The best cruise deals for kiwis
Being surrounded by the diverse and historically significant countries of Europe, Africa and the Middle East can really do wonders for a sea. The Mediterranean benefits not only from this but from a range of other assets: rocky and dramatic coastlines, sandy beaches, charming islands, turquoise waters and its very own climate, the subtropical Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and pleasantly mild winters. ... Read more
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A Mediterranean cruise seamlessly blends beaches and natural beauty with urban attractions and staggering history. It is the cradle of empires, and on a cruise ship you can follow the trade routes of Romans, Greeks, Egyptians and many other ancient peoples.
Mediterranean cruise lines
With so many amazing things to see, it's no wonder that there are so many cruise lines sailing in the Mediterranean. From the European MSC or P&O to the North American Princess and Royal Caribbean lines, big ships abound. Boutique and luxury lines also have their place, with Azamara, Silversea and others taking advantage of their smaller ships to visit ports unheard of on a mainstream itinerary.
Eastern Mediterranean cruises explore the area from the Adriatic to the Holy Land. This include the Greek islands which are always a highlight on a Med cruise, with their whitewashed buildings on cliffs and hillsides overlooking sparkling clear waters. Croatia is another favourite, and a cruise in the east might even take you as far as Turkey or Tunisia.
Cruises in the western part of the region include some famous destinations. Want to see Barcelona, Palma, Marseille, Monaco, Rome and Naples? Get onboard a Western Mediterranean cruise and you'll likely visit those places and more. You might even pop round into the Atlantic to call in to Cadiz or Lisbon. Think of the amazing museums, cathedrals and town centres you might see with that itinerary. Better yet, imagine the things you might eat and drink!
No matter which part of the region you visit, a Mediterranean cruise is a fantastic holiday. Browse our Med cruise deals and give your wanderlust a kick start.