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Cruises to the Western Mediterranean

The Western Mediterranean is one of the most diverse cruise regions. Spanning two continents (Europe and Africa), the region includes the artistic meccas of Italy, France and Spain and Arabic culture in Morocco and Tunisia. The itinerary is ideal for art and history lovers who also wish to explore the region's landmarks, beaches, cafes and boutique shops. Don't miss highlights such as Barcelona's Las Ramblas, a day trip to Capri from Naples or Sorrento, or an excursion to the wine-making villages of the French countryside.
Western Mediterranean Cruise Basics Western Mediterranean Cruise Basics
Arts and culture, surf and sand, cafe hopping and boutique shopping: Read why Western Med has it all.
Best Western Mediterranean Shore Excursions Best Western Mediterranean Shore Excursions
Beyond paintings and sculptures, the Western Med has plenty of natural beauty. Here are top excursions outside the museum.
Top 10 Cultural Attractions Top 10 Cultural Attractions
Here are our picks for the Western Med's must-see sights for culture vultures.

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82% Loved It
Popular Itinerary:
Barcelona -> Cruising -> Naples -> Rome (Civitavecchia) -> La Spezia (Cinque Terre) -> Villefranche -> Cruising -> Barcelona
81% Loved It
Popular Itinerary:
Venice -> Cruising -> Dubrovnik -> Kotor -> Kefalonia -> Cruising -> Naples -> Rome (Civitavecchia) -> Florence (Livorno) -> Monaco -> Toulon -> Barcelona -> Barcelona
76% Loved It
Popular Itinerary:
Venice -> Cruising -> Kefalonia -> Katakolon (Olympia) -> Nafplio -> Athens (Piraeus) -> Athens (Piraeus) -> Mykonos -> Kusadasi -> Santorini -> Cruising -> Naples -> Rome (Civitavecchia)
84% Loved It
Popular Itinerary:
Barcelona -> Toulon -> Florence (Livorno) -> Rome (Civitavecchia) -> Naples -> Cruising -> Mykonos -> Istanbul -> Kusadasi -> Athens (Piraeus) -> Cruising -> Venice -> Venice
Barcelona
Since hosting the Summer Olympics in 1992, Barcelona has gained ...
Cannes
Poor Cannes, so underappreciated. Gertrude Stein once said of ...
Capri
Capri, a mountainous island just three miles off the coast of Italy's ...
Corsica (Ajaccio)
No doubt about it: Ajaccio is my kind of cruise port -- easily ...
Elba
Everyone who gets sent to exile should be as lucky as France's ...
Florence (Livorno)
On any Western Mediterranean itinerary, Florence is an absolute ...
Fuerteventura
The island of Fuerteventura is the second largest of Spain's Canary ...
Genoa
Sometimes, cities are lucky enough to reinvent themselves. Genoa, ...
Gibraltar
Gibraltar may well be a British Crown Colony but geographically it's ...
Ibiza
Ibiza owns a reputation as a boisterous party town where hit the ...
Madeira (Funchal)
In the early 1400's, Prince Henry the Navigator of Portugal sent his ...
Malta (Valletta)
Sailing into Valletta, Malta, is akin to stepping into the pages of a ...
Marseille
Marseille, the gateway to Provence, is the second largest city and ...
Monaco
Arriving by ship into the Monte Carlo harbor is an amazing ...
Naples
You know instantly when you're docked in Naples. First of all, where ...
Nice
Nice is the biggest city on France's glorious Cote D'Azur and the ...
Palermo
Palermo is a city of contrasts and most people either like it or hate ...
Palma de Mallorca
Palma de Mallorca, a major port city on the island of Mallorca and ...
Portofino
Portofino is so quintessentially Italian, so synonymous with the ...
Rome (Civitavecchia)
The capital city in the land of Leonardo, Michelangelo and the popes ...
Saint-Tropez
Saint-Tropez conjures up images of the good life, beautiful people, ...
Sardinia
With its rugged landscape of limestone and granite ranges and oak ...
Sete
If you had never been to the Mediterranean coast, and had to create ...
Seville (Cadiz)
Seville, capital of Andalucia, lies on the mighty Guadalquivir -- one ...
Sorrento
It's almost a pity that most cruise passengers use Sorrento as a mere ...
Taormina (Messina)
The French philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville called Sicily "the land ...
Villefranche
Lovely, much more laid back than other -- splashier -- Cote d'Azur ...
We'd previously been on cruises with Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Holland America so we're not brand loyal and we'd like to think we've experienced a wide variety of ships, styles and quality. We take overly positive and overly negative reviews ... Read more
I have been on several cruises in the past ,not always NCL, and a couple and I had made reservations on the Epic for a Western Mediterranean 7 day Cruise in November of 2014 through Norwegian themselves. Come February, we were changed from the ... Read more
MSC Yacht Club chiefy134
07/15
This was our first cruise with MSC having travelled quite a few times with both RCL and NCL, and our first without children. We were fortunate enough to stay in the MSC Yacht Club area of the ship, and cannot recommend it highly enough. The cabin ... Read more
After traveling onboard the Island Escape ship in 2014, I had a good understanding of what made a good cruise. I can tell you right off the bat; the Thomson Majesty excels on every level. We embarked the ship on the 17th of July 2015 to do the ... Read more
1st time with Thomson Cocteauquinn68
07/15
Just back from our first cruise with Thomson on the Majesty. My wife and I travelled with our 18 year old son and his girlfriend. We flew from Glasgow to Corfu where we boarded the ship. We were in an inside cabin on deck 6. Our ports were Porto ... Read more
Rules Not Enforced Manifestjoy
07/15
The Freestyle experience is disappointing. We were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary and decided on the Western Mediterranean cruise. The itinerary was great. But the ship experience was overwhelming at times. During our at sea times, the ... Read more
My wife, daughter and I embarked on this western med cruise out of Barcelona and over all we had a fantastic time. There were some things that we really didn't like about the ship though and hopefully this information can help you decide if this ... Read more
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