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Western Mediterranean Fly Cruise

Western Mediterranean Fly Cruise

23rd Sep 24, 7 nights - Mediterranean, Southern Europe, Western Mediterranean, Italy, Southern Italy, Western Europe, Adriatic Sea, Sicily, France, Côte d'Azur, Catalonia, Spain
Voyager of the Seas
  • Spectacular shows in "Broadway style"
  • Ice skating rink available
  • Tasty Asian cuisine served in "Jade" Restaurant
from £2,219 pp
Including flight
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Western Mediterranean Fly Cruise From Barcelona

Western Mediterranean Fly Cruise From Barcelona

20th Apr 25, 7 nights - Western Mediterranean, Southern Europe, Mediterranean, Italy, Spain , Balearic Islands, Catalonia, Southern Italy, Mallorca
Allure of the Seas
  • Sail onboard one of Royal Caribbeans Oasis-class cruise ships
  • Watch the Broadway hit Mamma Mia onboard for FREE
  • Aerial acrobatics performed in the "Aqua Park"
from £899 pp
Including flight
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Western Mediterranean from Barcelona with the Allure of the Seas

Western Mediterranean from Barcelona with the Allure of the Seas

20th Apr 25, 7 nights - Western Mediterranean, Southern Europe, Mediterranean, Italy, Spain , Balearic Islands, Catalonia, Southern Italy, Mallorca
Allure of the Seas
  • Aerial acrobatics performed in the "Aqua Park"
  • Lush green area in the "Central Park"
  • Opportunity to ride a zipline over 9 decks
Reduced up to -10%
from £647 pp
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Western Mediterranean Fly Cruise

Western Mediterranean Fly Cruise

29th Jul 24, 7 nights - Mediterranean, Southern Europe, Western Mediterranean, Italy, Catalonia, Western Europe, Southern Italy, Adriatic Sea, Sicily, France, Côte d'Azur, Spain
Voyager of the Seas
  • Spectacular shows in "Broadway style"
  • Ice skating rink available
  • Tasty Asian cuisine served in "Jade" Restaurant
from £1,189 pp
Including flight
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Western Mediterranean

Western Mediterranean

1st Sep 24, 7 nights - Western Mediterranean, Southern Europe, Mediterranean, Italy, Spain , Balearic Islands, Catalonia, Southern Italy, Mallorca
Oasis of the Seas
  • why Not Add A Barcelona Hotel Stay?
  • 3D cinema and waterpark for the children
  • Broad range of entertainment available
from £1,169 pp
Including flight
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Spain, France & Italy Fly Cruise From Barcelona

Spain, France & Italy Fly Cruise From Barcelona

21st Jul 24, 7 nights - Western Mediterranean, Mediterranean, Southern Europe, Italy, Spain , Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Western Europe, Catalonia, Southern Italy, France
Oasis of the Seas
  • Why Not Extend Your Holiday With A Barcelona Stay?
  • 3D cinema and waterpark for the children
  • Broad range of entertainment available
from £879 pp
Including flight
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Western Mediterranean from Barcelona with the Oasis of the Seas

Western Mediterranean from Barcelona with the Oasis of the Seas

21st Jul 24, 7 nights - Western Mediterranean, Southern Europe, Mediterranean, Italy, Spain , Balearic Islands, Catalonia, Southern Italy, Mallorca
Oasis of the Seas
  • 3D cinema and waterpark for the children
  • Broad range of entertainment available
  • Whirlpools overlooking the seas
from £1,793 pp
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Calella Hotel Stay with Western Mediterranean Cruise

Calella Hotel Stay with Western Mediterranean Cruise

10th Apr 25, 11 nights - Southern Europe, Western Mediterranean, Mediterranean, Italy, Catalonia, Western Europe, Spain , France
Allure of the Seas
  • Includes a 5 night All Inclusive beach hotel stay in Calella
  • All overseas transfers are included
  • Aerial acrobatics performed in the "Aqua Park"
from £1,499 pp
Including flight
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Western Mediterranean from Barcelona with the Allure of the Seas

Western Mediterranean from Barcelona with the Allure of the Seas

27th Apr 25, 7 nights - Western Mediterranean, Southern Europe, Mediterranean, Italy, Spain , Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Western Europe, Catalonia, Southern Italy, France
Allure of the Seas
  • Aerial acrobatics performed in the "Aqua Park"
  • Lush green area in the "Central Park"
  • Opportunity to ride a zipline over 9 decks
Reduced up to -10%
from £687 pp
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Italian Lakes & Wine Tour with Western Mediterranean Cruise

Italian Lakes & Wine Tour with Western Mediterranean Cruise

10th Sep 25, 12 nights - Southern Europe, Western Mediterranean, Mediterranean, Italy, Western Europe, France, Adriatic Sea, Sicily, Côte d'Azur, Catalonia, Spain , Southern Italy
Voyager of the Seas
  • As Seen On TV!
  • Why Not Extend Your Holiday With A Barcelona Stay?
  • Includes a 5 Night Fully Escorted Italian Lakes & Wine Tour!
from £1,999 pp
Including flight
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Western Mediterranean Cruise with Venice Stay

