Spring in the Gardens of the Mediterranean

1 May - 15 May 2018


14 Nights

Journey Type

Sailing from Italy


15 Ports

1-2 May

Setting sail from Naples

Naples has a reputation as a rough and ready sort of place, but there's an undeniable vitality to the city, perhaps as a result of living in the shadow of dormant Mount Vesuvius. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed city centre rewards exploration, and in addition to the many cultural treasures waiting to be unearthed Neapolitans are rightly proud of their food; this is where you'll find the best pizza in Italy. The city also acts as a gateway to the fascinating remains of Pompeii and Herculaneum, the beautiful Amalfi coast, and the islands of Capri, Ischia and Procida.

Our tip

If you are a brave driver, hire a car to tour the region; there are so many places to visit within easy reach, though this is not an experience for the faint-hearted!

2 May

Italy: Ischia Island

3 May

Italy: Amalfi

4 May

Italy: Rome (Civitavecchia)

5 May

Italy: Elba

6 May

Italy: Florence / Pisa (Livorno)

7 May

France: Calvi

8 May

Italy: San Remo

9 May

France: Menton

10 May

France: Nice (Villefranche)

11 May

France: Toulon

12 May

France: Cassis

13 May

France: Sète

14 May

Spain: Palamos

15 May

Arriving in Barcelona

Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Catalonia, is one of our favourite ports of call. From the warren-like medieval streets of the Barri Gòtic to the fantastical modernist architecture of Antoni Gaudí, from the dizzy heights of Mount Tibidabo to the golden sands of Barceloneta, there's never a dull moment in this most beguiling of cities. Take a stroll along the Ramblas, soak up the wonderful art of Picasso and Miró, or watch Lionel Messi work his mesmerising magic at the Camp Nou. Barcelona is truly a city with something for everyone.

Don't miss

Gaudí’s crowning masterpiece, the church of La Sagrada Familia, is an utterly unique building, a soaring structure that’s rich in bizarre little details. It’s also still not finished; despite the fact that construction began in 1882, the current completion date is scheduled for 2026!

The Ship

Your home from home

Island Sky at sea
Island Sky walkway
Island Sky restaurant

The much loved Island Sky is one of Noble Caledonia’s flagships and considered by some to be one of the finest small ships in the world.

What we love

Exceptionally spacious suites, many with their own balcony, have a traditional feel created by the wooden panelling and brass features. The finely decorated public rooms enhance the modern country-style and touches like multiple screens in the main lounge ensure presentations from the expedition staff can be enjoyed by all on what are usually in-depth and fascinating itineraries.

Capacity 114 Guests
Staff 75 International Staff
Style An informal and congenial atmosphere on board is driven by the communal spirit of shared exploration.
  • All meals including wine, beer and soft drinks
  • Afternoon tea
  • Tea and coffee available 24 hours
  • Expedition briefings and lectures
  • Sightseeing and excursions
  • Gratuities
Year built 1991
Last refurbished 2013
Tonnage 4,200 grt
Length 267 feet
Breadth 63 feet
More about Island Sky

Tailor-make your trip

Ways to make it better
Hotel Excelsior, Naples

Our favourite hotel in Naples

We love the Excelsior – not only is it great, but also it’s the hotel in The Sopranos!

View of Vesuvius from Pompeii

What to do in Naples

The short journey to Vesuvius, and its victims Pompeii and Herculaneum, is truly memorable.

Hotel Arts, Barcelona

Where to stay in Barcelona

The lovely Hotel Arts on the sea front is perfectly located for a pre- or post-cruise stay, and has great restaurants too.

Girona, Spain

Explore Catalonia

Take a day trip to the attractive city of Girona, with its fascinating mix of Gothic, Moorish and Modernist architecture, as well as an exceptionally well preserved Jewish Quarter.

Get in touch & let us tailor-make your perfect cruise holiday

Call us on 020 7399 7670 or visit us at our comfortable offices just off London's Regent Street.

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