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Explore the dazzling culture, rich history and mouth-watering cuisine of the sun-soaked Mediterranean – from Italy’s Renaissance masterpieces to Greece’s colourful islands.
Our stunning destinations.
Many say the Azores are what’s left of the fabled island of Atlantis, swallowed up by the oceans 9,000 years ago. Perhaps they’re right; they’re some of the most beautiful islands anywhere.
Discover the dazzling diversity of the Canary Islands. With our revolutionary new ship Celebrity Apex℠ offering sailings next year, why not make 2020 the year you cruise the Canaries?
With an otherworldly volcanic landscape, Lanzarote is like nowhere else on earth. Explore Cueva de los Verdes, a natural concert hall and subterranean lagoon. Or, simply enjoy the plethora of golden beaches.
Follow in the wake of Columbus to what was then the world’s most westerly known point. Discover natural wonders like the Caldera de Bandama, which is almost 1km wide by 200m deep.
The highest mountain in Spain is not on mainland Europe. It’s here. At 12,198ft, the peak of Mt. Teide is the highlight of any visit to the largest of the Canaries.
Renowned as the birthplace of Napoleon, you’ll find many tributes to the conqueror. See where he was raised at Maison Boneparte, then linger over classic Corsican cuisine at Le Grand Café Napoleon.
From the walled-city of Dubrovnik to the Roman palace in Split, Croatia's coastal cities exude charm and culture. Bathe in the sparkling Adriatic Sea, enjoying views of the Dinaric Alps.
Step back in time and into ancient marble streets lined with stone palaces. Walking the city walls is a must-do –the lookout towers along the way provide fantastic photo opportunities.
In the northern Adriatic Sea you’ll find the Croatian port city of Rijeka. The third largest city in Croatia, Rijeka is known for its medieval architecture, heavily influenced by the Italian Renaissance.
The Roman emperor Diocletian liked Split so much that in 295 AD, a palace was built here for his retirement. It’s one of the sunniest places in Europe, with scenery to match.
On the pristine Dalmatian coast, discover a Roman-era city with a modern vibe. Start at The Sea Organ, an art installation of 35 pipes cut into the promenade, powered by wave action.
Stroll under the palms of the fabled waterfront promenade. The animated Forville food market and narrow alleyways of Le Suquet are great places to browse, and Monaco is nearby to explore.
There’s much to do in this Normandy port. Marvel at the largest nuclear submarine open to the public at the ‘City of the Sea’ museum, or make a pilgrimage to nearby Mont-St.-Michel.
In the middle of the Cote d’Azur, Nice has long attracted writers and artists. Arm yourself with a scoop of lavender and vanilla ice cream and stroll down the Promenade des Anglais.
The allure of the ‘capital of style’ is legendary – haute couture combined with haute cuisine. Innumerable museums, and just as many famous parks sit alongside architectural icons like the Eiffel Tower.
Marseille is one of the most visited cities in France, thanks to its many museums, galleries and ancient buildings of historical interest. Along the coast, cycling tracks veer around coves and beaches.
Provence is your stepping stone to idyllic fields of lavender and charming villages like Cassis. Visit a restaurant around the Vieux Port and order Bouillabaisse, the hearty fish stew invented here.
Praised for its many canals and quaint neighbourhoods, this romantic village is the French equivalent of Venice. There are markets to stroll through, museums to admire and beaches to lounge on.
From the ancient Acropolis of Athens to scenic Santorini, Greece's 1000 islands are a fascinating destination for lovers of history, sunshine and rich Mediterranean cuisine.
Ah, Athens. The birthplace of democracy and western civilisation, with the crowning glory, the Acropolis, perched atop its plateau. Come and lose yourself in the twisting streets of the ancient Plaka district.
Like many ports in this part of the world, archaeological ruins dating back to antiquity are found everywhere here. There are also hundreds of gorges and over 1,500 land and sea caves.
Every nook and cranny tells you a story on this impossibly beautiful Ionian isle. Take in Byzantine churches, Venetian fortresses, and houses in the both French and English style.
Use this picturesque Peloponnese port as your gateway to one of Greece’s most historic landmarks – ancient Olympia. Located in a lush green valley, its stadium was the largest of its kind.
