Mediterranean Cruise Holidays

Beaches, backstreets and timeless beauty
With beauty waiting at every stop, there’s plenty to explore. Famed for its art, architecture, cultures, cuisines, beaches and more – the Med is a holiday full of rich experiences and it's perfect for adults or families to experience together.

Our favourite Fly Mediterranean cruise holidays

Our favourite Mediterranean cruises from Southampton


"Visiting Barcelona’s world-famous Park Güell? At this glorious colourfully-tiled park, keep your eyes peeled for the immaculate serpentine bench and the figure of a woman ‘hidden’ among the twisted stone columns. And make sure to trek up to the park’s highest point, marked with a cross, for outstanding views of the city all the way out to sea." 
– Time Out


Reasons to visit the Mediterranean on a cruise holiday


You’re spoiled for choice on a cruise across the Mediterranean. From the hallowed halls of Seville’s grand Alcázar and the Roman ruins of Ephesus, to the dome of the Duomo of Florence and 12th century city walls of Dubrovnik, you can journey through the ages and watch the architecture gracefully change from city to city. With ornate archways of palaces and cathedrals, red roofs and whitewashed walls of seaside villas, the architecture of the region delights at every turn.

Food & Drink

Dining in the Med is a daily dream for your taste buds. You can tuck into tapas and petiscos in Spain and Portugal. Mezze in Greece and TurkeyTurkey. Pizza, pasta and gelato in Italy. Not to mention the wines of the region, from rich reds to fresh whites. Each city boasts its own specialities and flavours so why not explore a local food market, join a cookery class or take a food tour to get a taste for the local cuisine?


Long sandy stretches or hidden coves, turquoise waters and crystal-clear pools – the beaches of the Med, blessed with warmer temperatures and sunny skies, are eternally appealing. You could hike to a rocky bay in Alicante, opt for water sports in Greece and Mykonos or simply laze on a gorgeous pine-fringed beach in Rovinj. Whatever you’re mood, you’ll find beautiful beaches are typically just a stone’s throw away from each port.


"For cheesy, indulgent goodness, look no further than Pinsere in Rome, a hole-in-the-wall type eatery serving up classic Roman pinsa. Pinsas are oblong-shaped with a light crust, and here they’re sliced into slices and laid out at the counter. Seasonal veggies and locally cured meats are showcased here, and you can see the chefs working away in the open kitchen."
– Time Out


Explore Mediterranean Cruise Holiday Destinations

Our top 5 Mediterranean shore excursions


"Alameda is now possibly Seville’s hippest alternative neighbourhood, packed with funky shops and bars. Come for a stroll along the Alameda de Hercules, a peek at the art in the Convento Santa Clara, coffee at an offbeat café such as Gigante (also great for cocktails), and then a spot of vintage shopping (Buhoneras is a treasure trove of funky finds)."
– Time Out


Frequently asked questions about the Mediterranean


Sail the Mediterranean on board your favourite ship

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Inspired by our past. Designed for the future. There has never been a more stylish way to see the world! Whether you're new to cruising, or a veteran of the high seas, your moments on board Britannia are sure to be truly memorable.

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Azura is one of the largest cruise ships in the P&O Cruises fleet. Azura offers an incredible choice of bars, restaurants, sports and spa facilities, entertainment, plus lots of other exciting and unique features.

Exclusively for Adults


Mid-sized Aurora is a world-class ship, bringing the joys of classic cruise travel to all.

Exclusively for Adults


Combining the chic with the classic, Arcadia offers a relaxed pace, stylish surroundings and more than a hint of extravagance.

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Iona’s eagerly-anticipated sister ship, Arvia is heading for the sunshine. Like Iona, Arvia is another Excel class ship, with even more freedom, innovation and variety in store than ever before. So get ready for your ultimate P&O Cruises holiday.