Discover the Mediterranean’s Jewels: The Top Mediterranean Ports to Cruise to This Summer

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Embarking on a Mediterranean cruise offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore some of the world’s most picturesque ports, each brimming with rich history, stunning landscapes, and unique cultures. This summer, set your sights on an unforgettable journey that takes you through the heart of the Mediterranean. From the charming streets of Lisbon to the majestic walls of Dubrovnik, and from the awe-inspiring vistas of Santorini to the vibrant heartbeats of Barcelona and Marseille, your adventure awaits. Let’s embark on a voyage to discover the top Mediterranean ports to visit this summer.

Lisbon, Portugal: The Gateway to the Mediterranean

Lisbon, Portugal’s sun-kissed capital, is often referred to as the gateway to the Mediterranean. With its historic tramways winding through colourful neighbourhoods, Gothic cathedrals, and the majestic São Jorge Castle overlooking the city, Lisbon embodies the allure of old-world Europe blended with modern vibrancy. The Belem Tower and Jerónimos Monastery are UNESCO World Heritage sites that showcase the city’s rich maritime history. Take a leisurely stroll along the Tagus River before indulging in Portugal’s iconic custard tarts, Pastéis de Nata, at a local café.

Port of Lisbon - MSC Cruises
Credit: Port of Lisbon / MSC Cruises

Our Top Pick

The “No-Fly 2025 Treasures of the Mediterranean” cruise spans 33 nights, setting sail on May 5, 2025, from Tilbury, UK aboard Ambassador’s Ambience. It promises an enriching journey to Portugal, Greece, Egypt, Italy, and Morocco and name a few. This adventure caters to adults seeking a traditional British cruising experience, combining leisure with cultural exploration. The starting price for an Inside Cabin is available upon enquiry. This voyage is designed for those eager to discover the Mediterranean’s treasures without the need for air travel, offering a comprehensive exploration of some of the region’s most captivating destinations. Check it out?

Ambassador Ambience Cruise Ship
Credit: Ambassador Ambience Cruise Ship / Ambassador Cruise Line

Dubrovnik, Croatia: The Pearl of the Adriatic

Dubrovnik, known as the Pearl of the Adriatic, is a treasure trove of history set against the backdrop of the stunning Dalmatian coast. The ancient city walls, which have protected its cultured streets for centuries, offer panoramic views of the sparkling Adriatic Sea. Within these walls, the limestone streets of the Old Town are alive with the spirit of the past, boasting splendid Renaissance architecture, such as the Sponza Palace and the Rector’s Palace. A walk along the Stradun offers an immersive experience into the city’s vibrant life.

Cruising Dubrovnik - My Croatia Cruise
Credit: Cruising Dubrovnik / My Croatia Cruise

Our Top Pick

The “Best of Italy & Croatia” cruise is an 11-night voyage starting on June 14, 2024, aboard Celebrity Constellation, departing from Ravenna, Italy. It features visits to iconic Mediterranean destinations, including Zadar, Dubrovnik, and Split in Croatia; Kotor in Montenegro; and Messina, Naples, and Rome in Italy. Prices for an Inside Cabin start from £1,752 per person. This journey offers a mix of historical sites, breathtaking landscapes, and rich cultural experiences, making it an ideal choice for those looking to explore the Mediterranean’s charm. For more details, you can visit ROL Cruises.

Celebrity Constellation - Celebrity Cruises
Credit: Celebrity Constellation / Celebrity Cruises

Santorini, Greece: A Cycladic Gem

Santorini, with its iconic whitewashed buildings and blue-domed churches, is a postcard-perfect representation of the Greek Cyclades. Perched atop dramatic cliffs, the towns of Fira and Oia offer breathtaking views of the submerged caldera and azure Aegean Sea. Exploring the island’s volcanic beaches, ancient ruins, and sampling the exquisite local wines provides a glimpse into the island’s rich geological and cultural tapestry. Santorini’s sunsets are legendary, casting a golden hue over the island and creating a truly magical atmosphere.

