Mediterranean Cruise – Top Ports

A Mediterranean Cruise brings about images of crumbling houses with flower filled balconies, great historical sights and lots of different languages to cope with; cruising here has some truly great and varied ports of call.  All the major cruise companies bring their ships to the Mediterranean, some all year round others for the summer season from April until October, all have something different to offer.

There are large family friendly super hotels with Formula one simulators, rock climbing walls and lots of activities and then there are the smaller ships that cater for those searching for a little peace and relaxation.   These cruises last anything between 7 and 14 nights with very few sea days as the ports of call are relatively close together.  So if you are looking at packing in as many ports as possible this is a great place to cruise.

Itineraries to the Eastern Med visit ports such as Rome from Civitavecchia (pronounced chiv-it-a-vekeya), Naples, Santorini, Kusadasi, Piraeus (Athens), Corfu, Dubrovnik and Venice.  The Western Med visits Malaga, Civitavecchia, Aiaccio (Corsica) Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona, Nice and Marseille and some of the others take in such ports as Gibraltar, Tunisia, Mata, Bulgaria and the Ukraine.  With all these places on offer, which do you choose, here’s a brief guide as to the main ports and their attractions:

  • Livorno.  The attraction of this port is not Livorno itself but Florence and Pisa situated some distance away. Visit the leaning tower of Pisa, the magnificent Duomo in the centre of Florence and the Galleria Della Accademia di Belle Arti, home of Michelangelo’s David.
  • Naples.  This is an area filled with history.  Take a visit Pompeii and Herculaneum and even hike to the top of Mt. Vesuvius.
  • Dubrovnik.  Second only to the experience of cruising into the centre of Venice, sailing into the 12th century walled city with its pretty harbour is a wonderful experience.  Wander the streets with up to the towering ramparts and relax in the tree lined avenues.
  • Villefranche. There are so many possibilities here; the town itself is extremely beautiful with narrow streets and very typically French.  Take the train that runs along the coast to Nice, Cannes and the playground of the rich and famous, Monaco.
  • Ajaccio.  Birthplace of Napoleon the Corsican port is nicknamed the ‘Scented Isle’ due to the sweet smelling vegetation on the mountainside.
  • Barcelona.  Take one of the open top bus tours of the city getting off at all of the major attractions of the city such as the Sagrada Familia, the New Port, La Pedrera; Gaudi’s last design for a civic building or simply wander up and Las Ramblas to the waterfront.
  • Malaga.  Take a horse drawn carriage along the promenade or travel further a field to the beautiful city of Granada and the Alhambra palace.

In many cases one day is simply not enough to explore what these wonderful ports have to offer, it does however give you the opportunity to dip in and see if you would like to return again, this time maybe for longer.

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