Within easy reach and with a dazzling choice of cruise destinations, the Mediterranean has quite rightly long been a popular choice. Enjoying balmy temperatures all year round, this is also a great region to cruise at any time of the year. From the ports of Barcelona, Monaco or Palma in the west right across to Istanbul and Turkey in the east via the iconic ports of Italy, Greece and its myriad of islands this region offers an incredible choice of varied and culturally intense cruise experiences. For those looking to venture a little further south towards the equator, the Canary Islands are an ideal choice to enjoy great weather and dramatic scenery at any time of year.
The Eastern Mediterranean is a popular cruise destination for many and it’s easy to see why. Mesmerising ports of call such as Athens, Venice, Santorini and Kotor beckon, each offering their own unique sights and experiences. Explore the old medieval towns of Dubrovnik and Kotor, enjoy panoramic ocean views across the caldera of Santorini and be amazed by the winding waterways of Venice. These glorious cities combined with some of the best weather in the mediterranean makes for a truly great cruise holiday.
What you’ll love about an Eastern Mediterranean cruise is the variety of cultures you’ll experience, with each port of call so different to the next. In Venice you’ll discover an important cultural centre which is highly regarded for its history of painters, poets, musicians and operatic performances and in Athens and Rome you’ll find an abundance of UNESCO World Heritage sites which serve as a remarkable reminder to how our ancient ancestors once lived.
If you’re a foodie, then you’re in for a treat as an Eastern Mediterranean cruise will enable to you to savour traditional Italian cuisine, mouthwatering Turkish dishes blended with aromatic herbs and spices and authentic Greek foods such as fresh salads, olives, oils, seafood and cured meats that epitomise the Mediterranean diet.
A wide choice of cruise lines such as MSC Cruises, Princess Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean have itineraries for the Eastern Mediterranean and here at WOW Cruise we can help you find the right cruise line for you. Take a look at our latest offers below and get in touch on 0800 888 6787 if you have any questions.
The Western Mediterranean has so much to offer as a cruise destination; cosmopolitan cities, rich culture, relaxing beaches and a vibrant nightlife - all juxtaposed against a captivating tapestry of history. What makes a cruise here even more appealing is that on a typical seven day sailing you’re likely to wake up in an entirely new destination every day - but without the hassle of having to repack or catch a plane!
A typical cruise is packed with famous attractions such as the Colosseum and Vatican in Rome, Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell in Barcelona and the Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Basilica in Venice, giving you the chance to tick these magnificent sights off your travel wishlist.
Be sure to pack some loose clothing because with so much incredible food on offer your appetite will be insatiable. From traditional Catalan tapas and paella in Barcelona to authentic antipasto, fresh handmade pizza and delicious gelato in Italy - your tastebuds are in for a treat. Once your appetite is sated, it’s time to find a bar and you certainly won’t have trouble discovering a hip and atmospheric haunt in any of the destinations along a western mediterranean itinerary. Top Tip: Don’t miss the opportunity to indulge in an aperitivo or two, especially when in Rome as this city is renowned for its selection of aperitifs.
Here at WOWCruise we have a wide choice of Western Mediterranean itineraries with several different cruise lines including Princess, MSC, Royal Caribbean and Costa Cruises, so we can help you discover a holiday which is perfect for you. Take a look at our offers below or get in touch with any questions you have on 0800 888 6787.
A Spanish archipelago located off the northwest coast of Africa, the Canary Islands offer year-round sun, and as a destination it’s become a popular choice for no-fly cruises departing out of Southampton.
The Canary Islands are packed with spectacular natural parks and biosphere reserves offering excellent hiking and opportunities for adventure via camel rides, horse riding and mountain biking. The landscapes here can be dramatically different ranging from the volcanic craters and mountains in Lanzarote to the prehistoric forests of La Palma.
There are picturesque old towns with colonial, late-gothic and renaissance architecture. Small coastal villages offering peaceful cafes where you can simply sit and watch the world go by and miles upon miles of gorgeous beaches with sand ranging from dramatic black and red to beautiful golden hues.
A cruise holiday to the Canaries is a fantastic way to experience many of these incredible islands in one holiday and many visitors fall in love with the way of life and landscapes here, so much so that many choose to return year after year to visit this treasured destination by cruise to explore different sights each time and bring back new travel memories.
Here at WOWCruise we have a wide choice of cruise deals available for the Canary Islands with Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, P&O and more. Take a look at our offers below or get in touch with any questions you have on 0800 888 6787.
Located between Eastern Europe, the Caucuses and Western Asia, supplied by a number of major rivers including the Danube and the Don and accessed from the Mediterranean via the narrow Dardanelle straits, the Black Sea is an increasingly popular cruise destination.
The sea borders with no fewer than 6 countries including Russia, Bulgaria and Turkey and there are many theories about how the sea got its name. Some suggest that the name dates back to ancient Greece when it was referred to as the ‘inhospitable sea’ whilst others believe that it got its name because of its deep black waters and winter fogs which accentuated the darkness.
Quieter than its more famous neighbour, the Mediterranean, the Black Sea in many ways is still waiting to be discovered. Political tension has led to cruise lines altering some of their itineraries through the region, with vibrant ports in Turkey, Romania, Georgia and Bulgaria replacing the more volatile destinations of Odessa and Yalta.
For great advice on how to get the most out of a Black Sea cruise, come and talk to our fabulous team here at WOWCruise. We offer a wide choice of cruise itineraries taking in a wide range of Black Sea ports. Take a look at our offers below or get in touch on 0800 888 6787 if you have an idea in mind you’d like us to quote for.