Best Mediterranean Cruises for 2023

Best Mediterranean Cruises for 2023

Keen to see a much as Europe as possible in one trip? Whether you are keen to see the Greek Islands, discover ancient ruins in Turkey, explore vibrant cities like Barcelona or just relax and unwind, booking a cruise can help you to see as many destinations as possible.

If the idea of exploring more of Europe appeals to you, you really should consider a cruise. Cruises have long been considered a luxury experience for travellers with big budgets, but now there are lots of options and itineraries which have made cruising the Med affordable. 

Check out our guide to the most highly rated Mediterranean cruises with information, top tips and recommendations for the best companies and itineraries.


Where do Mediterranean Cruises Go?

Most Mediterranean cruises visit France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Croatia, Turkey, Cypress, and Bulgaria. There are departures from the UK and other European destinations. Durations and itineraries vary depending on the operator and time of the year.


What are the Best Months to Cruise the Mediterranean?

The best time to take a Mediterranean cruise really depends on what type of experience you are looking for. June, July and August are the most popular months due to the warm weather, but this is also the most busy and expensive. Spring (May-June) or autumn (September-October) are still warm months with cheaper prices and fewer crowds.


What is the Average Cost of a Mediterranean Cruise?

6-9 day cruises generally cost around £299-£999, and 14-21 day itineraries cost around £500-£1500. Prices can vary depending on the operator, itinerary, cabin you choose and the time of year you book/depart. To get the best deals book well in advance, or last minute and avoid the peak summer period.


What are the Best Cruise Lines Operating in the Mediterranean?

These are the top rated operators offering to consider cruising the Mediterranean with:

  • Costa Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean International
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Seabourn Cruise Line
  • Crystal Cruises
  • Viking Ocean Cruises
  • Azamara Club Cruises
  • Oceania Cruises
  • Silversea Cruises
  • Princess Cruises
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • MSC Cruises
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Holland America Line


Mediterranean Cruises With Costa Cruises

Designed for people of all ages and tastes, Costa Cruises offer a wide range of cruises all-year round, which is suitable for avid travellers, partygoers and families. 

Costa Cruises are great value and there are so many amazing itineraries to choose from which makes them our top rated company to travel with. 

These are some of the most popular Mediterranean trips Costa Cruises are currently offering:


3D2N – Mediterranean from Barcelona

Departing soon, this short cruise is suitable for people who need to get away for a few days to recharge themselves. Get on board the magnificent Costa Magica and spend 3D2N sailing through the open seas. With a stoppage at Marseilles and Savona, there are also plenty of things to do on the shores. It will cost you only £99.


5D4N – Mediterranean from Genoa

If you have a couple more days to spare and happen to be planning to board on from Italy, the Mediterranean cruise from Genoa on-board of Costa Pacifica would be perfect. Departing from Genoa, it has two stoppages – one in Barcelona and another in Marseilles. This short, but exciting cruise is scheduled for March 23rd and would cost £312 per person.


8D7N – Mediterranean from Barcelona

For people with a week on their hand to cruise in the Mediterranean, wait a few days more and board on the Costa Smeralda. Departing from Barcelona on 13th January, the luxurious ship would sail you through some of the greatest cities in Italy – Palma, Rome. La Spezia, and Savona before stopping at the port of Marseilles on its way back. The trip costs £649 per person.


8D7N – Mediterranean from Venice

If you want something different for your cruise Itineraries and have about a week in hand, the Mediterranean cruise departing from Venice is the best for you. It has an unusual, yet vastly enchanting itinerary that includes cities like Bari, Corfu, Athens, Kotor, and Dubrovnik. Your sip would be the artistic Costa Deliziosa, a perfect complement to the historically significant cities that you would be visiting. The cruise costs £829 per person.


11D10N – Mediterranean from Venice

Costing £649 per person, this is so far the most balanced cruise on our list. It has a relatively long itinerary, yet costs less than the shorter cruise mentioned above. By boarding on the Costa Victoria departing from Venice on 31st March next year, you would be able to explore the enchanting Bari, Argostoli/ Kefalonia, Athens, Santorini, Rhodes, and Crete. The ship is also filled with many luxurious facilities to make your cruise a long-lasting, happy memory.


Have you ever been on a cruise to the Med? Got any recommendations? Let us know in the comments sections below.