In Mykonos, sunlight reflects off hundreds of whitewashed houses, framed by the famous Venetian windmills. Enter its maze of twisting alleys, originally designed to confuse pirate invaders.
An important seaport since the Middle Ages, Nauplion has retained its Medieval charm in its ancient walls, monuments, and castles. Step back in time and soak up its abundant history.
Two millennia ago, you’d have been awestruck by the 100ft Colossus of Rhodes. Today, many diverse sites remain, such as the Temple of Venus. One thing that hasn’t changed is the sunshine.
Santorini is a place of almost mythological beauty. After anchoring, ascend 895ft to the capital Fira - reachable by cable car or a flight of 600 steps!
This city rises dramatically from the Mediterranean on terraced hillsides to Mount Carmel. From here, the world lies at your feet, and on a clear day you can see the Lebanese border.
Jerusalem is one of the world's oldest cities. Gaze at the Western Wall, all that's left of the Second Temple, or watch the sunlight hit the golden-roofed Dome of the Rock.
Italy is packed with cultural highlights whenever you plan to visit. Tick off bucket list destinations by day, then revel in new luxurious spaces by night on a 2020 Italy cruise.
Let yourself be entranced by Sardinia’s coastal capital. Explore hilltop towns, medieval cathedrals and ancient Roman ruins.
The capital of Sicily, Palermo, is home to ancient architecture, bustling markets, and in typical Italian fashion - fabulous food.
The Old World city of Trieste occupies a northeastern Italian crossroads of Latin, Slavic, and Germanic cultures on the Adriatic Sea. Roman and Byzantine empires ruled here once upon a time.
Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs and Normans have all left their mark here. Significant traces from all of these periods still remain here, including the Roman theatre and the Odeon.
From La Spezia, which provides ready access to the Cinque Terre region, you can travel to Florence and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Also, enjoy La Spezia's spectacular collection of cathedrals.
You’re spoiled for choice in the city that invented the pizza. Embark on a trip to Mt. Vesuvius for mind-blowing views before descending to Pompeii, or board a boat to Capri.
Stroll tiny Portofino, a perfectly poised pastel village taking refuge on its own secluded peninsula. Stop at a charming café to grab a bite and watch the yachts bobbing in the harbour.
If ever there was a place to return to and delve deeper, it’s Rome. Explore hidden piazzas, opulent baroque churches, and classical ruins. Not to mention the best of Italian fashion.
On the Italian Riviera, southeast of Genoa, Santa Margherita oozes quaint Italian charm. Like a scene from a postcard, yachts bob in the harbour and fabulous brightly coloured buildings line the waterfront.
Founded by the ancient Greeks, the ‘Door of Sicily’ is the setting for Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. Why not linger over a glass of local red wine in dramatic Duomo Square?
Picture yourself sipping hot chocolate at the legendary Caffé Florian on Venice’s fashionable Piazza San Marco, or taking a scenic canal ride by gondola through the mysterious waterways.
In the middle of the Med, tiny Malta is packed with history. You won’t want to miss St John’s Co-Cathedral, or the Grand Master’s Palace with its impressive frescoes.
Stroll under the palms of the fabled waterfront promenade. When you’ve taken your fill of the continental panache on display, the animated Forville food market is a great place to browse.
Up to 66ft high and blending into the mountainside behind, Kotor’s Venetian ramparts are an amazing sight as you approach by sea. Small it may be, but there’s plenty to see.
Lisbon is one of Europe’s oldest and most beautiful capitals. Enjoy local delicacy Pastel de Nata (custard cake), before exploring the wide boulevards lined by black and white mosaic sidewalks.
There’s more to Madeira than the nectar-like wine carrying its name. Experience an island blessed with Portuguese flair, and the only surviving pre-Ice Age forests on the planet.
If you think you’re in Italy, it’s because the Venetians ruled this area for centuries. Remnants of this can be seen at the Praetorian Palace, and the medieval port of Piran.
Alicante is located on the eastern coast of Spain known as the Costa Blanca. Blessed with white-sand beaches and rugged mountain ranges, it also has great nightlife and a cosmopolitan feel.
Vying for your attention in Catalonia’s visually stunning capital are the magnificent medieval buildings of the lively Gothic quarter and the exotic creations of architect Antoni Gaudi.
