A look at the upcoming Mediterranean cruise season
The second largest cruise market in the world, the Mediterranean is preparing for a full 2022 season.
According to the latest edition of Annual cruise industry news reportthe region will concentrate nearly 19% of the year’s overall cruise capacity, with 176 ships and more than 5.5 million passengers.
Cruise Industry News looked at the projects of some of the major players in the destination:
Ships: 11 – MSC Seaview, MSC Meraviglia, MSC Seaside, MSC Splendida, MSC Orchestra, MSC Opera, MSC Fantasia, MSC Musica, MSC Lirica, MSC Sinfonia, MSC Armonia
Sailing season: March 26 to November 13
Homeports: Genoa, Civitavecchia, Palermo, Taranto, Trieste, Ancona, Bari, Marghera and Monfalcone (Italy); Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Valencia and St. Cruz de Tenerife (Spain); Marseille, France); Piraeus (Greece); Limassol (Cyprus) and more
Highlights of the route: Valletta, La Spezia, Cannes, Messina, Naples, Ibiza, Syracuse, Olbia, Split, Kotor, Zadar, Mykonos, Corfu, Santorini, Rhodes, Kusadasi, Brindisi, Olbia, Alicante, Menorca, Malaga and more
The market leader in the region, MSC Cruises will have 11 cruise ships operating full summer schedules in the Mediterranean in 2022.
The brand offers several routes in the Western and Eastern Mediterranean. Most cruises feature MSC’s interport practice which allows passengers to board at several different ports on the same itinerary.
Ships: Seven – Costa Toscana, Costa Firenze, Costa Smeralda, Costa Venezia, Costa Deliziosa, Costa Pacifica and Costa Luminosa
Sailing season: March 5 to November 12
Homeports: Savona, Civitavecchia, Genoa, Bari and Trieste (Italy); Barcelona, Valencia and Palma de Mallorca (Spain); Marseille, France); Istanbul (Turkey) and more
Highlights of the route: Izmir, Kusadasi, Bodrum, Rhodes, Mykonos, Naples, Ibiza, Katakolon, Piraeus, Split, Kotor, Palermo, Cagliari, Santorini, Valletta and more
After two years of limited operations in the region, Costa Cruises is planning a full summer schedule in the Mediterranean in 2022.
Seven ships are expected to spend the season around the destination, offering routes to the western and eastern Mediterranean. The highlight of the program is the first full season of the new LNG-powered Costa Toscana and the return of the 2019-built Costa Venezia, which is launching new routes from Turkey.
Royal Caribbean International
Ships: Five – Wonder of the Seas, Odyssey of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas, Vision of the Seas and Rhapsody of the Seas
Sailing season: May 7 to October 31
Homeports: Barcelona, Spain); Civitavecchia and Ravenna (Italy); Piraeus (Greece); Haifa (Israel) and more
Highlights of the route: La Spezia, Palma de Mallorca, Naples, Mykonos, Santorini, Limassol, Rhodes, Kusadasi, Chania, Tarragona, Argostoli, Kotor, Corfu, Marina di Carrara, Cannes, Villefranche, Toulon, Ajaccio, Portofino and more
Royal Caribbean International is forecasting a strong Mediterranean season in 2022. The five-ship schedule includes the brand’s newest ship, the 5,448-passenger Wonder of the Seas.
The season will also mark the debut of a new home base: Ravenna, where the company plans to build and operate a cruise terminal in the future. Another highlight is a series of cruises from Israel aboard the Rhapsody of the Seas.
Ships: Three – AIDAcosma, AIDAstella and AIDAblu
Sailing season: April 10 to November 3
Homeports: Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona (Spain); Civitavecchia (Italy); Corfu (Greece)
Highlights of the route: Ajaccio, Civitavecchia, La Spezia, Cartagena, Valencia, Malaga, Naples, Livorno, Olbia, Cannes, Marseille, Palermo, Cagliari, Menorca, Trieste, Chania, Santorini, Kusadasi, Bari, Zadar, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Valletta, Crotone and continued
AIDA is deploying three vessels in the Mediterranean for the 2022 summer season.
Offering on-the-fly cruises for German-speaking audiences, the company will see its newest ship, the AIDAcosma, spend its inaugural season in the region. Departing from Barcelona and Palma de Mallorca, the 5,400-passenger ship is expected to offer seven-night Western Mediterranean cruises throughout the season.
Norwegian cruise line
Ships: Four – Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Gem and Norwegian Jade
Sailing season: May 2 to September 13
Homeports: Civitavecchia and Trieste (Italy); Barcelona, Spain); Piraeus (Greece); and Haifa (Israel)
Highlights of the route: Livorno, Cannes, Palma de Mallorca, Ajaccio, Dubrovnik, Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes, Patmos, Messina, Corfu, Kusadasi, Argostoli, Kotor, Split, Istanbul, Volos, Piraeus and more
After becoming one of the first international cruise lines to resume service in the Mediterranean in 2021, Norwegian Cruise Line plans a due of four ships in the destination in 2022.
With itineraries in the Western and Eastern Mediterranean, the program includes Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Epic, in addition to Norwegian Gem and Norwegian Jade.
Other cruise lines sailing in the Mediterranean this year include:
- Celebrity Cruises
- TUI Cruises
- Marella Cruises
- P&O Cruises
- Celestial Cruises
- Princess Cruises
- Virgin trips
- Viking Ocean Cruises
- Mano Cruises
- Cruises in Oceania
- Holland America Line
- Miray Cruises
- Olsen Cruise Line
- Selectum Blue
- Windstar Cruises
- Phoenix Reisen
- Disney cruise line
- Star Clippers
- Saga Cruises
- Ritz-Carlton Hotel
- Atlas Ocean Voyages
- Noble Caledonia
- Cruise Line Ambassador
- Tradewind Travel
- SeaDream Yacht Club
- and more