mediterranean - Eastern CruiseVenice, Split, Mykonos, Santorini, Mykonos, Dubrovnik, Ancona, VeniceNow
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If you're looking to cruise to the places that are generating buzz, or want to be among the first to sail to cutting-edge destinations, we've got your wish list. The hottest cruise destinations for 2019 span the planet, from a Caribbean port you might think you know to a remote coral atoll in the
Since the advent of low-cost airlines, savvy travellers have come to realise that no-frills doesn't mean no-satisfaction. Indeed, what is often perceived as prudent when it comes to air travel also holds true in cruising. Most British cruise lines would recoil in horror at being termed 'budget' but there is a wealth of affordable voyages available if you know where to look. Over-capacity in cruising hot-spots, coupled with a downturn in American cruisers heading to the Eastern Mediterranean means many sailings are going for a song. Plus, the post-Brexit plunge in sterling has sent ripples through the travel industry, with tour operators set to apply hefty currency surcharges to land-based holidays. Fortunately cruising is free of both surcharges and punitive exchange rates. Unlike European resort holidays, where the euros can add up, opting for a British cruise line (except Cunard) means you can pay for almost every element of your holiday in pounds, thus insulating your wallet against currency fluctuations. And it's not just food and drink. You can sign up for excursions in pounds, safe in the knowledge that there won’t be any nasty surprises at the bottom of the gangway. Your trip is paid for before you set foot on dry land.
Bordering Italy, France, Spain and Portugal, the Western Mediterranean is a culturally rich region filled with an incredible array of sights and experiences. Spanning the coast of Europe and nudging the continent of Africa, it's filled with ancient and modern wonders. Italy is brimming with art
When most cruisers think of European Christmas markets, their thoughts go to Rhine and Danube River cruises and the famous markets of Germany and Austria. But the Mediterranean has its fair share of Christmas villages as well. While there may be less (or no) snow and warmer temperatures, the
You've decided it's time to take that cruise to Alaska (or the Caribbean or the Mediterranean) you keep hearing about. But you're not sure how much it's going to cost you. The Mediterranean sounds awfully expensive, but what about Alaska? Perhaps a New England and Canada cruise would be more affordable? Cruise pricing is never static; no matter which region you choose to sail, prices ebb and flow. Cruise line (and even the specific ship within the line, since newer vessels tend to command more), time of year, length of trip and, of course, cabin type are all factors that affect the price of a cruise. Plus, what's included -- or not included -- determines the overall affordability of any given sailing. But some destinations are generally more affordable than others.