Our guide to Mediterranean cruises.
With its agreeable climate, glittering waters and irresistible culinary delights, the Mediterranean is a colourful treasure steeped in culture and natural beauty.
Here we delve into the unique sites and experiences you can expect to savour on a Cunard cruise to the Mediterranean, and how to get the most from your voyage to this sun-drenched region.
Why choose the Mediterranean for a cruise?
The Mediterranean is a vibrant kaleidoscope of countries and cultures to explore. Renowned for its rich cultural heritage, beautiful coastlines and ancient settlements, it’s long been a popular holiday choice for discerning travellers.
History of Mediterranean cruises.
Mediterranean cruise routes.
Mediterranean cruise highlights.
The Mediterranean is an enchanting treasure, filled with unforgettable sights and memories. However, there are several must-sees you simply won’t want to miss. Make sure your Mediterranean cruise itinerary includes these essential highlights, available every year on Cunard’s Mediterranean cruises.
Mediterranean cruise sights.
Mediterranean shore experiences.
Mediterranean festivals and events.
Mediterranean cruises throughout the year.
Mediterranean cruises typically sail from April to November each year, making the most of the region’s sunny days and pleasant climate. Temperatures at the height of summer can easily reach 40 degrees Celsius (100 Fahrenheit), while travelling earlier or later in the Mediterranean cruise season still offers plenty of warm days to explore in the sunshine.
Weather in the Mediterranean.
The Mediterranean has a changeable climate, boasting hot and sunny days throughout the peak summer months, with warm, but somewhat cooler weather making an appearance during spring and autumn.
Mediterranean cruise weather in winter (December, January and February).
With much of the tourism taking place over spring and summer, winter is generally the Mediterranean’s offseason and it’s not unusual to see many restaurants and businesses along coastal resorts close. For this reason, cruise lines tend to avoid sailing to the region during wintertime, although larger Mediterranean cities such as Barcelona still have much to offer tourists year-round. Winter temperatures vary between 18 and −3 °C, depending on the region.
Mediterranean cruise weather in spring (March, April and May).
If you visit the Mediterranean during the springtime, you’re sure to be greeted by lush landscapes and an array of flowers in bloom. Spring in the Mediterranean is comfortably warm and the sun is highly likely to be shining. Spring temperatures are usually between 16 and 19 °C, however, this does vary depending on location.
Mediterranean cruise weather in summer (June, July and August).
During the summer months, visitors can expect hot days, warm evenings, and beaches bustling with locals and tourists alike. The summer climate in the Mediterranean is known for being sunny and dry, and it’s not out of the question for temperatures during the hottest months to exceed 40 °C.
Mediterranean cruise weather in autumn (September, October and November).
Autumn in the Mediterranean offers mild temperatures and sun-filled days. The water is still swimmable, if a little cooler, so if you’re feeling brave, an autumn swim is a great way to feel refreshed. Temperatures during the autumn months average daily maximums of around 23 °C, however this does vary throughout the region.
Mediterranean cruise packing essentials.
Mediterranean cruise reading list.
Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of curling up on deck, feeling the warmth of the sunshine on your face while enthralled in a good book. Where better to enjoy a captivating Mediterranean novel than in the destination itself?
From travel memoirs and historic novels to crime, there is a host of literature inspired by the region, ready for you to enjoy. The Girl Under the Olive Tree by Leah Fleming, The Island by Victoria Hislop and The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant are three books you may wish to enjoy during your Mediterranean cruise.
Mediterranean cruise top tips from experts.
Get the inside look with top recommendations and tips, courtesy of Alison Moore, Tim Mathieson and Abby Crossley from the Cunard Shore Experience team.