There’s a reason we’ve been named best cruise line in Europe for 10 years running, and it’s because, each year, we find new ways to make our already unrivaled Europe vacations better than ever. Our Mediterranean cruises in 2021 are no exception. Visit fascinating countries on the best ships in the Old World, including our highly awarded Celebrity Edge® and second-in-series Celebrity Apex℠. Experience in-depth new itineraries visiting Europe’s most iconic places, as well as its best-kept secrets on 2021 Mediterranean cruises. And discover four exciting new destinations, including the charming and historic ports of Zakynthos, Hydra, and Thessaloniki in Greece and the captivating coastal city of Taranto, Italy. New places. New spaces. Old World.
Hydra embodies the Greek pace of life, known for its crystal-clear beaches, relaxed cafes, and even donkey rides through the city. In Hydra, no cars or vehicles are permitted, so you’ll enjoy the city at your own pace. Just a two-hour ferry from Athens, Hydra is a well-deserved change of pace from the busyness of life.
Bordering the Aegean Sea, Thessaloniki is the second-largest city in Greece. The city was largely destroyed in a 20th century fire, but luckily, Thessaloniki bounced back in no time. Art lovers won’t want to miss the Museum of Byzantine Culture, the State Museum of Contemporary Art, and other significant cultural institutions when they visit Thessaloniki.
Known as a summer resort town off the Ionian Sea, the first thing that’ll catch your eye about Zakynthos is the seemingly impossible turquoise shade of its waters. Beach life is a big deal here. Swim or play at Agios Nikolaos, Alykanas, and Tsilivi. Zakynthos Marine Park is the first national park devoted to sea turtle preservation in the Mediterranean. Snorkel or dive among the ruins of an old shipwreck at Navagio.
As a port city and an economic hub, Taranto, Italy is just now beginning to attract international visitors. Located in the Apulia region of Italy, Taranto is a baroque paradise. This sleepy Italian fishing town is known for its dolphin conservation efforts and stunning architecture. Museo Nazionale Archeologico and the photogenic San Cataldo Basilica are just a few must-sees while you’re stopped in port. Taranto offers a glimpse at a relaxed, Southern Italian pace.
Departing from the Eternal City is eternally breathtaking. If your Mediterranean cruise in 2021 departs from Rome, we know you’ll want to arrive early so you can experience this magical city before your vacation even officially begins. Lose yourself in thousands of years of civilization touring the Coliseum, or stand in awe at some of the most celebrated masterworks of art in human history at The Vatican Museum or the Sistine Chapel. Scale the Spanish Steps, and, perhaps predictably, don’t miss the chance to toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain. Rome’s most famous sights are well loved for a reason. You’ll be quickly swept up in la dolce vita.
Walkable, complex, and effortlessly romantic, Barcelona quickly captivates its visitors. Stroll and shop down Las Ramblas. See the iconic La Sagrada Familia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, crafted by Gaudi in massive, Gothic glory. Sip Spanish wine and sample tasty tapas in the Ciutat Vella, or Old City. Marvel at the works of Picasso at the Picasso Museum, which is home to over 3,000 of his paintings and sketches.
Venice is a pensive but electrifying city. Gondola rides down the picturesque Grand Canal and idyllic sunsets help The Floating City live up to all the hype. Once a quiet fisherman’s village, Venice is a chain of over 120 islands along the Adriatic, narrowly connected by an intricate network of canals. Relax in the heart of Venice at St. Mark’s Square, people-watching or sipping a coffee from a local cafe. Sample Adriatic seafood dishes at quaint trattorias, or spend a leisurely afternoon art gallery-hopping.
A stone’s throw from London, cruises departing from Southampton, England are perfect for Londonites craving Mediterranean sea and sand. Before you leave Southampton, though, you’ve got to experience its lovely sights, like a visit to Salisbury on the way to the mysterious Stonehenge formation, or a day trip along the Titanic Trail. Tour historic abbeys and medieval city walls, then wash it all down with a proper English pint.
Lisbon is known for its pastel architecture, delicious port wines, and postcard-worthy cobblestoned paths. Before departing from Lisbon, don’t miss out on a tram ride through the city, an artsy afternoon at the National Museum of Ancient Art, or a tour of the city’s most influential churches and squares, including Praça do Comércio, a shopping hub lined with cafes and boutiques.
Looking to experience a legendary transatlantic adventure? Before setting sail for the Med, spend a little time in Miami, Florida, one of the most dynamic cities in the Sunshine State. Get a tan on Miami Beach or spend a night out before your cruise in the heady energy of South Beach. Check out edgy street art and inventive restaurants in Wynwood. Go off-the-beaten path to naturally beautiful state parks like Bill Baggs Cape or Virginia Key. Shopping is plentiful along the bustling Lincoln Road. Stop for a cafecito (or two), and soak up every sunny minute.
Explore some of the Mediterranean’s greatest places on one of the World’s Greatest Places as named by Time magazine—our revolutionary Celebrity Edge®. For 2021, our first Edge® Series ship will offer 10- and 11-night sailings to the Eastern Med, including a brand-new itinerary visiting Italy, Greece, and Turkey. This will be the first time Edge® sails to Turkey, with stops in Istanbul and Kusadasi, two unforgettable places that should be on every world traveler’s list.
Our second Edge® Series ship, Celebrity ApexSM, is debuting new itineraries of its own in the Mediterranean. That includes a sundrenched 12-night journey through the Greek Islands and a 9-night sailing to the hottest playgrounds of the Western Med, such as Valencia, Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca, and more. Looking to make the most of your limited vacation days? ApexSM will continue to offer perfectly timed 7-night sailings visiting Spain, France, Italy, and Monaco.
In 2021, you’ll have a chance to sail to some of the Mediterranean’s best destinations aboard Celebrity Infinity. Discover the beauty of Italy, Croatia, and Malta or Montenegro on 7-night sailings during the summer, or head to culture-filled Spain and Portugal this fall.
We’ll take you to even more brand-new ports of call aboard Celebrity Constellation®, with an array of 9- and 10-night Mediterranean itineraries sailing back-and-forth between Venice and Rome, Venice and Barcelona, and round-trip from Venice, with ports of call in in Italy, France, Spain, Turkey, and the Greek Islands. These diverse itineraries will introduce you to our new ports of Zakynthos, Greece and Taranto, Italy.
Thousands of years of history and civilization are only part of the reason why Mediterranean cruise vacations grow in wonder each year. They’re ideal for romantic celebrations and family getaways alike. Mediterranean cities are loud, vibrant, and will stir up your imagination and creativity like never before. Cities like Venice, Athens, and Rome will always be in style, but we’ll take you to far-flung destinations that you might otherwise never venture to on your own. From the comfort of a cruise ship, the peace and pace of coastal Mediterranean towns takes on a new level of luxury. With a half dozen departure ports to choose from, the Mediterranean awaits you.
Foodies will find their calling here, where culinary styles focused on locally sourced, fresh ingredients fill the menus of tiny Italian trattorias and Greek tavernas. With an emphasis on high-quality food, coffee, and wine in every destination, the Mediterranean is one of the best regions of the world for you to truly indulge. Raise a glass and cheers to the most relaxing vacation ever. On sea days, you’ll sail to paradise while our intuitive service, creative cuisine, cozy amenities, and sleek spaces meet your every whim. We designed our fleet to be a resort on the move, with endless opportunities for relaxation at the onboard spa, riveting live entertainment, and state-of-the art suites you can call home. Ready to discover which 2021 Mediterranean cruise destinations will capture your heart?