Santorini by Night - Celebrity Cruises
Credit: Santorini by Night / Celebrity Cruises

Our Top Pick

The “2025 No-Fly Greek Isles & Spain” cruise aboard Queen Anne, Cunard’s newest ship, departing on September 7, 2025, offers an incredible 19-night voyage from Southampton. It explores destinations including Seville (from Cadiz), Heraklion, Kusadasi, Piraeus (Athens), Santorini, and Granada (from Malaga), before returning to Southampton. The starting price for an inside cabin is from £2,299 per person. This cruise provides a mix of historical exploration and scenic beauty, perfect for those looking to immerse themselves in the Mediterranean and Greek Isles without the need to fly. For more details, visit ROL Cruise.

Queen Anne Sea Trials - Cunard Line
Credit: Queen Anne Sea Trials / Cunard Line

Barcelona, Spain: A Tapestry of Culture and Art

Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Catalonia, is a vibrant city where modernist architecture meets medieval history. The architectural marvels of Antoni Gaudí, including the Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, offer a fantastical escape into a world of imaginative design. The Gothic Quarter, with its narrow medieval lanes, is perfect for exploring on foot, leading to hidden squares and tapas bars. Barcelona’s beaches offer a relaxing respite from the bustling city, making it an ideal Mediterranean destination.

Sunny Barcelona - EasyJet
Credit: Sunny Barcelona / EasyJet

Our Top Pick

The “2024 No-Fly Western Mediterranean” cruise, setting sail on May 12, 2024, for 14 nights aboard P&O Arvia, begins and ends in Southampton, visiting La Coruna, Valencia, Marseille, Barcelona, Alicante, and Cadiz. It offers a varied experience of Spain’s vibrant culture and scenic beauty, alongside French and Mediterranean charm. The starting price for an inside cabin is £1,599 per person. For a deeper dive into this voyage’s details, please visit ROL Cruise.

P&O Arvia in the Caribbean - Sail Away Magazine
Credit: P&O Arvia in the Caribbean / Sail Away Magazine

Marseille, France: A Melting Pot of Cultures

Marseille, France’s oldest city, is a dynamic port that has been a crossroads of immigration and trade for centuries. The city’s heart is the vibrant Vieux Port, where fishing boats and yachts share the waters, and seafood restaurants line the quays. A visit to the Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde offers stunning city views. The multicultural fabric of Marseille is woven into its markets, cuisine, and neighbourhoods, making it a richly diverse experience for any traveller.

Cruising to Marseille - P&O Cruises
Credit: Cruising to Marseille / P&O Cruises

Our Top Pick

The “2024 No-Fly Mediterranean Explorer” cruise aboard Sky Princess sets sail on September 1, 2024, for a 14-night journey from Southampton. The voyage covers scenic and historic ports like Vigo, Seville (Cadiz), Malaga, Corsica (Ajaccio), Marseille (Provence), Gibraltar, and Lisbon, offering a rich blend of culture and natural beauty. Prices start from £1,599 per person for an inside cabin. For a detailed exploration and what’s included, check the ROL Cruise website.

Sky Princess - Princess Cruises
Credit: Sky Princess / Princess Cruises

Why Book Your Cruise Through ROL Cruise?

Choosing the right cruise can be daunting, but ROL Cruise makes it a breeze. As experts in curating exceptional cruise experiences, ROL Cruise offers a personal touch, ensuring your Mediterranean adventure is nothing short of spectacular. With access to exclusive deals, a vast array of cruise options, and unparalleled customer service, ROL Cruise takes the hassle out of planning your summer voyage. Whether you’re dreaming of wandering through the historic lanes of Lisbon or watching the sunset in Santorini, booking through ROL Cruise guarantees a journey tailored to your desires. Embark on your Mediterranean exploration with confidence and style, knowing that every detail of your adventure has been meticulously crafted for your enjoyment.

This summer, let the Mediterranean enchant you with its stunning landscapes, rich histories, and vibrant cultures. From Lisbon to Marseille, each port offers a unique gateway into the soul of the Mediterranean. With ROL Cruise, your journey through these mesmerising destinations will be as unforgettable as the places themselves. Don’t just dream about the Mediterranean—experience it with ROL Cruise.

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