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Mediterranean cruise areas

Which part of the Mediterranean would you like to cruise to? A guide to the Mediterranean cruise areas and regions you can visit.

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Villefranche Cruise Port Info

A cruise day in Villefranche, what to visit and must sees on a cruise stop in Villefranche-sur-mer.

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Mediterranean Private Charter Boats

Private Charters can help you explore the Mediterranean at your own pace and in your own way. Read more info.

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Palermo Port Day Trips

These Palermo port day trips allow you to explore around the Sicilian port of Palermo on your Mediterranean cruise.

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Naples Port Day Trips

A guide to Naples Port Day Trips cruise stop, how to get the most out of your cruise stop at Naples port.

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European and Mediterranean Cruises - Complete Info from med-cruise-guide.com

Find the best European and Mediterranean Cruises and learn how to plan your dream cruise trip.

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Mini Cruises of the Mediterranean

Mediterranean Mini Cruises can be a great way to see some of the most beautiful parts of the world.

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Mediterranean cruise ports

A guide to the Mediterranean cruise ports you'll enjoy on your dream vacation..

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Mediterranean Cruise Lines, Cruises on the Mediterranean

A guide to the Mediterranean cruise lines that sail the exciting Mediterranean Sea.

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Family cruises

A guide to family cruises in the Mediterranean. Cruising with kids has never been more fun.

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Cruise Ports in Spain

Cruise Ports in Spain, ports of call from the Atlantic Ocean and Cadiz to the Mediterranean Sea port Barcelona

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Cruise Ports in Italy

Cruise Ports in Italy are just some of the ports of call made on Mediterranean cruises. See which Italian ports cruise ships call at or embark/disembark from.

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Cruise Ports in France

Cruise Ports in France especially around the Mediterranean are great stopping points to explore, each with their own unique character, explore some of the French Mediterranean ports here.

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Budget Cruises

A guide to Budget Cruises in and around the Mediterranean, come and checkout what people are saying about Med cruises.

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Bargain cruises

Bargain cruises - a guide to saving money on your cruise holiday.

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Barcelona

A guide to Barcelona as a cruise stop, visit this glorious Spanish city as one of your stops on a Mediterranean Cruise, Spanish cruise port.

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Cooking School Cruises

The luxury cruise line Silversea Cruises is to feature the only Relais & Châteaux L'École des Chefs interactive cooking school cruises in 2011.

Each cruise celebrates cultural highlights such as basic knife skills and kitchen terminology for sauces and baking.

The cooking demonstrations with wine pairings and interactive sessions offer a chance of sampling specially prepared dishes.

On some voyages a "Market to the Plate" experience provides escorted tours of a local market before the cooking class and a "Culinary Outing," with a guided excursion to a local restaurant or hotel to enjoy a unique culinary experience.

For more information contact www.silversea.com

Enrichment Cruises -- SilverSea

Silversea enrichment cruises will run over 160 voyages this year with nearly 200 distinguished guest lecturers, celebrated chefs and destination experts taking part.

Silver Spirit's 15-day, Dubai-to-Athens World Cruise segment departing April 18 will see Dr. Zahi Hawass, a famous Egyptologists and Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Cairo
Dr. Scott Pearson, an international relations expert and Harvard economist
Gerald M. McCormack, a retired colonel of the Australian army
Dr. Lew Deitch, destination consultant and semi-retired professor with over 30 years' experience teaching geography.

Other cruises are to host Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist Dan Rather, suspense novelist Mary Higgins Clark and Australian historian Geoffrey Blainey, Terry Waite, Li Cunxin ballet dancer and broadcaster Alastair Bruce.

Silversea's website features an enrichment section with the upcoming guest lecturers, including photos, biographies and voyage dates.

Visit www.silversea.com.

Mediterranean Music Cruise

Smithsonian´s Mediterranean Music Cruise from May 3-16 is to feature the music of James Galway. The cruise explores some of the important World Heritage sites in Seville, Barcelona, Carthage and Dubrovnik with a top historian guide.

Smithsonian travelers can also cruise from Istanbul to Seville on Opus Mediterraneo from Aug 15-30 with legendary pianist Leon Fleisher.

This Mediterranean cruise stops in Istanbul, Ephesus, Crete and Paestum, as well as exciting ports in Spain, including Barcelona, Valencia and Seville.

Both music cruises are on the private yacht Corinthian II and provide the ultimate in a luxury with an informal ambiance. These small ship cruises carry no more than 114 passengers and provide top amenities, gracious service and fine dining.

New Route Spain to Canary Islands

Tests are being carried out in proposal of a new route between Huelva and Gran Canaria, not quite a cruise I know but the weekly 28 hour crossing could be a great introduction to sea voyages.

Think of it as a mini cruise to and from your holiday.

The plan is leave from Palos de la Frontera on Saturdays and arrive in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on Sunday afternoon.

The return journey will leave on Friday afternoon and arrive back in Spain on Saturday.

There will be three pricing options, the cheapest a reclining seat for 90 Euros, the second option a VIP recliner or a cabin proposed to be double the cheapest option.

The vessel will be “Volcán del Teide” built in Astilleros de Vigo with a capacity of 1.200 passengers, 700 vehicles and able to reach speeds of 25 knots.

Cruise Itinerary with Photos

Cruise Amour are now adding photo itineraries, see rather than read about the ports of call.

Photographs to show the the destination ports are to be available for every cruise package offered on their website.

To see your cruise holiday destination rather than imagine it check out the Cruise Amour website.

Malta Tourism Rising

Malta saw visitor numbers rise last year by air and cruises.

