The Mediterranean Sea has it all. Beautiful beaches and scenery, awe-inspiring history, cosmopolitan cities, a melting pot of languages and culture - it is an unforgettable region. With so many things to see and do, a Mediterranean cruise definitely merits a spot on your cruise bucket list. Why not give it a go in 2015 with Cruise Sale Finder's Bucket List Sale?
Itineraries are often divided into Eastern and Western Mediterranean, each offering different, but equally fantastic, ports.
Western Mediterranean cruises
The Western Mediterranean includes a whole lot of history in a series of sparkling seaside cities. All of the major lines, including Royal Caribbean, Princess, P&O UK, MSC and Holland America, offer these popular Western Mediterranean itineraries.
In Spain, ships regularly call in to Barcelona, Valencia and Palma so guests can soak up a little sunshine and try some tapas. The French Riviera is a major feature on any Western Caribbean cruise, with its many cities perfect for sitting in a waterfront cafe and watching the glamorous world go by. Marseilles, St Tropez and Nice make up the major French ports, and the Riviera continues to Monaco - the tiny, yet wealthy city-state famous for casinos and super-yachts. Arriving into the elegant Monte Carlo Harbour is an unforgettable experience!
The western coast of Italy is also included in most cruises. From Civitavecchia and Livorno respectively, passengers can visit the amazing cities of Rome and Florence which are filled with art, history and culture. Cruise lines will generally offer transport options and tours to experience these fabulous urban centres.
Eastern Mediterranean cruises
For many, the Greek Isles are the main drawcard. Ships stop at Santorini, Mykonos and other beautiful spots where whitewashed houses and mountains surround clear turquoise seas. Looking out over a Greek harbour, it is easy to feel that you have struck paradise. Many cruises also call into Athens.
Croatia and Montenegro are another highlight of the Eastern Med cruises. Dubrovnik with its gorgeous old town, marble streets and shining waters is quite a sight. The city of Kotor is equally picturesque - in fact, its stunning setting at the head of the bay of Kotor between towering mountains may make it even more so.
The more adventurous cruises will go as far east as Turkey. The ancient history on show in cities like Istanbul and Ephesus is astounding, and the unique culture is a memorable experience for all visitors.
Cruise lines and deals in 2015
Tick a Mediterranean cruise off your bucket list in 2015 with these great itineraries from Cruise Sale Finder and your favourite cruise lines:
- This West Mediterranean Cruise by P&O UK is a classic choice, departing and returning to Southampton and lasting for a fantastic fortnight of cities, beaches and more.
- The Mediterranean and Adriatic Grand Adventure cruise by Princess is a month of exploration in both east and west, taking in everything on offer. Truly a bucket-list cruise!
- The Adriatic Dream Cruise by Holland America is a great Eastern Mediterranean itinerary between Rome and Venice focusing on Croatia. At 11 nights, it is a magical getaway.
- Catch a little luxury on the Eastern Mediterranean Cruise by Celebrity. This 11-night itinerary from Rome takes in Turkey and Greece.
Put the Mediterranean on your bucket list with a cruise in 2015 and book now for an amazing price!