Art lovers will fall for rugged Bilbao. Home to both the Guggenheim and the Bellas Artes museums, you can spend more than one afternoon wandering the airy galleries, coffee in hand.
During the 16th and 17th centuries much of Spain’s naval power was projected from the port of Cartagena. Many of these coastal fortifications still exist, providing splendid views of the harbour.
Take the cable car up the 1,400ft sheer-sided peak for panoramic views of the town, your ship, Spain and Africa. Descend on foot to Michael’s Cave with its impressive rock formations.
Few places can boast such an international mix as the Balearic Island of Ibiza. Partying aside, there are plenty of attractions including Dalt Villa, a World Heritage Site, shops and tapas bars.
On a narrow thread of land on the Galician coast, the ‘Crystal City’ provides out guests with a gateway to Santiago de Compostella, one of Spain’s most romantic and historic cities.
Malaga is a spectacular legacy of Moorish culture. Take a trip along the coast to Granada to the exquisite Alhambra Palace. This is also the birthplace of Picasso.
The best views are reserved by those who arrive by sea. The white battlements of Bellver Castle sit on a hill overlooking the towering cathedral that took 400 years to build.
From Cádiz you can reach Seville. Explore the old town with its quaint vibe as well as its impressive monuments, pretty parks and lovely architecture. Don’t miss the tapas bars.
Known as the birthplace of paella, Valencia is a vibrant, friendly, mildly chaotic place with two outstanding fine-arts museums, an accessible old quarter, and an expansive cultural and scientific complex.
This picturesque port on Spain’s lush Galician coastline gives you easy access to fascinating medieval towns like Bayona. A fan of white beaches? A journey to the Cíes Islands is worth it.
With over 300 days of sunshine a year, Agadir is unlike any other city in Morocco. This once-quiet fishing port has been transformed into a laid-back beach resort town. Stroll the gorgeous beachfront promenade and palm-lined boulevards.
Journey to the ancient city of Ephesus and discover an amazing settlement of fascinating ruins, including the Library of Celsus, the Great Theatre from the Roman Imperial period and the Temple of Artemis which is considered one of “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World” from the city’s Greek period.
Straddling both Europe and Asia, Istanbul is a fascinating city of fusion and flair, famous for its minaret-dotted skyline.
Discover incredible destinations in the Mediterranean.
The wonders of the Mediterranean are closer than you think – when you sail with us, we set off from Southampton. From then on, it’s a voyage of kaleidoscopic colour and flavour, ranging from Venice’s snake-like canals to the volcanic landscapes of the Canary Islands.
So what makes the Mediterranean so diverse? With coastlines on three continents, the Mediterranean Sea is the perfect crossroads between Europe, Asia and Africa. As a result, it’s a bewitching palette of cultures and terrains.
It’s tricky to choose highlights, but we can’t resist the idyllic Amalfi coast in Italy or the hedonistic indulgence of Monaco and the French Riviera. Greece unfurls secrets of mankind’s earliest civilisations, while Croatia’s formidable walls hide gothic towns, teeming with history.
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Answering your questions about the Mediterranean.
From what to pack for your Mediterranean cruise to the key highlights to check out in every country, we answer all of your need-to-know questions.
A sun-kissed climate, mouth-watering cuisine, twinkling seas… the Mediterranean is what summer holiday dreams are made of. Not only that, but we cruise straight to the Med from Southampton, meaning it’s never been easier or more hassle-free to explore all that this diverse region has to offer.
• See more for less – You’ll save money (and time) on the price of your holiday when you book a cruise, as you’ll bundle travel and accommodation costs together.
• Easy planning – Bid goodbye to fiddly travel logistics, delayed flights and long journeys. Simply board your luxury ship at Southampton and get ready to discover a new destination every day.
• One trip, multiple destinations – You’ll pack even more into your holiday on a cruise, as we’ll cover multiple countries in one trip, from the architecturally innovative cities of Spain to the peaceful islands of Greece. Who knows, you might discover your new favourite place.
Discover more reasons why a cruise is the best way to explore Europe and the Mediterranean.
There are almost too many highlights in the Med to list, but we’ve given it our best shot:
• Santorini, Greece – The white-washed houses, cornflower blue rooves and sparkling waters of Santorini are just as impressive in real life as they are on the postcards. Watching the sun set over the caldera will be an unforgettable part of your Mediterranean cruise.
