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.

Escape to the Mediterranean on a cruise holiday

Leave the lounger behind and treat the family to a world of eye-opening culture, mouth-watering cuisine and hair-raising adventures on a Mediterranean cruise holiday from Southampton. Even when the sun goes down, each ship offers a variety of exciting entertainment from established to emerging performers.

Alternatively, if the anticipation is too much to bear, why not fly out and join your ship on a Mediterranean Fly Cruise?

Take a look at some of the Mediterranean cruise ports you can visit


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 Turkey. 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 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.

Our favourite Mediterranean cruises from Southampton

Our favourite Fly Mediterranean cruise holidays

Explore Mediterranean Cruise Destinations

Explore ashore our favourite Mediterranean cruise ports

Take a look at some examples of our curated shore experiences, offering you the chance to try something new, connect with local culture and discover a different side to the Mediterranean.

Discover even more with our Mediterranean fly-cruises

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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There’s always something happening on Ventura, enjoy delicious fine dining, a tranquil spa, many quiet spaces to unwind, great sports facilities and four pools.

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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.