Mediterranean & Canary Islands Cruises from Southampton
Fascinating Jewels of the Great Sea
2021 & 2022 Cruises from Southampton
It’s not difficult to come up with a list of reasons to visit the Mediterranean, and for many, it is a top destination, with many treasures to be discovered. Enclosed by three continents you will visit glamorous resorts, historic cities and idyllic islands whilst enjoying the warm and balmy climate.
Pay tribute to the world’s oldest civilisations and visit ancient monuments — such as the Colosseum in Rome, the Diocletian’s Palace in Split, the Parthenon in Athens, or the Castel Nuovo in Naples — all testament to the resilience of mankind and our capacity to endure. Full of archeological wonders, much of the Mediterranean is like a great outdoor museum, where you can soak up some of that rich history along with the sunshine. Home to the most iconic UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Europe, you will not be short of wonders to behold.
When you have had your fill of cathedrals and castles, immerse yourself in the intriguing blend of cultures that is the hallmark of Mediterranean life. Visit tree-lined Las Ramblas in Barcelona, enjoy the quaint and otherworldly charm of Trogir as you wander through the marbled town, admire picture-perfect Mykonos with its whitewashed houses, be captivated by an orchestral performance at the Grand Theatre in Ephesus, or float down the canals of Venice in a gondola. For something more urban, there is the vibrant nightlife of bars and nightclubs in party capitals like Rhodes and Ibiza, or perhaps explore the contemporary art scene at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, or indulge yourself (and a loved one) on a shopping trip in Milan.
Choose to cruise to the Canary Islands and you have the perfect setting for winter sun! Not just in winter though, as it is a great destination for year-round sunshine. Beautiful ports await you in Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, or Lanzarote, to name just a few. Famed for white beaches, emerald pine woods, and sapphire waters, the Adriatic coast is also not to be missed. Connect with nature at Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia with its amazing turquoise lakes on terraces and pristine waterfalls, or Gargano National Park in Italy with its extraordinary sea beds and beautiful caves. Whether it is a tranquil haven you seek, or the revelry of open-air festivals, you will find yourself basking in the warmth of both sunny weather and Mediterranean hospitality.
All the sightseeing is bound to work up an appetite, and there’s no better place to be than this foodies’ paradise. Whether it is pizza in Pisa, tapas in Tenerife, linguine in liguria, or fresh seafood in Santorini, there is a whole range of gastronomic delights to enjoy. And let’s not forget the wine! Embark on a wine-tasting journey at a Lisbon market or Vineyard in Bordeaux. Coffee is also a serious matter in that part of the world, so when it’s time to rest your feet, there will be no shortage of vibrant cafes to choose from. The Mediterranean is the one place you really want to push the boat out, because…life is full of pasta-bilities!