An Eastern Mediterranean cruise holiday takes you to a sightseer’s paradise, combining beaches, history and scenic splendours to great effect. Even better, the region is wonderfully accessible from the UK with all cruises to the Mediterranean sailing from and returning to Southampton. Along the coast of Italy, Greece, Turkey and Egypt, the extraordinary intrigue of this area continues to draw travellers from far and wide.
   Cruising to this end of the Mediterranean also leads to where Europe meets Asia: right in the middle of the mosques and minarets of Turkeys bustling capital, Istanbul. Colourful not only in terms of its people, crafts and buildings, the city pulsates to the sounds of children, hawkers and carpet sellers. Mediterranean cruise holidays offer experiences like no other, places in which you can immerse yourself in the different culture, foods and architecture. For many it’s one of the major highlights of an Eastern Mediterranean cruise holiday.

A Western Mediterranean cruise positively sparkles with possibilities. The buzz of bustling Barcelona. The glamour of the Côte D’Azur. The fountains and frescos of Rome. Arts and culture. Surf and sand. Café hopping and boutique shopping. A Western Mediterranean cruise offers a perfect blend of the very best sights, attractions and activities, there really is so much to see and do on a Med cruise.
   In fact, with our Western Mediterranean cruises, you’ll find one magical moment after another. Let the scenery and sights unfold and you’ll find culture-rich cities extending before you day after day. The cuisine is varied, ranging from enticingly rustic to contemporary and sophisticated. Rolling countryside is often just a step away. If the buzz of the city draws you, shopping opportunities range from chic boutiques to lovely local markets laden with fresh produce. A more diverse holiday is hard to come by. Plus, with all Western Mediterranean cruises sailing from and returning to Southampton, travelling to this unforgettable area couldn’t be more relaxing.