Want to take a no-fly cruise to a range of fabulous destinations? Here’s a selection of some of the most exciting cruise holidays around the Mediterranean, all leaving from UK ports

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Dghajsa in Vittoriosa Marina, Malta

Of the 1.7 million of us who took a cruise last year, 962,000 chose to cruise from British ports – and that figure will hit the million mark this year. Not only is a no-fly cruise hassle-free, but with so many departure ports to choose from, transfers are relatively straightforward. 

Last year the Mediterranean kept its top spot as our favourite cruise destination. Just as Mediterranean cruises subdivide into several seas, including the Adriatic, Ionian and Aegean, the experiences offered by destinations to this region traverse a range of cultures. For example, P&O Cruises’ 17-night central Mediterranean voyage takes you as far as the beautiful Greek Island of Corfu, continues through the azure Adriatic Sea to arrive at the walled city of Dubrovnik, and the next day you can find yourself seduced by Venice’s waterways (from Southampton, 1 October 2013, £1499pp).

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Gaudi in Barcelona

Eastern Mediterranean cruises combine a collection of must-see destinations in one package, enveloping you in a myriad of cultural treats. Celebrity Cruises have a 14-night Mediterranean Cruise calling at Malaga, Nice, Rome, Florence, Genoa, Gibraltar and Lisbon (from Southampton, 22 September 2013, from £1,500pp).

Meanwhile Cunard offers a 12-night Mediterranean Adventures voyage through Portugal and Spain (from Southampton, 24 October 2013, from £1,119pp) and a 14-night Mediterranean Celebration Cruise over Christmas (from Southampton, 23 December 2013, from £1,779pp).

Other Mediterranean cruises from the UK offer some hidden gems. Malta’s colourful history makes it a poignant port of call, with imprints remaining of its turbulent past. It’s included on P&O’s 18-night Western Mediterranean cruise (from Southampton, 20 December 2013, from £2,279pp), but if you have more time, their 24-night Eastern Mediterranean cruise is worth investigating. As well as Malta, it heads out to Turkey, the Ukraine, the Greek Island of Lesbos, Athens and Vigo, (from Southampton, 7 September 2013, from £1,939pp).

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Topkapi Palace in Istanbul dominates the skyline

Fred. Olsen’s 28-night Turkish and Greek Odyssey touches Africa with a visit to the maze-like 13th century medina and souks in Tunis, and includes an overnight stay in Istanbul to appreciate the contrasting aspects of the city, divided by the Galata Bridge (from Dover, 19 October 2013, from £2,899pp).

If Mediterranean cities are the pull, then Royal Caribbean have a 14-night Western Mediterranean voyage including Cannes, Barcelona and Valencia (from Southampton, 13 October 2013, from £849pp). Plus, Princess have a 17-night Mediterranean and Adriatic cruise with highlights including Seville, Venice and Dubrovnik (from Southampton, 9 September 2013, from £1,199pp).

Italy-lovers will adore Royal Caribbean’s 14-night Italian Mediterranean cruise (from Southampton, 4 August 2013, from £1,396pp). Alternatively Princess Cruises’ 14-night Mediterranean Medley voyage visits Florence/Pisa, Rome, Naples (for Capri and Pompeii) as well as stunning Monaco (from Southampton, 27 July 2013, from £1,119pp).

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