Mediterranean Cruises

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.

Mediterranean Destinations

Our stunning destinations.

Mediterranean Ports of Call

WHY CRUISE THE MEDITERRANEAN?

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.

Mediterranean FAQs

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.

Not only does the Med enjoy a sunny climate, sparkling seas and delectable cuisine, but it’s easily accessible too, as we cruise from Southampton. That means no more connecting flights of fiddly logistics.

Instead of spending half of your time sorting out travel arrangements, we’ll do the hard work for you. Every morning you’ll wake up in another corner of the Mediterranean, with a city of new sights and wonders awaiting you.

There are almost too many to choose, but you can start by discovering Italy’s incredible cultural heritage at Florence’s Uffizi Gallery. Next, go wine-tasting along Croatia’s dazzling Dalmatian Coast, and admire the spectacular caldera on the Greek island of Santorini. Finally, don’t miss the ancient ruins still standing in Rome, from the Colosseum to the Roman Forum. 

If you’re visiting in high season, pack plenty of shorts and T-shirts to keep you cool as temperatures rise. It’s also a good idea to bring layers in case it gets cooler in the evenings. If you’d like to relax by the beach or the ship’s pool, bring your swimming gear (and plenty of sun cream).

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 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.

Many languages are spoken in the Med, with the main ones being Italian (ciao), English and Spanish (hola).

MEDITERRANEAN HIGHLIGHTS

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?

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  • Dubrovnik's Old Town pier.
  • Sao Jorge Castle in Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Small port in the centre of Montenegro.
  • Positano on Italy's Amalfi Coast.
  • The classic blue domes of Oia, Santorini.
  • View of beautiful Valencia, Spain.

WHEN TO VISIT THE MEDITERRANEAN

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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