What’s the best Mediterranean cruise for you?

There are so many choices when it comes to holidays it’s sometimes hard to know where to start – check out P&O's cruise guide

There are so many choices when it comes to holidays it’s sometimes hard to know where to start. 

Nature vs. nurture, museums vs. forests, volcanoes vs. pyramids: which to do? If you’re looking for a smart way to combine quite a few of these options Mediterranean cruises are a pretty good bet. So here’s a rundown of some of our top Mediterranean cruises to help you decide.

Best cruise… for history buffs

For the perfect combination of glamour and excursions to spectacular wonders of the world, a cruise of the East Mediterranean ticks all the boxes. Along with the iconic pyramids you’ll also take in the fortified historic port of Cadiz, the cool musty port houses of delightful Oporto and the fabulous remains of ancient Athens, the bustling Greek capital.

And you’ll be cruising in style. Exclusively for adults, Arcadia is all about sophistication. Spend time admiring the remarkable art collection which features 3000 paintings and sculptures or relax in the fully-equipped spa with its large hydrotherapy pool and fragrant aromatic showers. Dining is a real treat too – you can sample signature dishes by Marco Pierre White or be tempted by exotic Asian fusion food to the backdrop of wonderful sea views. Arcadia’s bars are also a real feature, so after you’ve been browsing the markets and sites of historic Rhodes, or exploring the ancient city of Alexandria which dates back to the 9th Century BC, you can relive your experiences over a glass or two of fine champagne.

The details: A 23-night Eastern Mediterranean Cruise (cruise code: J216) on board Arcadia costs from £1,659 per person for an inside cabin.

Best cruise… for nature lovers

There are plenty of options for spending time at sea and exploring natural wonders too. Our cruises from Southampton to the Canary Islands offer a host of unusual natural panoramas. At Tenerife’s core rises the peak of mighty Mount Teide. This remarkable snow-capped volcano can be scaled by serious hikers – and those who are a little less active too.

There’s a cable car to the top! The views from up here out across the sea towards neighbouring Gran Canaria are often obscured by vast banks of white rolling cloud. The Teide National Park which surrounds the volcano is a strange lunar landscape home to all manner of unusual plants and flowers. There are also wonderfully fragrant and colourful sub-tropical plants and flowers to be discovered in the many world-famous botanical gardens on the glorious isle of Madeira. And after spending the days exploring, you’ll be returning to your lively cruise ship, Oceana. With whirlpool spa pools and the Oasis Spa and salon on board, you’ll find plenty of ways to relax too.

The details: A 12-night Canary Island Cruise aboard Oceana (cruise code: E202) costs from £1,099 per person for an inside cabin.

Best cruise… for glitz and glamour

Cruise holidays are by definition rather stylish affairs. But add to this the glamour of some of Europe’s most attractive destinations and you know you’ll have a holiday to really remember. There can be few more glamorous places than Monaco – home of the Formula One grand prix, the world famous casino and a harbour chock-full of million dollar yachts. And then how about the Catalan capital of cool? Brilliant Barcelona has fantastical architecture by Gaudi, funky shopping and sophisticated bar life. Throw in a wonderfully stylish twosome of Italian cities: historic Rome, full of world beating history and hip trendy locals and gorgeous Florence with its atmospheric old streets and host of fine-dining eateries and you’ve got the ultimate grand tour of Europe. Your home from home on the ocean, Ventura, features a top quality spa and menus conceived by Marco Pierre White. For high life on the high seas Ventura has to come top of the list.

The details: A-13 night cruise on board Ventura (cruise code: N214) costs from £1,468 per person for an inside cabin.

To find out more about P&O Cruises’ extensive selection of Mediterranean cruises visit

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