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Jump on board on one of our Mediterranean cruises, and immerse yourself in the Greek, Persian, Iberian and Roman cultures, to mention a few.
Taste the real Mediterranean cuisine where olive oil, wheat, grains, fruits and vegetables are always abundant.

If you have always wanted to visit some of the most emblematic monuments around the world like the Colosseum in Rome, the Parthenon in Athens or the Basílica de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, we invite you to go on a romantic holiday as a couple or create unique experiences and memories as a family or a group of friends, like you have never done before, on one of our MSC cruises around the Mediterranean.

Discover all the hidden gems in Spain, Italy, France, Greece, Morocco, Croatia, Cyprus, Malta, Montenegro, Portugal, Slovenia, Serbia, Albania, Tunisia and Turkey, while on a cruise in the Mediterranean Sea.

Mediterranean Countries

Discover the best of the Mediterranean with MSC Cruises and experience the most authentic Spanish, French, Greek or Italian culture, among others. A Western Mediterranean cruise will take you to destinations such as the ports of Barcelona and Valencia in Spain, Civitavecchia (Rome), Genoa (Portofino and Le Cinque Terre), Naples (Pompeii, Capri and Sorrento) in Italy, Marseille (Provenza) and Cannes (Montecarlo) in France, just to mention a few.
You can also join an Eastern Mediterranean cruise and visit locations such as Venice, Split and Dubrovnik in Croatia, IstanbulPiraeus (Athens), Katakolon (Olympia) in Greece and in the Greek islands of Corfù, Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes and Heraklion in Crete, enjoying their colourful and picturesque streets, brimming with activity and cornerstone for our modern culture.

Greece & Greek Island Cruises

Greece & Greek Islands are known for their white beaches and turquoise-blue waters, and also for a vast cultural and historical heritage that has influenced the rest of Europe for millennia.
Come aboard our ships for a Greek cruise with MSC Cruises and discover destinations such as Rhodes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its medieval city, the ruins of Kamiros, or the temple of Athena Lindia; Katakolon, the gateway to Olympia, home to the first Olympic Games, and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site; or Heraklion, the location of the famous Minotaur labyrinth myth, and capital city of Crete, where you will be able to visit the Palace of Knossos, the Palace of Phaestos, and much more.
Don't miss the magnificence of this country, with all its attractions such as the Acropolis and La Plaka in Athens, but also smaller coastal towns with charming and picturesque harbours in, Corfu, Santorini or Mykonos, with our Greek island cruises.
Enjoy the treasures of each destination.

Greece & Greek Island Cruises

 Oia, Santorini – Greece & Greek Islands | Mediterranean Cruises

Italy Cruises

Italy holds a prominent position in the Mediterranean, and its long coastline offers many cultural and natural opportunities for those travelling by sea. Our Italy cruises can take you to well-known cities such and world-class places as Rome, Naples (Pompeii, Capri and Sorrento), Venice, Genoa (Portofino and Le Cinque Terre), Messina (Taormina), Siracusa or Palermo, among others, but MSC Cruises during your Italy cruise can also offer calls and excursions to suggestive gems like Trieste with the Miramare Castle, Livorno - gateway to Florence and Pisa - , or the wonders of Puglia and Basilicata, featuring Bari, Brindisi, Lecce, Alberobello, Matera.
Whether with your family, with friends, or in a couple's getaway, experience life aboard a spectacular cruise ship while travelling to cities surrounded by the turquoise blue of the Mediterranean Sea: immerse yourself into the local culture and savour all the different cuisines offered by each Italian region. Every cruise is a special time with MSC Cruises.

Italy Cruises

Colosseum, Rome Civitavecchia – Italy | Mediterranean Cruises

Croatia Cruises

Croatia is a treasure of the Adriatic Sea, with many islands and coastal towns famous for their picturesque buildings, enhanced by the natural beauty of their surroundings. Choose a Croatia cruise and discover the city of Dubrovnik, an UNESCO World Heritage Site: enjoy the Rector's Palace, the Modra Spilja Cave, or a stroll around the charming streets with the Mediterranean at one side, and idyllic mountains on the background. If you want to experience a place with a little more bustle, our Croatia cruises will take you to Split, an Ancient Roman town that has turned into a busy city, no longer resembling a Roman settlement more than vestigially, with its seafront cafés and businesses as well as historical sites, such as the Temple of Jupiter.

Croatia Cruises

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Mediterranean Cruise Deals

The perfect moment for amazing new experiences in the Mediterranean at the best price is now.
Take a glimpse at the Mediterranean cruise deals by MSC Cruises and explore Italy, Spain, the French Riviera, or savour delicious Greek food while contemplating the breathtaking views of Athens. It is never too early to start planning your idyllic holidays, discover all our Mediterranean cruise deals for 2024 and 2025.
Whether you prefer to visit the East and immerse yourself in the streets and history of Croatia, Greece and Turkey, or you prefer the West, the Spanish tapas or French crepes, we have eastern and western Mediterranean cruise deals, to please your preferences: both cases you won’t miss stops in some of the most beautiful places in Italy. Enjoy the treasures of each destination at the best prices with the Mediterranean cruise deals by MSC Cruises.


