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

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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.

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Receive free drinks, $300 onboard spend, free flights to Europe or gratuities included on Southampton sailings when you book an eligible stateroom on select worldwide sailings by 18 November 2019*

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Discover the ultimate family holiday at sea with our range of luxury cruises across the Easter break and summer school holidays.

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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.

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:
•    Spain
•    France
•    Monaco
•    Italy
•    Croatia 
•    Montenegro
•    Greece
•    Turkey
•    Israel
•    Malta
•    Portugal
 

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. 

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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