There are many Mediterranean Cruise Lines offering cruises that vary in length from 7 days+.
Visiting the most popular ports in the Mediterranean and Adriatic, several offer departures from the UK to the Western Mediterranean.
If spending your holiday on a huge ship in the company of thousands of other passengers does not appeal, try cruising the Mediterranean onboard your own skippered yacht with companies such as Med Sailing Holidays.
Here is a selection of the cruise lines operating in the Mediterranean this year, if we have missed any let us know.
Carnival Cruise Line
Their ships based in the Mediterranean include the Carnival Sunshine and Carnival Legend.
Check out the Carnival cruise ships and their on board webcams.
Celestyal Cruises was founded in the early 70s as Louis Cruises, today Celestial Cruises sail to the Greek Islands and Turkey using a fleet of five ships out of Athens and Limassol.
Celebrity have several ships in the Mediterranean, including Celebrity Constellation, Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Reflection and Celebrity Silhouette.
Costa has the largest fleet of ships based in the Mediterranean which range in capacity from 1,600 to 3,800 passengers, this gives the cruise line flexibility to visit some of the smaller ports.
You can check out the latest locations of the Costa fleet and the views from the ships webcams.
With Cunard you have the chance to cruise in luxury aboard the three legendary vessels – Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria. Although they have a very prestigious heritage the three vessels are some of the newest ships afloat.
Check out the latest views from the webcams on board the Cunard Ships.
Experience the magic of Europe’s legendary destinations.
Take a magical cruise around the sun-soaked Mediterranean, and explore Europe’s legendary destinations aboard the Disney Magic.
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Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines started in Norway in 1848 with wooden schooners used for shipping goods, passenger services being introduced in 1901.
Today Fred. Olsen operates four smaller cruise ships, maximum capacity being 1300, this gives them a very special friendly feel and allows the ships to visit some of the ports that the larger ships can not get in to.
The majority of Fred Olsen cruises start in the UK.
Holland America Line
For over 139 years, Holland America has been taking passengers to exotic destinations around the world. Today they operate 15 cruise ships located across the globe.
Holland America ships are all beautifully decorated, operate in a classic cruising manner with formal sittings for dinner, afternoon teas being served but with modern touches.
MSC Cruises is a leader in the Mediterranean cruise market with sailings throughout the year on board its eleven cruise ships, embarking from nearly twenty Mediterranean ports.
Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL)
Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is the often referred to as the innovator in cruise travel with a 44-year history of breaking the boundaries of traditional cruising, with the introduction of Freestyle Cruising which has allowed guests more freedom and flexibility.
NCL currently operates 11 ships, however their newest ship, Norwegian Breakaway was floated out in March 2013. Five ships will be based in the Mediterranean this year, sailing from Barcelona, Malaga, Rome (Civitavecchia) and Venice.
P&O Cruises celebrated 180 years of operation in 2017 and can trace its roots back to the Peninsular Steam Navigation company formed in 1837. They have changed over the years and now offer a modern holiday experience tailored to the UK market whilst retaining the traditional elements such as Black Tie nights.
Most of the P&O Cruises sail from Southampton, UK with most of the Mediterranean cruises lasting for at least 12 days.
Princess Cruises is the third largest cruise operator in the world, with a fleet of sixteen modern vessels.
In the Mediterranean, Princess Cruises offers both 7 and 12 day cruises visiting the most popular ports and some off the beaten path. Departure points include Athens, Barcelona, Rome and Venice. They are also offering 14 day cruises departing from the UK to the Western Mediterranean.
Pullmantur Cruises are a Spanish cruise line with extensive travel industry experience for a quarter of a century. Their fleet of five ships includes a mixture of ships formerly owned by Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises.
Royal Caribbean have several cruise ships covering the Mediterranean including Mariner of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas and the Legend of the Seas.
Saga Cruises offers a classic cruising experience aboard the contemporary Saga Sapphire or the intimate informal Saga Pearl II.
Cruises with Saga offer fine dining, first class entertainment in elegant traditional surroundings with afternoon tea being served each day by friendly staff.
The majority of Saga’s cruise start in the UK at either Dover or Southampton.
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Marella Cruises (formerly Thomson Cruises) cater mainly to the UK cruiser, with seven ships in the fleet, delivering a high quality of service with top class cuisine and entertainment. Most cruises are for seven nights but a large number of people will stay on board for a second week which offers a different itinerary.
The fleet that will be sailing the Mediterranean/Adriatic includes: Marella Discovery and Discovery 2, Marella Dream, Spirit, Marella Celebration and Thomson Majesty. From Summer 2018 the fleet will also include Marella Explorer.
A privately owned boutique sailing company, focusing on providing you with the sailing holiday of your dreams. Calling at some of the finest ports and marinas in the Mediterranean these trips enable you to truly experience the local culture, cuisine and nightlife.
Setting off at a leisurely pace while taking in the spectacular coastline, you will stop off along the way for lunch and a swim in some of the most tranquil beaches and bays in the world.
You don’t need to know how to sail, your onboard skipper will take care of everything. You can ‘learn the ropes’ as you cruise.
Sailing two main areas in the Mediterranean: Croatia and the Greek Islands.