A cruise on the Mediterranean Sea is a unique experience, both for the first time cruiser and experienced cruise traveler. After the Caribbean it's the most popular cruise destination in the world. In 2011 almost 4 million passengers took a cruise in the Mediterranean.
The mild climate, the various islands, the beautiful nature, the ancient cities of culture, the cuisine and its hospitable people make the Mediterranean a highlight for any cruise traveler. The Mediterranean is an ideal sailing are for cruise ships of all sizes. She is on average about 600 kilometers wide, covers an area of 2.5 million km2 and is on average more than 1,450 meters deep.
Cruise destinations along the Mediterranean
No Mediterranean cruise is the same. There are different routes and schedules. Often referred to as the Western Mediterranean and the Eastern Mediterranean. Sometimes routes overlap both areas.
A cruise along the Western Mediterranean takes you along Spain, France, North Africa and Italy. The islands of Palma de Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, Malta and Djerba are located iin the Western Mediterranean area.
A cruise along the Eastern Mediterranean let you discover countries such as Italy, Turkey, Greece, Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Israel, and North Africa. Crete, Corfu, Rhodes, Cyprus, Mykonos and Santorini are also great islands in this part of the Mediterranean Sea.
Sights and shore excursions along the Mediterranean
A cruise along the Mediterranean is an accumulation of cultural and gastronomic delights. There are literally hundreds of possible shore excursions during a Mediterranean cruise. Taste an authentic Paella in Valencia or drink a fresh sangria in Barcelona. Explore Provence and the French Riviera from Marseille, Toulon, Cannes, Nice or Monaco. Why not trace the footsteps of Christopher Columbus in Savona or Genoa?
You can admire masterpieces by Michelangelo in Florence or visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa from the port of Livorno. In Rome you go back centuries in time before returning to the port of Civitavecchia. From the top of Vesuvius you have a beautiful view over the bay of Naples and Sorrento. Cities like Pompeii and Herculaneum take you back in time. The island of Capri flaunts along the Amalfi coast. The volcano Etna dominates the east coast of Sicily and its jewel in the crown Taormina. In Ajaccio on Corsica you will discover the roots of Napoleon Bonaparte.
Along the Costa Smeralda in Sardinia you can enjoy unspoiled beaches. In Valletta in Malta and on the island of Rhodes imagine yourself being a Templar during the Crusades. It may also be more exotic. How about Alexandria or the Pyramids of Giza? The ancient Carthage in Tunisia?
You can discover the holy city of Jerusalem from Haifa or Ashdod. In Cyprus you can visit the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite, according to legend. And Turkey ... this beautiful country on 2 continents. The archaeological site of Ephesus speaks to the imagination, while the Pigeon Island in Kusadasi is a great place to relax while overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. In Istanbul you can get lost in the many bazaars and between monumental mosques. The Greek islands like Corfu, Santorini, Patmos, Mykonos and Crete will not leave you unmoved. In cities such as Olympia and Athens you stand at the cradle of Western civilization.
The Trulli in Alberobello in southeastern Italy belong to the UNESCO World Heritage. Higher up north you can visit the mini-state of San Marino or marvel at the beautiful mosaics in Ravenna. Along the many canals and bridges in Venice romance is everywhere. The Croatian coast has no equal and cities like Split and Dubrovnik are a must see. Tucked away in a deep bay you can discover the historic town of Kotor in Montenegro ... One thing is certain: during a cruise on the Mediterranean you will not be bored for a minute!
Climate in the Mediterranean
The best time for a cruise on the Mediterranean Sea is spring and autumn. The summer also is a good season, although it can be very hot. Sometimes up to 35 °C and more! The Mediterranean climate is very mild and definitely on the high seas, a pleasant breeze can bring some coolness. On the islands you can enjoy sunbathing under a blue sky and bright sunshine.