Where did the time go? 2018 is nearly over and 2019 is hot on its heels. So, it’s time to get planning your 2019 cruise vacations. This article, in collaboration with Celebrity Cruises, is going to focus on Mediterranean cruises 2019, but if you want more general 2019 travel inspiration then click here to read another one of my articles. Now, let’s get down to some Mediterranean cruise inspiration and information for 2019. We’re going to talk about the ships, the ports, the sailings and more.
Mediterranean Cruises 2019 – A Guide
What people often forget about a cruise is that the ship you’re on makes a HUGE difference. After all, you’ll be spending a significant amount of time on board, so the ship needs to have plenty of entertainment and dining options. Celebrity Cruises have four different vessels serving their 2019 Mediterranean routes. I’m going to give you a bit of info about each so that when you’re choosing your cruise you’ll know which ship you want to be on, before we end start talking about where you want to go.
The four ships with sailings to the Mediterranean in 2019 are Edge, Constellation, Reflection and Infinity.
Constellation is one of the only ships that can call Venice its home port. It was originally launched in 2002 but will be refurbished in 2020. It has a fabulous adults-only solarium for some peace and quiet. Watch a movie on the rooftop terrace, have a drink in the famous Martini Bar, or catch a show in the theatre.
Infinity is a very similar 12 story ship with all the usual fixtures and fittings. Much like the Constellation it was first launched in the early 2000s and is due a refurb’ in 2020. Relax in the sauna in the Persian Garden, keep fit on the jogging track or watch a film on the rooftop terrace.
Reflection is a much bigger ship with over 3000 occupancy and 16 stories. It was voted Best Mediterranean Cruise Ship (Large Ship) by the Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards. She has received recent refurbishments and is the picture of modern luxury. You can shop in stores such as Tiffanys and Swiss. You can even learn the art of glass blowing on board. There is also an arts and crafts studio where you can take various classes.
Edge is a new ship. It will make its inaugural journey this December. It has a huge design focus with a modern, edgy feel; a cruise ship re-imagined. Rooms range from inside staterooms to 2 story edge villas with private plunge pools. It boasts the largest pool in Celebrity’s fleet. The resort deck is decorated with giant whimsical flowers and lots of greenery so that you don’t miss land too much. The ship also has a Magic Carpet, which is a floating venue that moves and transforms. It can go 13 stories up and can change from bar to restaurant to meeting venue.
The Mediterranean Cruise Destinations
There are a number of things to consider when choosing the perfect cruise for you and one of the biggest factors is the destinations you visit. Celebrity Cruises Mediterranean cruises cover the Western Mediterranean, the Greek Isles and the Adriatic.
The main ports in Western Europe are Barcelona, Spain and Livorno, Italy. On a Western Mediterranean cruise you’ll experience art, culture, history and phenomenal cuisine. You’ll have the chance to visit European landmarks such as the Colosseum, Cinque Terre, La Sagrada Familia and more. Chow down on traditional Carbonara IN ITALY. Munch on traditional tapas from Spain while sipping Sangria.
The Greek Isles are a stunning blue-filtered island wonderful. The main ports are Mykonos and Santorini. Santorini, famous for its white washed buildings and blue domed roofs, does get over crowded with tourists. But don’t let that put you off, it doesn’t take away from its beauty, especially if you wander off the beaten path. Try traditional Greek food like moussaka, Greek feta and baklava.
The Adriatic separates the Italian peninsula from the Balkan peninsula. The main ports are Dubrovnik, Croatia and Kotor, Montenegro. Legends, castles and sandy beaches await you in the Adriatic. Check out the many Game of Thrones locations in Dubrovnik. Visit the stunning national parks of Croatia. Taste delicious Slovenia wine, Europe’s best kept secret. A cruise through the Adriatic is sure to be unforgettable.
There are also a few new Mediterranean Cruises 2019 ports, including Nauplion (Greece), Rijeka (Croatia) and Santa Margherita (Italy). You’ll have no shortage of stunning places to visit on your 2019 cruise vacation, no matter which part of the Mediterranean you choose. If you truly cannot decide then why not combine a couple of sailings OR choose a cruise that visits all of the Mediterranean. Have a look at the sailings and see what you think.
Mediterranean Cruises 2019 – The Sailings
Celebrity Cruises offer a plethora of Mediterranean sailings for 2019, but here are some of my top picks.
There’s a 10 night French Riviera and Mediterranean cruise departing in May 2019. The ship is the Constellation and departs from Rome, Italy. It stops at Rome, Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Portofino, Nice, Provence, Sete, Valencia, Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona. Prices start from €1159 per person. You can read a more detailed itinerary here.
If you want to see the Adriatic there’s a 7 night Eastern Mediterranean and Adriatic cruise, departing July 2019. The ship is the Infinity and the cruise departs Rome and ends in Venice. It visits Rome, Sicily, Valletta, Argostoli, Dubrovnik, Zadar and Venice. Four countries in 7 days isn’t too bad! Prices start from €975 per person. You can see the full itinerary here.
For the Western Mediterranean there’s a FANTASTIC 9 night cruise departing in August 2019 on the brand new Edge!! It starts and ends in Rome. It visits Naples, Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona, Montecarlo, Santa Margherita and La Spezia. Prices start from €1770 per person. The full itinerary is available here.
Personally I’m DYING to see the new Edge ship, so I’d choose the 9 night Western Mediterranean sailing in August. The ship just looks like perfection and the stops aren’t bad either!! It is a bit more expensive than some of the others but I think it’s worth it for the extra comforts available aboard the Edge.
If you have a bit more time there is a 12 night Italy and Greek Isles cruise on the Reflection. It departs Barcelona in Sept 2019 and visits four countries. The ports are Palma de Mallorca, Sicily, Mykonos, Athens, Santorini, Rhodes, Valletta and Barcelona. Prices start from €1830 per person. Read more about the sailing here.
You can see the full list of Mediterranean Cruises available for 2019 on the Celebrity Cruise website.
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