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A Basic Guide to Western Mediterranean Cruise Vacation

Explore the best Western Mediterranean cruise vacation guide and get inspired to cruise with your family or friends.

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From the wine country in South of France and the Colosseum and other Roman ruins of Rome to the cobbled streets of Cadiz and the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, Western Mediterranean cruises take you to some of the most iconic and enchanting destinations in Europe. Most Western Mediterranean cruise itineraries are quite diverse so it is best to select one that enables you to visit the wonders on your bucket list.

Best Things to Do on Western Mediterranean Cruise

There are numerous things to do when you go on a Western Mediterranean cruise. Exploring history and culture will top the list followed by soaking up the sun at the pristine beaches. Imagine being able to check out the Roman Forum, Colosseum, Sistine Chapel, and Michelangelo’s David while you are in Rome. In the Tuscan countryside, you can get awed by the stunning architecture, the natural beauty of Cinque Terre, magnificent castles and soaring cathedrals.

Be sure to taste the paella while you are in Barcelona besides getting mesmerized by La Sagrada Familia, a masterpiece by Gaudi and still under construction even though the building started 135 years ago. In the old quarter of Barcelona, it will be a pleasure to navigate the labyrinthine alleys and streets. Be sure to walk along Las Ramblas promenade to check out art nouveau and modern architecture. It is rather fascinating.

The cathedral in Palma is spellbinding and located on the water. It is made from sandstone, setting it apart from other limestone cathedrals of Europe. The stained glass is simply amazing. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes to navigate the city.

If you are lucky, your Western Mediterranean cruise ship will call at Ajaccio, where you stroll leisurely and check out the birthplace of Napoleon. Genoa is another port city with a beautiful cruise terminal. You can check out the street lined with palazzos or take a day trip to Portofino.

Best Places to Visit on Western Mediterranean Cruise

Barcelona is one of the most popular port cities in European and many Western Mediterranean cruises begin from here. You will also love the tiny independent state of Monaco, which is along the coast of France. It is the playground of the rich and the famous and hence, it is home to upscale stores, the palace of Prince Albert 11 and casinos. You can explore the state apartments of the palace between April and October.

Rome is best explored with the Rome City Pass that will enable you to see all the major attractions in the city within a day. In case you do not visit the Colosseum and the Vatican, the price of the day pass is reduced.

Sorrento is another place that you should visit for spectacular vistas and golden yellow lemons. Lying just above the Gulf of Naples, this place lets you click postcard-perfect pictures to upload on Instagram. Most sites can be visited on foot and you will love the narrow cobblestone streets and alleys. Be sure to spend time at Villa Comunale, which is a public park and offers stunning views. You will be able to see Capri, Mount Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples.

The Best Time to Cruise the Western Mediterranean

One of the best parts of Western Mediterranean cruises is that they are available throughout the year. Whether you want to visit in summer or winter, it is possible as the weather is always conducive.

The peak period is from June to August, when the temperature is in the mid-20s, making it perfect for a day on the beach, outdoor activities or using the cruise ship’s pool. At the beginning and end of the year, temperatures can drop, but the weather is salubrious for outdoor excursions, making it a perfect time to enjoy a Western Mediterranean cruise. Also, during this time, crowds are thin and you will be able to visit fascinating Christmas markets.


Western Mediterranean cruises have so much to offer discerning travelers. So, go ahead and book your cruise today and explore the history, natural beauty, architecture, and culture of this amazing region.

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