Italian Cruise Ship Destinations

Italy is known for its sheer beauty, exotic islands, and marvelous ports. Cruising is one of the leading tourism sectors in Italy and travelers from around the world flock to Italy via cruises every year to enjoy beautiful Italian destinations. There are eighty three Italian cruise ship manufacturers and shipping companies in Italy which build ships and operate cruises. Many small sized and big luxury cruise ships are built at shipyards located at Rome, Venice, Genoa, Naples, Bari, Livorno and other ports in Italy.

Italy cruise ships dock at many stations when sailing through the Mediterranean. Italian cruises from Venice and Rome sail to the eastern Mediterranean with ports of call in Turkey, Croatia, Athens, the Dalmatian Coast, Egypt and even Israel. Cruise ships from Italy also cruise around the west of the Mediterranean to countries including Spain, Morocco, and France and dock at ports of call in the Italian Riviera, French Riviera, Barcelona, Valencia, Corsica, and Sardinia.

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Popular ports of call where Italian cruises dock include Rome, Venice, Naples, Istanbul, Barcelona, Greek Isles, Messina Sicily, Izmir. Within Italy there a various popular Italian cruise ports where cruise ships dock  including the port of Genoa, Ancona, Bari, Civitavecchia, Livorno, Messina, Palermo, Naples, Portofino, Portovenere, Trieste and Venice. Cruise companies can offer shore excursions so that travelers can enjoy the inner beauty of the cities. Italian cruise ship tours can be as long as 14 days and can be as short as one day. Short cruise tours don’t offer cruise excursions as there is not enough time to explore the cities. However long cruise tours within Italy stop at various ports of call to enable the passengers enjoy the cultural diversity at various breathtaking Italian destinations.

Cruise voyages spread over 2 or more weekd stop at various ports for a day or two but cruises on short voyages stop for only few hours. Many popular cruise liners including Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises, and Carnival Cruises offer long voyages in Italy at affordable rates.