Cruise passengers will be offered a Fly-Cruise initiative in 2011 with people able to fly to Malta to embark.

MSC have made an agreement to use Malta as an embarkation point for the next five years.

Gastronomy Package with Silverseas

Jason Denton the New York City restaurateur is to host a gastronomy special on Silverseas' seven-day Mediterranean cruise on August 13th -20th in 2011.

Denton is Star Chef's "Rising Star Restaurateur of the Year". Offering great knowledge of Italy and the Mediterranean, Denton´s "Culinary Adventure" package offers exclusive excursions, on-board cooking demos, and specialty meals.

The new Silver Spirit´s all-inclusive culinary packages are limited to 100 guests.

The cruise schedule includes:

Venice, Hvar, Dubrovnik, Taormina, Sorrento and Rome. For more information about the cruise or to book tickets, visit Alice Travel.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line to have our four Freestyle Cruising ships in the Med for the 2012-2013 season.

Norwegian Spirit will join Norwegian Jade for year-round cruises in Europe in April 2012.

This will be the first time Norwegian Spirit sails in Europe with a twice a year 12-day Grand Mediterranean voyage.

Also on their itinerary is a nine-day Canary Islands tour.

The company says that "Europe is one of the world's fastest growing cruise markets and one where Freestyle Cruising is very well received. Given this, we felt it was the right time to deploy four ships, including two year-round, in Europe, marking our largest European deployment in the company's history," according to said chief executive officer Kevin Sheehan. "Guests now have the flexibility of embarking from four homeports in Europe sailing to some of the most exciting destinations in the world."

For more information on visit Norwegian.

Crystal Cruises´ Serenity 12 night Med Cruise

Cruise around France, Spain and Italy on a 12 nighter on Crystal´s Serenity.

Embarking from Barcelona and taking inCannes, Florence (Livorno), Rome (Civitavecchia), Sorrento, Dubrovnik, Croatia and disembarking in Venice.

Two More Awards for Costa Cruises

Costa Cruises Italy´s largest travel group won two more special prizes, one in the USA and the other in Belgium.

The first from the US Porthole Cruise Magazine and is a “Readers’ Choice Awards”. Each year readers of the magazine vote or email their choice for the best cruise lines in various categories.

In 2010, the 12th annual award, Costa Cruises was chosen for the third year running in the “Best Mediterranean Itineraries” and the “Best Africa/Middle East Itineraries” category.

The second award from the Belgium Travel Magazine, a trade journal, which has voted Costa Cruises, for the third year in a row, the best cruise line in 2010.

Mediterranean Cruises

A Mediterranean cruise has to be the most diverse kind of holiday with over 120 ports dotted around the Mediterranean Sea.

A range of cultures wait to be discovered with 17 different countries including Spain, Italy, Greece and Egypt.

Each unique country brings untold delights with more than 50 companies providing various route cruises varied in the Mediterranean.

Some companies specialize in Western Mediterranean cruises which concentrate on ports of call around Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and Morocco.

Take in the dormant volcano of Mt Vesuvius, ancient Pompeii and the city of Rome as well as Sicily and Sardinia.

Explore the traditional white Andalucian villages in Andalucia and taste the famous Manzanilla sherry in Cadiz.

Move on to the cosmopolitan Barcelona, before heading to that play area of the 60s the French Riviera.

Other companies provide Eastern Mediterranean cruises taking in Croatia, Greece, Turkey and middle Eastern countries.

What about a longer Mediterranean cruise including a stops in North African, the Mediterranean islands, Cyprus, Malta and the Greek Islands.

Royal Caribbean Flight Giveaway

Royal Caribbean International the global cruise brand with 22 ships has increased the number of free flights.

An extra 2,000 have been added to the initial promotion of 10,000 flights.

This is the largest ever flight give-away from a mainstream cruise line so make your booking between 18 November and 20 December 2010 for Mediterranean cruises in 2011.

Cruise Ships to Seville by 2020

The capital of Andalucia, Sevilla, is planning to reclaim its rivers and restore its former seafaring past.

In the days of the Romans and voyages of Christopher Columbus large vessels reached the city via the mighty River Guadalquivir.

As the river silted up operations moved to Cadiz. Now plans are afoot to dredge the river making it suitable for ships once again.

Seville is 70 km from the sea at Cadiz and work is due to be completed in 2013 but the project completion is estimated to be 2020.

This would make Seville a deepwater port and capable of accepting ships of up to 250 metres.

New Carnival Magic Cruise Ship in the Mediterranean

The new Carnival Magic is to start her European season in May until October 2011.

Choose from 7, 9 and 12-day Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona stopping at some of the best of the Mediterranean ports - Monte Carlo, Livorno, Naples, Rome, Messina, Dubrovnick and an overnight stop in Venice.

Fine Dining on Carnival Cruises

Carnival has introduced a fine dining option for foodies. It´s a unique culinary experience they call The Chef’s Table.

This will give 12 guests a memomorable dining experience with a multi-course dinner, a private cocktail reception and a personalized tour of the galley.

The cost is $75 per person and is available throughout the fleet, bookings can be made on board at the Guest Service Desk, but remember places are limited.

Cunard´s Queen Elizabeth in Cartagena



Cunard´s flagship and recently launched Queen Elizabeth birthed in Cartagena in November during its recent Mediterranean cruise.


Launched in October 2010 the Queen Elizabeth accommodates 2,000 passengers in the luxurious retro style but with the latest technology.


Free Flights to Cruise Ports

Nov - Royal Caribbean is offering 10,000 free flights from Britain and Ireland to its ships ports in Palma de Mallorca, Venice, Rome and Barcelona.

As an incentive to book early for 2011.