At Cruise Nation, we are proud to offer an excellent range of cheap cruise deals to the Western Mediterranean. With beautiful cities like Barcelona, Naples, Palma and Rome, the the Western Mediterranean offers an unmistakable combination of glorious sunshine and wondrous scenery. And it’s for these reasons that this wonderful part of the world is one of our most popular cruise destinations.
One of the most romantic and inspiring cities in Europe, Venice attracts thousands of tourists every year - the majority of whom are attracted to its stunning history and charming canals. And no trip to this wonderful destination would be complete without a visit to Piazza San Marco. This is the central square in Venice, and the location for some of Venice’s most coveted historical treasures such as the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark's Basilica. Both of these attractions can be easily reached by cruise ship, and are the ideal starting point when exploring this beautiful city.
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With our great range of low cost Western Mediterranean cruises, you’ll find your money goes even further. Cruise Nation offers travellers the chance to extend their cruise holidays, with our amazing Cruise and Stay deals. An ideal option for those who love to explore new destinations, choose from several nights accommodation in cities such as Barcelona and Rome – giving you the opportunity to take in the sights at your own speed – at either the beginning or end of your cruise. For those who like to travel in style, we also provide a fantastic selection of last minute luxury cruises, as well as incredibly low cost all inclusive cruises for a truly indulgent Western Med holiday.
The Western Mediterranean offers something for all kinds of travellers, and for families of all ages. With beaches to rival the Caribbean, designer shopping, ancient cities, historic landmarks and cuisine to suit every taste, everyone from sun worshipers to history buffs will find plenty to fall in love with. Here are just a few of the Western Mediterranean’s highlights to leave you inspired for your next cruise:
From the eternal appeal of Vatican City to the ancient wonders of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Pantheon, Rome is one city that lives up to all expectations. With our Western Mediterranean stay and cruise deals, passengers can take in everything the Eternal City has to offer, with an included stay either pre- or -post cruise. Use your extra time in Rome to explore the most famous landmarks including; the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and Castel Sant'Angelo, as well as experiencing Italian culture at its very best. The city has endless options for drinking and dining, with some of the best restaurants in Italy, if not the world. Religious or not, a trip to the St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, and the spectacular Sistine Chapel within the vast Vatican Museums is an unmissable stop on your Rome itinerary. The city is also home to some incredibly beautiful squares and gardens, including the famous Piazza Navona and Villa Borghese.
The capitol of Sardinia, Italy’s second largest island, Cagliari is a charming seaside-city, with historic sites hidden around every corner and beautiful beaches just moments away from the bustling town. Those interested in the city’s fascinating history will find endless attractions in Castello, Cagliari’s old town. Situated on a diamond-shaped rocky bluff, Castello is home to Cagliari Cathedral, Roman Amphitheatre of Cagliari, the medieval Castle of San Michele and the impressive Palazzo Regio. It’s also from this part of town where visitors can take in the beautiful uninterrupted views of the city’s rooftops and beyond, to the deepest blue of the vast Tyrrhenian Sea. After your city explorations are done, head for the popular Poetto Beach. A favourite summer hang-out of both tourists and locals alike, Poetto comes alive after the sun goes down and is one of the best places for nightlife in the city.
From the hectic, buzzing heart of Las Ramblas to Gaudi’s dream-like masterpieces, Barcelona is a cosmopolitan city crammed full of modern and centuries-old art, history, incredible food and one of the Western Mediterranean’s best nightlife scenes. With Cruise Nation’s wide range of cruises, including Cruise and Stay deals to Barcelona, you’ll find yourself with plenty of time to explore this incredible city’s top sights. Fly from the UK to Barcelona and stay in the city either before or after your cruise, with accommodation and flights included in many of our low cost deals. Start with Barcelona’s most famous architect, on a tour of Antoni Gaudi’s incomparable works. Unmissable examples include the unbelievable Sagrada Familia, famed for its stained-glass windows and unique steeple towers, the fantastical Park Güell, the dream-like chimneys of La Pedrera and the colourful facade of Casa Batlló. Once you’ve had a taste of modernist Barcelona, venture into the Gothic Quarter to see the breathtaking cathedral, before finding a quiet square to sit and try out some of the city’s famed tapas and local Catalan wines.
Known for being the French Riviera’s playground of the rich and famous, as well home to the world-acclaimed Cannes International Film Festival, this seaside resort town has everything you would expect from one of the Western Mediterranean’s most luxurious locations. Rub shoulders with A-listers in the designer boutiques and spot celebrities on the spectacular beaches, while Porsches and Ferraris fly by. Wander along the glamour marina to spot the most expensive yachts in the world, and sample a taste of the highlife in the Michelin star restaurants that feature regularly along the city’s pristine streets. If you prefer to swap the glitz and glamour for some local history, take a trip to the nearby Île Sainte-Marguerite. The island is most famous for its 17th century Fort Royal – an impressive prison structure said to be the holding place of the “Man in the Iron Mask”
A charming, historic town on the Italian cost, La Spezia is best known as a base for exploring one of the Western Mediterranean’s most picturesque regions – the beautiful Cinque Terre. The multi-coloured, cliffside-houses of the “Five Towns” have been a popular tourist attraction for decades, but thanks to social media, they have become incredibly famous. With one of our great cruise deals to the Western Mediterranean, which includes a stop in La Spezia, you’ll have the chance to see these beautiful Italian towns with your own eyes. The most popular of the five are Riomaggiore and Manarola, with stunning cliff-side views and spots for summer-time swimming, but each of the towns has their own, unique charm. You can see them all in one day, using the local trainline which runs from La Spezia to the last town, Monterosso al Mare, or for the most activity-inclined with time to spare, it is possible to hike between each of the towns during the summer season.