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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.
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Arts and culture, surf and sand, cafe hopping and boutique shopping: Read why Western Med has it all.
Extraordinary Excursions: Western Mediterranean Extraordinary Excursions: Western Mediterranean
Beyond paintings and sculptures, the Western Med has plenty of natural beauty. Here are top excursions outside the museum.
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Here are our picks for the Western Med's must-see sights for culture vultures.

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83% Loved It
Popular Itinerary:
Barcelona -> Toulon -> Florence (Livorno) -> Rome (Civitavecchia) -> Naples -> Cruising -> Mykonos -> Istanbul -> Kusadasi -> Athens (Piraeus) -> Cruising -> Venice -> Venice
78% Loved It
Popular Itinerary:
Venice -> Cruising -> Dubrovnik -> Kotor -> Kefalonia -> Cruising -> Naples -> Rome (Civitavecchia) -> Florence (Livorno) -> Monaco -> Toulon -> Barcelona -> Barcelona
80% Loved It
Popular Itinerary:
Venice -> Cruising -> Katakolon (Olympia) -> Athens (Piraeus) -> Cruising -> Istanbul -> Istanbul -> Lesbos -> Kusadasi -> Santorini -> Argostoli -> Cruising -> Venice -> Venice
76% Loved It
Popular Itinerary:
Venice -> Cruising -> Kefalonia -> Katakolon (Olympia) -> Nafplio -> Athens (Piraeus) -> Athens (Piraeus) -> Mykonos -> Kusadasi -> Santorini -> Cruising -> Naples -> Rome (Civitavecchia)
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 Malta is akin to stepping through the pages of a J.R.R. ...
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 ...
Took my two young kids on their first cruise. I had done a Costa cruise in the summer and enjoyed it. Cabin was fine for three people and it was great to have a balcony. Unlike many other reviewers, I had no problem with uninterested staff: maybe ... Read more
Quick Spin Around The Med stillmoretosee
02/15
We had toured a week in Venice and a week in Florence. As Valentines Day was approaching we started exploring something different for the following week. Since we were already in Europe we wondered about a cruise. This cruise was the only one to fit ... Read more
A pleasant voyage Matt A. Low
02/15
This was our first time on the Oriana and, after reading some of the less positive reviews, we wondered if we'd made the right choice. Not to worry, at least where the condition of the ship was concerned: it was tastefully designed, spotless ... Read more
We embarked on our third cruise thinking that as we were travelling P&O everything would be A1 or even above. well, this review will attempt to be objective but that is sometimes difficult as I am sure you will appreciate. However, taking first ... Read more
When cruising with Costa Americans need to accept that they will be a minority on the ship. You will here many languages spoken, however the staff all have English as their common tongue. The embarkation in Savona was very smooth and well ... Read more
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
Barcelona is a fascinating city if you are interested in art, architecture or shopping. Just beware of the multiple scams that are out there - getting gunk on your outerwear in an effort for you to take it off (and perhaps have them help you clean ... Read more
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