Western Mediterranean Cruise with Venice Stay

12th Sep 25, 10 nights - Mediterranean, Southern Europe, Western Mediterranean, Italy, Western Europe, France, Adriatic Sea, Sicily, Côte d'Azur, Catalonia, Spain , Southern Italy
Voyager of the Seas
  • Includes a 3 Nt Stay in Venice with a Transfer to the Port in Ravenna included
  • Book now for just £199pp
  • Spectacular shows in "Broadway style"
from £1,199 pp
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Western Mediterranean from Barcelona with the Allure of the Seas

Western Mediterranean from Barcelona with the Allure of the Seas

15th Apr 25, 5 nights - Southern Europe, Western Mediterranean, Mediterranean, Italy, Catalonia, Western Europe, Spain , France
Allure of the Seas
  • Aerial acrobatics performed in the "Aqua Park"
  • Lush green area in the "Central Park"
  • Opportunity to ride a zipline over 9 decks
from £619 pp
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Greek Isles Fly Cruise

Greek Isles Fly Cruise

27th Jul 24, 7 nights - Southern Europe, Mediterranean, Eastern Mediterranean, Greece, Adriatic Sea, Greek Islands, Dalmatian Coast, Western Mediterranean, Santorini, Italy, Croatia, Mykonos
Explorer of the Seas
  • Visiting Mykonos & Santorini
  • Full Cruise Line Package
  • Perfect blend of adventure with relaxation
from £1,279 pp
Including flight
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Greece & Croatia Fly Cruise

Greece & Croatia Fly Cruise

20th Jul 24, 7 nights - Mediterranean, Southern Europe, Eastern Mediterranean, Adriatic Sea, Dalmatian Coast, Greece, Croatia, Greek Islands, Italy, Western Mediterranean, Santorini
Explorer of the Seas
  • Perfect blend of adventure with relaxation
  • Parades and parties held on the "Royal Promenade"
  • Broad range of treatments at the "Vitality Spa"
from £1,219 pp
Including flight
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Greek Isles Fly Cruise

Greek Isles Fly Cruise

27th Jul 24, 7 nights - Mediterranean, Southern Europe, Eastern Mediterranean, Greece, Greek Islands, Italy, Adriatic Sea, Western Mediterranean, Santorini, Mykonos
Explorer of the Seas
  • Visiting Mykonos & Santorini
  • Full Cruise Line Package
  • Perfect blend of adventure with relaxation
from £1,389 pp
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Italy Cruises
The secret to Italy’s popularity is simple. It’s a perfect combo: great beaches, charming natural beauty, extremely rich historical and cultural treasures, amazing shopping and of course notoriously delicious Italian food. Italy is a very interesting country to explore, it is so different from north to south which makes it a perfect cruise destination. The best part is, you don’t even have to fly, since there are many Italy cruises departing from Southampton with Cunard, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean or P&O Cruises.
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Harbours for Italy

Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
-50%
from£164
Rome Cruises
Genoa, Italy
Genoa, Italy
-49%
from£45
Genoa Cruises
Naples, Italy
Naples, Italy
-50%
from£164
Naples Cruises
Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Palermo, Sicily, Italy
-37%
from£247
Palermo Cruises
Savona, Italy
Savona, Italy
from£999
Savone Cruises
Messina, Sicily, Italy
Messina, Sicily, Italy
-50%
from£486
Messina Cruises
Livorno (Florence), Italy
Livorno (Florence), Italy
-50%
from£275
Livorno Cruises
Bari, Italy
Bari, Italy
-29%
from£210
Bari Cruises
Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy
-50%
from£81
Venice Cruises
La Spezia
La Spezia
-32%
from£661
La Spezia Cruises
Cagliari, Sardinia
Cagliari, Sardinia
-50%
from£127
Cagliari Cruises
Trieste, Italy
Trieste, Italy
-29%
from£376
Trieste Cruises

Travel Tips for Italy Cruises

History & culture

When looking for a destination full of historical and cultural sights, there’s no better place than Italy. The Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Fontana di Trevi, St.Peter’s Cathedral in Rome; Uffizi Gallery, Cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore, Michelangelo’s Statue of David in Florence; St, Marks Square and Basilica, Dodge Palace, Rialto Bridge in Venice, Pompeii in Naples or Taormina in Sicily. All of the above needs little introduction and is just a teeny-tiny list of places in Italy you must visit. Pick any city and you’ll be sure to find the most exciting historical treasures there, which is part of the reason why cruising Italy is a constant delight.