Choose your favourite Mediterranean port and embark on a world of discovery with MSC Cruises. Whether you prefer to embark in the Spanish port of Barcelona, the French ports of Marseille (Provence) or Cannes, the Greek port of Piraeus, or one of the ports along the Italian Riviera such as Genoa (Portofino) and Civitavecchia (Rome) MSC offers you a wide variety of locations to enjoy during your trip. Mediterranean ports have been gateways to some of the oldest cities of Europe for centuries, and today you can take advantage of them, and enjoy the treasures of each destination.
Punta Della Dogana, Venice – Italy | Mediterranean Cruises


Discover one of the most beautiful and unique cities in Europe with one of our Venice cruise ships, and experience the bustle of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built upon 118 small islands, interconnected by more than 400 bridges.
Venice has been a most influential port since de Middle Ages, when it amassed great wealth that is now visible in its impressive architecture and art. During your Venice cruise you can stroll around Saint Mark's Square, visit the city's museums, or go on a Gondola ride. The "Queen of the Adriatic" just awaits you: come on board and MSC Cruise to discover the treasures of each Mediterranean destination.

Park Guell, Barcelona – Spain | Mediterranean Cruises

Choose a Barcelona cruise and experience a city that combines the intricate street patterns of a medieval settlement and the ordered avenues of a modern town. The "Ciudad Condal" is attractive to visitors for countless reasons, and at MSC Cruises we organise excursions for you to see some of the landmarks, such as the Sagrada Familia, the Camp Nou Stadium, or the Casa Milà, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The port of Barcelona is also a sight in itself: it is Spain's cruise main port, and it has a history of almost 2,000 years. Not a bad place to begin your Barcelona cruise, treat yourself to an unforgettable holiday.

St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome – Italy | Mediterranean Cruises

The "Eternal City" has been welcoming travelers for millennia, and the gateway to a Rome cruise is through the port of Civitavecchia.
At MSC Cruises we organise excursions so you can immerse yourself into the culture, with visits to the Ancient Roman Colosseum, the Baroque Trevi Fountain, or the awe-inspiring Vatican and Vatican Museums with the famous Cappella Sistina by Michelangelo.
You might also stroll leisurely along the Tiber and see Sant'Angelo castle or the Palazzo Farnese. After seeing the sights, you will be welcome on board to continue with the Rome cruise across the Mediterranean Sea. Discovery awaits you!


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What is the best time of year to cruise the Mediterranean?

Any time is a good time! Mediterranean cruises are available full year, and you can always get the best deal. Of course, the choice of season depends on your preferences and tastes: if you would prefer a mild temperature to enjoy the colours of nature, the best time to travel might be spring, from March to June, or in autumn, from September to November. If you would like to enjoy sea-life mixed with cultural excursions, get the best from Italian, French, Greek and Spanish summertime! Not to mention how magical an MSC Christmas or New Year’s Eve cruise can be.

What is the weather like in the Mediterranean Sea?

The Mediterranean climate is a mild one, characterized by dry summers and wet winters, as well as mild autumns and springs. But this should not be a cause for concern; you will be able to enjoy your excursions to the fullest in every season.
In addition, our cruise ships are prepared to welcome and entertain you, no matter the weather. From main and specialty restaurants to Spas and cinemas, swimming pools, shows, shopping, family entertainment, MSC Cruises can offer you many onboard activities.

What countries are part of a Mediterranean cruise?

In the Western Mediterranean, the countries with ports where MSC Cruises ships stop are the following: Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Malta, Morcco, Tunisia, Algeria. In the Eastern Mediterranean, the countries are: Italy, Greece, Croatia, Albania, , Cyprus, Israel, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey. There are different routes that MSC takes across the Mediterranean Sea, each cruise stopping at various locations and offering various activities and excursions, depending on its itinerary.
You can browse the different options and find the one that docks at the Mediterranean cities you wish to visit. Every cruise is a special time!

Where do Mediterranean cruises depart from?

MSC Cruises have various departure ports in several countries such as Spain, Italy, Portugal, France, Greece, to name a few. Just start your cruise search on top to select the "Departure Ports" and get all the options you have to embark on an MSC Mediterranean Cruise. Treat yourself to an unforgettable holiday!

How long is a Mediterranean cruise?

A Mediterranean cruise can be" as short or as long as you want.
We have options from 1, 2 or 3 nights to 7, 9, 11 nights or more. This is not fixed, search for our multiple options setting the Find your Cruise bar on top. When getting the results, you can use the advanced filters to set the number of nights. At MSC Cruises we are flexible: you can join us on multiple itineraries for a mid or long holiday, or just for a few days for a quick escape. Tailor your experience to your needs and desires with MSC Cruises.

How much is a cruise around the Mediterranean?

There’s a Mediterranean cruise for any budget you might have! Our MSC Cruises fares can satisfy every need, basing on cabin accommodation type and onboard experience. Early bookings will grant you great savings, as well as our special promotions all over the year, including last-minute and flash deals.