The top reasons to choose a Mediterranean cruise

Aimee Spicer ( 24 July 2017 )

Interested in a Mediterranean cruise? We’ve put together some suggestions to help you make the right choice.



Ancient Romans believed that the Mediterranean Sea was the literal centre of the world. You see, its name comes from the Latin words medius (meaning ‘middle’) and terra (meaning ‘land’).

While it may not be like the ‘Middle Earth’ found in the novels of JRR Tolkien, you can still enjoy a fantastic time if you opt to take a cruise around this sea. 

With countries and cities that were hugely influential in the development of Western civilisation on the sea’s borders, history and wonder will be all around you on your tour.

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Why choose a Mediterranean cruise?

Picking a cruise holiday with Saga is a truly excellent way to see a wealth of different destinations, while meeting new people. 

Our Holiday Creators choose destinations to ensure that our travel guests will see the essentials in each port. However, there’s also plenty of scope for being independent if you feel like doing your own thing.

If you’re concerned about travelling by yourself, you’ll quickly find that our holidays are tailor made to accommodate all guests, including those who are going solo. 

That means a friendly and helpful welcome, plus a little assistance in encouraging new friendships during your trip. Read more about this in our Solo Traveller Collection guide.

By day you can see some of the finest attractions on offer in southern Europe and North Africa. Then by night, there is on-board entertainment and socialising to make for a truly remarkable trip. 

You just need to pick what places you want to see the most!

Mediterranean destinations to consider

The Mediterranean is adorned with riches from head to toe, which makes choosing a cruise itinerary quite difficult. 

Pick a trip that suits your personal interests, whether they include exploring scenery like Italy’s stunning Amalfi Coast, or learning histories such as the cultural connections between Morocco and Spain.

We’ve put together some suggestions to help you make the right choice. Put a couple of hours aside with a cuppa and make some notes on what ports you’d like to call into.

See stunning natural scenery

Most holidays wouldn’t be complete without ample sunlight set against a beautiful backdrop, and a cruise around the Med delivers this with ease. 

No matter which route you’re on, there’s so much picturesque scenery that you’ll be spoiled for choice daily!

Portugal’s Algarve offers sun-bleached white beaches and turquoise waters that are postcard-perfect.  

Meanwhile, Montenegro’s Bay of Kotor sits amid mountainous terrain known as ‘the southern fjords of Europe’. While not technically fjords, the landscapes are breath-taking nonetheless.

Finally, don’t let the party reputation of places like Kávos put you off – the isles around Greece are wonderful places to visit. One of the greenest Greek Islands, Corfu’s hilly landscape is peppered with olive groves and sleepy towns to explore.

Discover ancient architecture

Want to learn more about the historic cultures that ruled Europe in times gone by, from the Greeks and Romans to the Byzantines? If so, a trip around the Mediterranean is a must.

Málaga, Cádiz and Almeria all have stunning Moorish architecture that points to Spain’s past under Moorish rule. 

Moving along the coast to Croatia, Dubrovnik’s medieval fortress is so striking that it has provided a filming site for two different locations in the fantasy television series Game of Thrones.

If your ship docks at Italian locations such as Catania or Naples, you will find Greek, Roman and Renaissance architecture to explore. 

Of course, Greek ruins are also easy to find in places such as the island of Mykonos, and you can take a day trip to see the Acropolis of Athens if you visit via Piraeus.

Tour iconic locations

Everyone has a wish list of world-famous cities they want to see, and there is no shortage of locations dotted around the coastline of the Mediterranean. Do you dream of seeing one of these places?

  • Barcelona – boasting a wealth of Gaudi architecture, Barcelona was also voted the best beach city in the world by National Geographic magazine in 2011.
  • Monaco – a playground for the rich and famous, Monaco has grand hotels, opulent palaces and delightful fountain parks.
  • Gibraltar – with a military fortress sitting on the world-famous Rock at the mouth of the Mediterranean, Gibraltar is a particularly unique destination not to be missed.
  • Venice – this former Renaissance city-state, with its many canals, islands and gondolas, is a place unlike any other.
  • Pisa – another maritime republic that rose after the fall of the Holy Roman Empire, Pisa contains the world-famous leaning tower, and a whole host of stunning churches and palaces.

Make positive changes

One of the best things about a cruise holiday is the opportunity to meet new people and see an incredible range of exciting places together. 

It’s a real milestone for many travellers, and sharing such experiences helps to define new friendships.

Many mature travellers on Saga holidays are entering new chapters in their lives, so there’s nothing like a memorable break to make the most of new beginnings, as recommended by our guest blogger Margaret Manning.

Take the first step towards an enjoyable and life-changing holiday by looking at the many amazing itineraries available on Saga's Mediterranean cruises.

 If required, return flights and transfers are included in the price of your holiday and you can benefit from luxury ships with excellent on-board facilities.

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