The sun-soaked Mediterranean is home to a plethora of dream holiday destinations; we’re talking breathtaking historic cities, picturesque beaches and quirky landmarks.
But with such a wealth of destinations on offer, deciding where to go first can be overwhelming.
That’s why Mediterranean cruise holidays can be ideal, as you get to sample all the highlights at your leisure, while also enjoying the ship’s entertainment, lush cabins and fine dining at sea.
We’ve done the leg work for you and picked out seven of our favourite sailings for 2019/2020 from whistle stop tours to longer leisurely breaks.
Happy holiday hunting!
1. Mediterranean Medley, Marella Cruises
If you’ve always wanted to go on a Mediterranean city break but don’t know where you’d start, get a sample of what’s on offer with this eight-day cruise where ports of call include Palma in Majorca, Florence, Pisa, Genoa and Turin in Italy, Monaco, Toulon in France and Barcelona in Spain.
Plus you’ll be sailing on board Marella Dream boasting lush restaurants, swish cabins and plenty of fun entertainment including Broadway shows.
How much? Prices from £865pp, based on two people sharing an inside cabin with a 15th October 2019 departure.
2. All-inclusive Mediterranean package, Mirror Cruise
This nine-night, all-inclusive sailing on board the luxurious MSC Preziosa, which includes your flights, the cruise, a premium drinks package worth £250, and even a handpicked hotel stay.
The sailing visits a host of glamorous destinations including the sun-soaked city of Vigo in Spain, the bustling hub that is Barcelona, historic Marseille and picturesque Genoa.
How much? Prices from £699pp for nine nights, based on two people sharing an inside cabin with a 25th September 2019 departure.
3. Mediterranean Cities, Royal Caribbean
Sailing on a round trip from Southampton you’ll get to discover glamorous spots across the Med, including Malaga, Cannes, Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Lisbon and Vigo.
Plus, you’ll be on board the recently renovated Independence of the Seas with its aqua park, Broadway-worthy entertainment, swish cabins and heaps of dining options.
How much? Prices from £999pp for 12 nights based on two people sharing an inside cabin, with a 26th September 2019 departure.
4. Italy, Greek Isles & Montenegro, Mirror Cruise
This nine-night sailing on board MSC Magnifica includes a roundtrip from Venice (flights are included), with ports of call including dreamy spots such as Bari, Katakolon, Santorini, Piraeus, Corfu.
Your package also includes a FREE centrally located handpicked hotel stay in Venice – giving you extra time to discover the breathtaking Italian city.
How much? Prices from £499pp for nine nights, based on two people sharing an inside cabin with a 29th November 2019 departure.
5. Croatia and Italy, P&O Cruises
Sailing on a roundtrip from Malta on board Oceana you’ll get to explore the likes of historic Dubrovnik, party town Hvar, picturesque Venice and beautiful Split during this seven-night adventure.
The cruise is on a full board basis too making for a tempting value package – you’ll just have to pay for extras such as optional excursions and drinks at the bar (as well as a few select restaurants).
How much? Prices from £997pp for seven nights, based on two people sharing an outside cabin with a 4th April departure. Flights to Valletta, Malta included.
6. Treasures of the Mediterranean, Marella Cruises
Enjoy the best of the breathtaking coasts and balmy temperatures as you sail on board Marella Dream with ports of call to the likes of Trapani in Sicily, Sorrento and Rome in Italy, Ajaccio in Corsica and Palamos in Spain on a round trip from Majorca.
How much? Prices from £1,328pp for 14 nights, based on two people sharing an inside cabin on an all-inclusive basis, with a 7th May 2019 departure. Flights from Bournemouth included.
7. Islands of the Mediterranean, Fred Olsen
If purely city-focused itineraries aren’t quite your thing, then this mix of cities and islands could make for a fun alternative.
Sailing on board the luxurious Balmoral on a roundtrip from Southampton, you’ll visit plenty of cultural hubs including Malaga, Cartagena, Ibiza, Mahon (Menorca), Ajaccio, Olbia, Palma, Cadiz, and even a trip to Portugal’s trendy Lisbon.
How much? Prices from £1,999pp for 17 nights, based on two people sharing an interior cabin with a 2nd April 2019 departure.
Where to find more Mediterranean cruise deals
Cruises can offer great value for money and when you’re on a budget, there are plenty of deals to be found.
You can find dedicated deals on Mirror Cruise for both western Mediterranean and eastern Mediterranean sailings, while companies such as Jetline Cruises, Cruise 118 and Imagine Cruising can often be good sources for deals and packages.
For an extra helping hand, we’ve also rounded up top tips for finding cruise deals.