Leave rain and wind and snow behind and book one of the latest cruise deals on offer. With just a few clicks the dismal wintry weather of the UK can be just a distant memory. Instead of having to dress up in several layers of woolly clothes, pack the shorts, t-shirts and swimwear and head off to the sun.
Cruise ships sail the Med all year round as some of the destinations are best visited out of the hot summer months. The sun is not so intense, and the tourist spots are quieter.
There are several top 2013 offers at the moment with mouth-watering itineraries.
The first gem is a fabulous 7-night cruise departing from Barcelona. Ports of call on this cruise include Valencia; La Goulette in Tunisia; Civitavecchia the port for Rome; Genoa and Marseille before finally heading back to Barcelona. There are special deals for children and also the option to upgrade to All Inclusive for just a few pounds.
A cruise embarking from Bari, Italy, visits Katakolon on mainland Greece, the gateway to Olympus – the birthing ground of the original Olympic games. It also calls at the stunning island of Santorini, instantly recognisable by its beautiful whitewashed and blue-roofed buildings. From Santorini, the cruise ship sails northwards to Piraeus, from where passengers can take a 20-minute metro ride to the Greek capital of Athens. The Parthenon perched high on the Acropolis of Athens, the agora and the Roman Forum are all popular tourist sights.
Continuing northwards, the ship calls at romantic Venice famed for its canals, St. Mark’s Square and its sinking foundations before returning to Bari.