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Enjoy History, Culture, and Romance Around Every Bend

Whether you love art, history, natural wonders, fine cuisine, or all of the above, a Mediterranean cruise lets you experience something amazing at every stop. From the history-lined canals of Venice to the sun-soaked playgrounds of the French Riviera to the iconic architecture of Spain, our array of award-winning Europe vacations offers something special for every discerning world traveler.

Get up close to historic sites like the ancient Colosseum in Rome, the Acropolis in Athens, and the charming Old City of Dubrovnik. Take stellar photos at the Piazza San Marco in Venice, the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, and the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. See Michelangelo’s remarkable Renaissance artwork on the Sistine Chapel ceiling as you tour Vatican City.

Some of the most beautiful natural sights you’ll ever see may be the view of the whitewashed buildings and turquoise waters in Santorini or the pastel-colored fishing villages in the Amalfi Coast in Italy. A Mediterranean cruise will most definitely move you.

And make sure to get a true taste of the Med with authentic paella in Spain, a visit to a local patisserie in France, fresh homemade pasta in Italy, and moussaka in Greece.

Discover the Old World with a luxury Mediterranean cruise as only we can do it.

Mediterranean Cruise Highlights

Culture

See Michelangelo’s Renaissance masterpiece on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City on your visit to Rome. Explore one of the world’s most impressive public parks—the colorful Park Guell designed by Antoni Gaudi—in Barcelona. Try your luck in one of Monte Carlo’s famed casinos. Or, take a romantic ride on a gondola through Venice’s renowned canals. Make your daydream of a Europe vacation a reality with an award-winning Celebrity Mediterranean cruise.

Natural Beauty

The Old World has no shortage of beautiful spots. Greece’s most famous cosmopolitan island, Mykonos, is a whitewashed paradise in the heart of the Aegean Sea. Cinque Terre embraces a string of centuries-old seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline. Colorful houses and vineyards cling to steep terraces, harbors are filled with fishing boats, and trattorias turn out seafood specialties along with the Liguria region’s famous sauce, pesto. Another one of Italy’s most memorable destinations is the Amalfi Coast with its mysterious grottos, craggy cliffs, and shimmering bays.

Cuisine

Dine your way around the Med and your taste buds will be in heaven. Sample different cheeses in France, from creamy brie to hard Comté to tangy goat cheese to a punchy le Roquefort. Sip bubbly prosecco in Italy along with some homemade pasta for dinner. Enjoy tapas—Iberian ham, pincho de tortilla, cheese, olives, and calamari—throughout Spain. Croatia has its own iconic cuisine so make sure to tray some spicy goulash or schnitzel while here. And Greece is home to some of the freshest seafood—think grilled octopus—along with dolmades, fragrant moussaka, and feta cheese.

History

If there’s one thing the Med is known for, it’s history. Dating back to the Roman Empire, it was originally called Mare Nostrum by the Romans. Today, many important edifices remain and attract visitors from all over the world. Explore a city frozen in time—79 A.D. to be precise—when Pompeii was buried under several feet of ash and rock as nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted. The magical walled city of Dubrovnik has marble paved streets, Renaissance carvings, and the Placa pedestrian promenade. And, of course, you must not miss the Parthenon in Greece or the Colosseum in Rome.

The Many Sides of The Mediterranean

The Mediterranean Sea is so large—965,300 square miles—that it can be broken down into regions, each with its own personality, cuisine, and scenery. The Eastern Mediterranean covers the Holy Land, the Greek Islands, and the countries of the Adriatic Sea. The Western Mediterranean is generally comprised of Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, and Monaco. You can experience it all by booking back-to-back cruises in both regions.

Western Mediterranean

Eastern Mediterranean

Greek Islands

Adriatic Sea

Italy

Mediterranean Cruise Departure Ports

Barcelona, Spain

Athens, Greece

Rome, Italy

Additional Mediterranean Cruise Departure Ports

Besides the cities above, Celebrity Cruises also departs from Venice with its spectacular architecture, canals, and cuisine; Amsterdam, the land of 100 canals and nearly as many world-class museums; Lisbon, the city of seven hills and cobblestone streets; or, Southampton, near London, home to St. Paul’s Cathedral and 350-acre green space Hyde Park.

Unforgettable Shore Excursions in the Med

There’s a wide variety of ways to explore your ports of call. Whether you’re a parent looking for outdoor family entertainment, a foodie out to explore local dishes and wines, or a history aficionado, we have a Mediterranean cruise excursion tailored to your interests.

Family Adventures

Swim, cycle, kayak, and enjoy the flavors of Croatia, on a journey designed by a professional explorer. Experience speed, adrenaline, and the opulence of Italian craftsmanship as you ride a Ferrari or Lamborghini across the French Riviera. Discover the natural treasures of Montenegro on a scenic cruise to the stunning Blue Cave and Zanjice Beach.

Feast of Flavors

During a cooking lesson in Mykonos, learn the culinary secrets of traditional Greek foods, then, enjoy the meal you helped prepare. Or, visit an ancient farm in the Sicilian countryside for a tour and a cooking lesson with lunch in the garden. Or, enjoy a Chef’s Market Discovery in Barcelona exploring gastronomic delights and a private dinner.

Cultural Immersion

Travel through history on a narrated drive through Athens and explore the Acropolis on foot. See ancient Pompeii’s uncovered ruins. Enjoy a day out at Lisbon’s Monserrate Palace and gardens, built in the 18th century. And, feel the allure of Venice on an evening gondola ride through tranquil waterways.

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Ships Sailing in The Med

We have six award-winning ships sailing the waters and ports-of-call in the Mediterranean, so you can explore ancient cultures in modern luxury.

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Celebrity Constellation®

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Celebrity Reflection®

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Dine like a local on a Mediterranean cruise

Moussaka

A Greek dish made with layers of sliced eggplant and potatoes baked in a spiced ground beef sauce and topped with a lush layer of béchamel sauce.

Paella

For a true taste of seaside Spain, enjoy this authentic saffron rice dish studded with chicken, chorizo, clams, shrimp and lobster. Pair with Sangria.

Gelato

Gelato is a mixture of custard, cream, and milk, without eggs, and it has 4-9 percent fat as opposed to ice cream’s 14-25 percent. So, go ahead. Indulge!

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