Western Mediterranean Cruises

Would you like a holiday filled with historic cities and fine art, nightlife, the sun and unexpected flavours? Then a Costa Cruise to the Western Mediterranean is made for you.

The first to explore the Western Mediterranean were the Phoenicians. Braving the unknown and venturing forth towards the cardinal point where the sun sets, they went beyond the Strait of Gibraltar, sailing to the Iberian Peninsula and the coast of modern Tunisia, where they founded important cities like Barcelona and Cádiz, but most importantly Carthage.

Later, it was the turn of the Greeks, who dominated the Mare Nostrum before yielding to the power of Rome: they were responsible for the foundation of a large number of colonies in southern Italy, the famous "Magna Graecia", and the French cities of Marseille and Nice.

That's why a Western Mediterranean cruise is a must: for a journey between the shores that mark out the cradle of our history. Following the profile of islands, bays and capes, we retrace the routes of the first explorers, a thrilling tour filled with art, culture, fun, food and nature.

What are the musts? Much depends on where you want to discover, and what you love to do. But we believe, and we hope you’ll agree, that these are the top five: Savona, Marseille, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Civitavecchia.

So you know where you want to go, all you need to decide is when. Bearing in mind that the Western Mediterranean is sure to seduce at any time of year. Spring or autumn if you want to enjoy the extraordinary biodiversity of nature; summer, if you prefer the holiday atmosphere; winter, if you are looking for an unusual setting for a romantic getaway or a break from the everyday.

Itineraries, Ports and Stopovers

Italy, Spain and France: the Western Mediterranean Costa Cruise offers the very best of these age-old countries and peoples, all in one trip.

You can discover the ancient ports of Genoa and Civitavecchia, admire the grandeur of Rome, the scenery of Marseille, the architecture and nightlife of Barcelona, enjoy the Andalusian sunshine in Malaga and the sea of on-trend holiday spots like Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca.

And if you're looking for extra excitement and adventure, you can go beyond the Pillars of Hercules, up to Madeira and to the Canary Islands, for a taste of exotic atmosphere against the backdrop of extraordinary landscapes carved by volcanic eruptions.

The shores of the Mare Nostrum await. Are you ready to go?


The imposing Priamar Fortress, soaring close to the Port, is one of the symbols of a city that has a lot to offer: from an old town full of towers and churches to the wealth of local culinary treats available around the port area.


Marseille is beautiful too: just sitting in a port-front bistro, with a glass of Pastis, watching the people and the landscape. But be sure to explore the city too: the waterfront and the calanques, museums, restaurants and the Cours Julien for a shopping spree.


More than just the Sagrada Familia, La Rambla and the Camp Nou. Barcelona exudes a strong Catalan pride. You can sense it in the Picasso Museum, in the memorable architecture, in the most secluded details and in the inexhaustible nightlife of the port area.

Palma de Mallorca

The ideal place for those who love to swim in the deep blue sea by day, and to hit the town by night. But Palma also offers medieval buildings, mountains for hiking and of course the "Paseo del Borne" dedicated to shopping.


In Civitavecchia, on the Tyrrhenian coast, traces of the Etruscan past rest in the shade of the memory of Imperial Rome. But before you head to the Eternal City, Civitavecchia and the Forte Michelangelo are well worth a visit too.

Shore Excursions

Costa Cruises offers you a virtually unlimited variety of Shore Excursions and activities, so you can explore all that the Western Mediterranean has to offer, in total relaxation.

Each tour on the mainland is a wonderful opportunity to admire the wealth of culture and tradition, to fall under the spell of the spectacular scenery and delight in aromas and flavours envied the world over.

You can choose to explore Las Ramblas on a electric bike, a kayak tour with well-deserved time to relax on the beach, a visit to the ancient fishing village of Portofino, a tour amongst the scents of Marseille, a visit to Avignon, home of Popes and Templars, or a trip to the markets of Provence.

But why choose? On a Costa Cruise, if you want to, you can do it all. With beautiful memories guaranteed, on every shore excursion. So make your dream a reality: book now!

Prices, offers and promotions

A Western Mediterranean cruise offers a wide range of itineraries and rates for all your needs. Depending on the time of year, Costa Cruises offers you several options: All-Inclusive, Last Minute and Travel Packages, are just some of the customisable options available.

  • All Inclusive is ideal for those who want a holiday without thinking about anything: You can choose the cabin you want, ask for breakfast in your room and decide what time dinner is. With our Beverage Packages, you can enjoy a drink at any time of the day. And the cabin personnel are at your disposal 24/7.
  • Our Last Minute offers enable you to enjoy wonderful experiences in the most fascinating Western Mediterranean destinations, at a truly reasonable price. Who do we recommend this for? For travellers who decide on impulse, looking for adventures in new destinations.
  • Finally, if you need to reach your cruise departure city by bus, plane or train, here are our Travel Packages: everything is laid out and organised in great detail.

Discover the Western Mediterranean, depart from Savona

Discover the Western Mediterranean, depart from Naples

Discover the Western Mediterranean, depart from Palermo


Do you have limited free time, but still want to experience a Western Mediterranean cruise? Then a minicruise is the perfect solution.

For a break from the stresses and strains of everyday life, a romantic getaway or simply just because. For a gift to surprise someone special, Costa Cruises offers routes of 3 to 5 days: the perfect combination of convenience and escape, for relaxation and wonderful experiences, in total comfort.

At Costa Cruises, flexibility is one of our strengths: our anytime travel deals include routes that are sure to seduce. For example, on one of our Western Mediterranean minicruises, you can visit Savona, Marseille and Barcelona.

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