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Top 3 Mediterranean cruises for summer

July 18, 2013

If you're considering taking a cruise around the Mediterranean, the choices and opportunities available are vast. Boasting modern cities and historical towns as well as warm temperatures and a beautiful blue sea, this sun-drenched region of Europe attracts a great deal of holidaymakers every year.

To make the most of the Mediterranean, a cruise ship is the best way to travel. Not only do guests get to visit scores of fantastic locations, but a hassle-free and relaxing experience is also guaranteed, with no worries about food, drink, on-board activities or evening entertainment.
So here is a selection of the top Med cruises for 2013 summer holidays.

Barcelona to Venice
Starting off in the diverse Spanish city of Barcelona, guests can discover some stunning architecture, wonderful beaches and a bustling nightlife. From there, the cruise will head to Provence or the French Riviera, where delectable cuisine and magnificent shorelines can be found. With locations such as Marseille, Cannes, Nice and Monaco hosting lavish festivals and events, there is even the potential of seeing some high-profile faces.

The next port of call is Italy’s west coast, with Livorno opening up the opportunity to see Florence or Pisa, and Civitavecchia within easy reach of the capital Rome. After a brief stop at the Croatian city of Split, passengers end their voyage in Venice, home to a network of picturesque canals and the famous St Mark’s Square.

Mediterranean island cruise
Taking in some marvellous locations such as Mallorca, Menorca, Corsica and Sardinia, an island cruise around the Mediterranean is a favourite among several tourists. The cosmopolitan city of Palma in Mallorca, featuring 14th century castles and authentic tapas bars throughout, is where this cruise commences. The ship then moves on to Cagliari in Sardinia, a historic city with archaeological sites as well as ancient settlements.

Following two stops in Naples and Civitavecchia on Italy's mainland, the island of Corsica greets visitors with a remarkably pretty landscape and imposing peaks. After an action-packed cruise, guests will be thankful of the lazy and relaxed way of life found in Mahon, Menorca..

The Black Sea
For something a little different to the typical Mediterranean cruise, a journey around the Black Sea is sure to captivate a number of holidaymakers. The beach resort of Marmaris is very similar to the south of France, but for a taste of tradition, be sure to visit a hammam or Turkish bath. Moving on to Istanbul, a skyline of mosques and palaces awaits, as this culturally varied city delivers both old and new attractions.

A short excursion to the terracotta rooftops and Renaissance buildings of Nessebar in Bulgaria is followed by Odessa in Ukraine, with the city's landmarks heavily influenced by French, Spanish and Italian architecture.

Further Ukrainian ports of call include Sevastopol and Yalta before the ship reaches Sochi in Russia, a place of attractive beaches and green parks. Towards the end of the voyage, there is still time to look around historical Turkish locations like Trabzon, Sinop and Kusadasi.

Authors Bio: Wendy Paterson is a proud mom of three, personal trainer and restless traveller. She often writes about the destinations she has explored in her previous summer holidays.

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