Food & drink

Where to start… Italian food is loved all over the world: Neapolitan Pizza, Pasta Cacio e Pepe from Rome, Gelato from Sicily or Tuscan’s specialty – la Bistecca di Fiorentina. Italian wine requires no introduction at all, and we can all agree that there is nothing better than a glass of Barolo or Pinot Grigio in Venice? Food is an absolute highlight of any Italian cruise and a great part of understanding and exploring Italian culture.

Featured Italian Destinations to visit

Rome

La citta etterna, the eternal city. The number of places you should visit here is unbelievable and impossible to do in just one day. Ships arriving in Italy dock at Civitavecchia, which is a small city not far  from Rome, but you should keep in mind that you need around 1 hour to get from the port to the city center. Because of this, we recommend that, instead of trying to run through the whole city, just focus on one of its districts and explore it at a comfortable pace. A must-have is lunch or dinner at one of the many Roman tavernas, where we recommend you try Pasta alla Carbonara, Pasta Cacio e Pepe and Carciofi alla Romana, of course with a glass of fresh white wine.

Discover what to see and do on our Rome city guide.

Florence

Florence – capital of Toscana Region. If you are an art-lover that’s a place for you. In Florence you can find incredible collections from renowned artists, such as Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Brunelleschi and many others of the Renaissance era. The city itself is a great open-air museum, full of alluring architecture, squares, and buildings. Cruise ships usually dock at Livorno or Spezia, so please be aware that it would take you around an hour and a half to get to the city’s best highlights.

Venice

The magnificent ‘city of Canals’ is a very popular cruise destination in Italy. This beautiful, one-of-a-kind city is famous for its architecture, art, canals, and bridges. It’s curious, because even if you have never been there, you definitely have seen it: the gondolas, Rialto Bridge, St.Mark’s Square, the carnival. Venice has its own secrets and charm which attracts visitors of all ages and backgrounds: from families to honeymooners.

Read our Venice city guide to make the most of your visit.

Italian Calling Ports

What not to miss in a cruise to Italy

Taormina – Messina, Sicily

Taormina is a lovely village outside Messina located on the hilltop with dramatic views of Mount Etna. Beautiful medieval streets, great views and the ancient Greco-Roman Theatre, which is still used nowadays, make Taormina a popular cruise destination. 

Pompeii – Naples

Once upon a time Pompeii was an ancient roman city located not far away from Naples. After the tragic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD79 the whole town and its suburbs were buried under the ash and lava, hiding it for hundreds of years. Today it is a significant archeological park and a great open-air museum: well worth a visit if you are interested in customs, art, and traditions of the past.

Portofino – Spezia

A beautiful gem of the Cinque Terre, situated in the northwest of Italy. Portofino is a very small, but extremely remarkable village with fabulous pastel houses, little cozy cafes and tavernas, some luxury boutiques and of course some magnificent views on the glittering Ligurian Sea.

Tips for cruising to Italy

Currency considerations

The official currency in Italy is Euro. You can use both credit cards and cash, but keep in mind that in some shops in small villages people still prefer cash.

Customs and traditions to be aware of

We recommend you dress appropriately if you are going to visit some religious places. If you are travelling through small towns and villages, as well, you may find that shops and cafes are closed in the afternoons. Oh, and try to avoid drinking cappuccino after midday, as no Italian would ever do so.

Making the most use of short durations in port

If you want to make the most use of short cruise stops in Italy, we recommend you do some homework in advance. Prepare your itinerary, focusing on top spots rather than trying to see it all. And don’t forget: Italy is a country made for foodies, so make sure you try some local food in every port of call.

Transport

Depending on where in Italy you can use taxis, trains, ferry boats or public transport. The only thing you should always remember is that Italians love to strike, so be sure to have an alternative plan.

FAQs about cruising to Italy

  • How many cruise ports are there in Italy?

There are more than 20 cruise ports in Italy, the most popular would-be Civitavecchia (Rome), Livorno (Florence), Naples, Venice or Ravenna, Messina and Spezia

  • What months are the best for Italy cruises?

May, June, September, and October are months when there are less tourists and when the heat is not too crazy.

  • Are cruise ships banned in Venice?

Cruise ships are not banned in Venice, but in order to preserve this wonderful city big cruise ships are not allowed to dock there anymore, so they go to the nearby ports of call like Trieste and Ravenna. Small ships can still dock at the city.

  • How many days should you cruise Italy for?

There’s just so much to see! 7 to 10 days would be great for an italian cruise, this way you’ll be able to travel around all the main destinations, explore the most famous locations and try some delicious meals. But if you only have a couple of days, don’t worry, you’ll still have a chance to enjoy this beautiful country and have a little preview, so you can plan your next visit as soon as possible.

Expert Tips for Cruising Italy

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If you want to make the most use of short cruise stops in Italy, we recommend you do some homework in advance. Prepare your itinerary, focusing on top spots rather than trying to see it all. And don’t forget: Italy is a country made for foodies, so make sure you try some local food in every port of call.

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