• Gaudian architecture, Barcelona – From the imposing La Sagrada Familia to sprawling Park Güell, the Spanish city of Barcelona is peppered with renowned architect Antoni Gaudi’s masterpieces. His work is characterised by its imaginative, gothic style.
• The Canary Islands – The islands of this Spanish archipelago are as unexpected as they are diverse. Hop across black sand in Lanzarote, laze on the beaches of Fuerteventura and scale Spain’s tallest mountain in Tenerife.
• The multi-layered cities of Italy – Expect awe-inspiring cathedrals, world-renowned galleries and baroque churches in cities like Rome, Florence and Naples. And we haven’t even mentioned the pizza yet.
• Venice – No Mediterranean cruise is complete without a visit to this distinctive city set upon a complex network of canals. Take your time wandering the atmospheric backstreets, and don’t miss St. Mark’s Basilica in the Piazza San Marco.
If you’re visiting the Mediterranean in the summer, pack plenty of shorts, cotton T-shirts and looser clothing to keep you cool as temperatures soar. It’s also a good idea to bring layers in case it cools off in the evenings. Make sure to bring along your swimwear for dipping in the sea or lazing by the pool on the ship, as well as a sun hat and sun cream. In cooler months, waterproofs, warm layers and sensible footwear are essential. Find out more about what to pack on your Celebrity cruise.
Most of the Mediterranean follows CET (Central European Time), which is one hour ahead of the UK and 2 hours ahead during daylight saving time.
The Mediterranean diet is considered one of the healthiest (and most delicious) in the world, thanks to its preference of grains, lean meats and olive oil. The coastlines and sunny climate ensure sweet, naturally ripened vegetables and plenty of fish. That doesn’t mean, however, that it’s without its indulgences – try traditional pizza and rich pasta in Italy, or hearty paella with spicy chorizo in Spain.
The Mediterranean is generally a safe place to visit, although guests are advised to prioritise their safety and use their discretion.
Countries considered to be in the Mediterranean are those which border the Mediterranean Sea, as well as some member states. The ones we visit include:
Celebrity Cruises sails to the Mediterranean between April and October. During the shoulder seasons (spring and autumn), temperatures are slightly cooler and the crowds are smaller – perfect if you like to have the tourist sites to yourself. The summer months will be the hottest and busiest. We don’t cruise to the Mediterranean in the winter, when the weather tends to be chillier and with a higher likelihood of rain.
The Mediterranean climate is typified by hot summers and mild winters.
• Spring: Temperatures start to warm up (hovering around 20 degrees) and the flowers begin to bloom, creating lush landscapes to enjoy.
• Summer: This is when temperatures are at their highest, reaching between 30 and 40 degrees in Italy.
• Autumn: Temperatures cool down to the low 20s and the crowds begin to disperse.
• Winter: The coldest month is January, when temperatures dip to single figures.
Mediterranean hurricanes are known as medicanes, but aren’t common at all – the waters of the Mediterranean don’t usually provide the right conditions to create hurricanes. If they do form, activity tends to start in autumn, peak in January, and peter out by April/May so there’s little-to-no chance of being caught in one during cruise season.
We’ve created some tips to help with any confusion around Brexit and how it affects travel. Check out our guide to Brexit and travelling to make your Mediterranean cruise as smooth as possible.
The best of the Mediterranean, handpicked by us.
Immerse yourself in the Mediterranean way of life with our selection of photographic highlights. Will you prefer Barcelona’s Gaudí masterpieces, or Italy’s grand Renaissance frescoes?
The best time to visit the Mediterranean, with Celebrity Cruises.
Summer is the busiest time in the Mediterranean, and the weather can reach very high temperatures. For a quieter and more comfortable experience, take a Mediterranean cruise between May and June or September and October. During these months, temperatures remain high, but the tourist crowds will be fewer. Between November and February, the weather becomes a lot cooler and wetter.
There are plenty of events and festivals taking place in the region to mark on your calendar. The Festa del Redentore happens in Venice and dates back to the 1500s as a way to give thanks for the end of the plague. July sees boats cluster in the lagoons, from which revellers can eat, drink and watch the impressive firework display.
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