Follow the sun south on one of our Mediterranean cruises from Southampton to the sun-drenched Balearics, the lavender-fragranced hills of Provence, and Italy’s glorious coastline. Explore cosmopolitan seafront cities along the coast of Spain. Take in the vibrant art scene of Malaga, and stop for tapas in a sunlit square. Sample colorful paella in Valencia, and admire the dazzling modernist architecture of Barcelona, the extraordinary Sagrada Familia basilica at its heart.
Cruises from Southampton to the Mediterranean visit Italy, too, with time to explore Rome’s famous Colosseum and admire Michelangelo’s exquisite David in Florence. France is yet another highlight, whether you spend your time following the trail of the Impressionists to Aix-en-Provence, or sitting on the bustling waterfront in Marseille with a bowl of rich bouillabaisse and a glass of chilled rosé.
Catalunya’s dynamic capital bursts with personality. Explore the maze of the old Gothic Quarter, or head to the Eixample neighborhood to admire the vibrant, organic structures designed by legendary architect Antoni Gaudí. There’s art for every taste, from the Picasso Museum to the striking Joan Miró Foundation on Montjuic Hill. Fashionable Barceloneta, the former fishing quarter, is the best place to head on a sunny day for tapas on the waterfront.
Italy’s stylish capital is peppered with extraordinary relics and archaeological sites, chic shopping streets, and cobbled squares adorned with lavish baroque fountains. Visit the mighty Colosseum, the setting of ancient gladiatorial battles, and the beautiful Sistine Chapel. Gaze at the Pantheon’s vast dome, people-watch on the Spanish Steps, and toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain. No visit to the Eternal City is complete without gelato and flavor-packed pasta alla carbonara.
Explore the beauty of Tuscany from La Spezia, the gateway to historic Pisa and elegant Florence. Marvel at the architecture in Pisa’s Square of Miracles and the iconic Leaning Tower. Visit Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance movement, to admire the magnificent cathedral and the treasures of the Accademia Gallery. Or head along the coast to the Cinque Terre, five tiny fishing villages of gelato-colored houses that cling to plunging cliffs.