Exploring the Islands of the Mediterranean - 14 September 2024
- Visit Valletta and Mahón, known for their impressive fortifications
- Look for birds migrating south from Gibraltar, and meet the macaques
- Delive into thousands of years of history in Cartagena
Return Coach Transfers from Edinburgh Available with Supplement!
On this island-hopping cruise you can learn about the different cultures that have existed throughout the region, while also visiting destinations known for their impressive fortifications and defensive harbours, such as Valletta and Mahón.
In Gibraltar, those wishing to get up close to nature may enjoy looking out for birds migrating south or meeting the famous macaque.
There are thousands of fascinating years of history for you to delve into in Cartagena, particularly at the impressive Roman Amphitheatre.
Throughout your sailing you can gain insight into how and why various kingdoms, empires and nations have competed to control the Mediterranean in days past.
DINING & LOUNGES
- À la carte breakfast, lunch & dinner
- Daily buffet dining options
- Late night Supper Club
- Afternoon tea
- Self-service tea & coffee
- In-cabin dining & snacks
ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT
- Evening shows
- Live music & dancing
- Dance classes
- Lectures & talks
- Cookery demonstrations
- Traditional deck games
- Daily games & quizzes
RELAXATION & FITNESS
- Swimming Pools
- Fitness Centre
- Fitness Classes
14 September 2024 Departing Newcastle
Some of the best moments of cruising are the days spent at sea where you can relax and enjoy the wonderful programme of events and activities we have planned for you.
19 September 2024 Gibraltar
The British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar is dominated by The Rock, a 426m-high limestone ridge, home to the mischievous Barbary apes, which are hugely entertaining but must be remembered that they are still wild animals. Elsewhere, the town is resolutely British, with red pillar boxes, helmeted police officers, traditional pubs and even Marks & Spencer. The waters surrounding Gibraltar are also a haven for various cetaceans, including three species of dolphin.
20 September 2024 Cartagena, Spain
Cartagena Bay surrounds the city of the same name, and is home to a number of fortifications built into the rocks, some more well hidden than others – including two archways that were intended to be submarine bases, but were never completed. The bay is overlooked by four hills that are topped with forts as the city of Cartagena is Spain’s main naval base in the Mediterranean, and has been an important naval port sine Roman times.
21 September 2024 Ibiza, Spain
An archipelago of islands and islets, The Balearic Islands are located near the coast of the Iberian Peninsula, and all have a Mediterranean climate. While some parts of Ibiza are well known for their buzzing nightlife, Ibiza Town offers many cultural attractions, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fascinating architecture of the fortified town of Dalt Vila is housed within the Renaissance built city walls, reached by winding cobbled streets.
23 September 2024 Malta, Spain
A natural harbour on the island of Malta and one of the largest in the Mediterranean, Grand Harbour is surrounded by many forts and docks, which give it a unique character and a backdrop that is instantly recognisable. Steeped in history and maritime importance, it’s seen as one of the most iconic and strategic ports in the world, and was sought-after by various empires and civilisations, including the Phoenicians, Romans and the British Empire. During the Second World War, the harbour was heavily bombed but remained strong while playing a significant role is supporting Allied Forces.
25 September 2024 Propriano, France
Positioned on the island’s south-west coast at the head of the Valinco Gulf, Propriano is a traditional Corsican town, with a charming harbour and marina area. There are many 19th century buildings in the town, along with remains from Roman and Greek settlements. Close by is the scenic town of Sartene, with houses so tall they seem to be carved from the rockface, but also renowned for its highly rated wine, of which Rose is the most popular.
26 September 2024 Mahon, Spain
Located on the east coast of Menorca, Mahón is the largest city on the island and has a maze of narrow streets lined with Georgian architecture, including buildings with sash windows and balconies. The city has a sheltered harbour, full of islets and coves, which are home to the protected Mediterranean pillow coral.
28 September 2024 Cadiz, Spain
One of Europe’s oldest cities, Cádiz is known for its palm trees, ancient buildings and maritime history. The Old Town is home to the striking 18th century Cádiz Cathedral and over 100 watchtowers, as well as traditional Tapas bars. Tapa derives from ‘cover’, where one legend has it that bartenders would cover drinks with a saucer to keep out the dust created by the breeze in the city, and would add little treats of olives and ham to entice customers to visit again. Tapas are best served with a glass of Spanish wine from Jerez de la Frontera.
30 September 2024 La Coruna, Spain
The vibrant 9th-century port town of La Coruña, on the Iberian Peninsula, is a delicate combination of old and new architecture, with the shimmering glass of modern buildings prompting the local's to nickname it ‘The Crystal City’ juxtaposed against the deeply historical medieval district; rich in Galician culture, history, gastronomy and natural beauty. The centrepiece of this region is the Santiago de Compostela, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where is it said the Relics of James the Apostle are buried – an incentive for the pilgrims who make the journey along the Camino de Santiago each year. From climbing up the world’s oldest working lighthouse to drinking fresh Estrella Galicia beer to exploring the small collection of immaculate bays, La Coruña’s many treasures and quieter atmosphere make this a town worth discovering.
3 October 2024 Return to Newcastle Port