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The Pristine Amalfi Coast in Italy

ITALY CRUISES

Eat, pray and love your way through tasty trattorias, calming cathedrals and romantic retreats with a cruise to Italy.

Cruise to Italy and contemplate world-class art and architecture, timeless natural scenery and a food and wine scene against which all others are judged. Roam the lively streets of the Eternal City of Rome, and see the Colosseum in its massive, ancient glory. Check out the unmistakable Duomo ("dome") of Florence, and taste your way through the wineries of the nearby Chianti hills. Ride a gondola down the serpentine canals of Venice, see the brilliant gold mosaics of St. Mark's Basilica, or hike volcanic Mount Vesuvius and refuel with a classic Neapolitan pizza in Naples. Discover the magic with a Italy cruise.

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The Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, Rome, Italy

THE ULTIMATE HISTORY CLASS

Whether you traipse through the "Eternal City" of Rome or get lost in the museums and chapels of Florence, history lives in Italy — and outside it. Trips to the city-states of San Marino and Vatican City make for great excursions during your vacation onboard the best Italy cruises. 

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History class comes alive in Italy's iconic structures and celebrated art galleries. From gazing upward at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, to combing through the dozens of timeless works that make Florence's Uffizi Gallery famous (including "The Birth of Venus"), Italy's artistic heritage is as impressive in the big picture as it is in the finer details.

Santa Maria del Fiore Gothic Church in Florence, Italy

LIVE FOREVER IN ETERNAL CITIES

Rome is Italy's Eternal City, with its massive Colosseum and the ruins of the Roman Forum, but there are other spots here with roots equally as deep. In Florence, visit the Gothic church of Santa Maria del Fiore, built on the site of a 7th-century chapel. In Venice, you can set foot in 9th-century St. Mark's Basilica and see the dazzling gold mosaics from Byzantine times.

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VISIT A CITY-STATE (OR TWO)

Regardless of your religious beliefs, no trip to Rome is complete without a tour of Vatican City, where the splendor transcends its Catholic identity. From Florence or Venice, visit the mountainous micro-country of San Marino, which boasts an 11th-century citadel that rests hundreds of feet above the ground.

Tuscany Region, Italy Journey

JOURNEY BY FOOT AND FORK

Take advantage of Italy's varied topography with hikes in the hills of Tuscany or through the villages of Cinque Terre. Enjoy world-class food scene, perfect for culinary aficionados who don't mind a little indulgence when you cruise to Italy. 

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WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

Who says Italy is only churches, pizza and high-brow art? Take a hike through the hills of the Tuscany region or have a dip in the crystalline waters of Capri, where the harbor is filled with yachts as far as the eye can see. From the pristine coasts to the rolling hills, Italy is a natural beauty.

Venice, Italy Canals and Gondolas

DARE TO STRAY

Even if you stick to "mainstream" Italian destinations, you can still spice up your time in Italy. Ride a vaporetto (a local form of taxi boat) from Venice to the colorful island of Burano, or take a westward train ride from the  port city of La Spezia  to the lush coast of Cinque Terre. These are great alternatives to going south and east to Florence or Pisa.

Italy, Rome Local Restaurant

TWIRL YOUR FORK

Sophia Loren famously said that she'd rather eat pasta and drink wine than be a size zero, which is a great attitude to have while visiting Italy. Indulge in the notorious pizza of Naples or the award-winning pastas of Rome's Trastevere district — you'll need the energy for exploring cities on foot.

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GET ROMANTIC IN ROME

Before boarding the  best cruises from Rome , explore the ancient streets once trodden by gladiators and great artists alike. Kick off your dreamiest cruise yet by feasting on pasta, pizza and local wines.

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STEP FOOT ON EXOTIC SHORES

Cruise to the warm, crystal-clear waters of the  Amalfi Coast , Greece, Spain and France. Relax on the world's most unique beaches, explore ancient historical architecture and indulge in favorite local dishes.

WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO Italy Cruises Insider

The best time to go to Italy depends on your preferences as a traveler. While summer is better for days at the beach and nights dining al fresco, winter boasts lighter crowds and lower prices. The "shoulder" seasons of spring and autumn, meanwhile, provide the best of both worlds.

Italy's weather is likewise good year-round, certainly among the best in Europe. Winters here are relatively mild, with rarely more than a light snow once or twice a season. Summer temperatures can get up into the '90s, but thanks to the climate, you can have a sunny, mild day here any time of the year.

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Bring along a dictionary or download Italian in your phone's translation app. In spite of its popularity as a travel destination, English isn't commonly spoken, particularly in the south.

Mind your valuables: Pickpocketers crowd Italy's popular tourist areas.

Pick 2 to 3 activities per day, max. Part of enjoying Italy is living at the local pace, and Italians are never in much of a hurry.

FOR FOODIE'S CUISINE WITH A PAST-A

Italian cuisine is popular all over the world, but you've never really eaten it until you've had it in Italy. From familiar favorites like pizza and pasta, to a delightful variety of Italian meats and finishing touches like bitter espresso and sweet gelato, food is an essential part of the Italy travel experience.

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LEANING TOWERS OF PIZZA

As its name suggests, Dal Presidente Pizza in Naples is famous because President Bill Clinton enjoyed its pizza during a visit. Whether you choose a simple margherita (mozzarella and tomato) or a complex capricciosa (the heat cooks the raw egg on top of it), Neapolitan pizza is sure to get your vote.

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NEXT-LEVEL NOODLES

Pasta in Italy will change your life, whether you choose egg-and-bacon carbonara or pasta primavera, which pairs farfalle with fresh seasonal vegetables. No matter where in the country you are, choose a place that makes its pasta fresh — and one where patrons speak more Italian than English.

Original Italian Gelato

SCOOP IT UP

Gelato is not just "Italian ice cream." It uses more milk and fewer eggs (zero, in fact) than ice cream, but that's just the start of why it's essential to Italian dining. Try classic flavors like rich stracciatella (milk flavor with chocolate shavings) and fruity amarena, which tastes like cherries.

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Want to learn more about the best Italy cruise ports? Visit Civitavecchia to explore the port of Rome, bustling Naples and the yacht-filled Isle of Capri. Venice is more than just canals and gondolas, while La Spezia is an ideal entry point to both Florence's Renaissance-era art and Pisa's Leaning Tower.

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Bologna (Ravenna), Italy Piazza Maggiore

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You don't have to search all that hard to find the best Italy cruises — most leading cruise lines offer dozens of itineraries that visit Italian ports, often in conjunction with neighboring countries France, Greece and Croatia.

The reason? Italy has it all: coastlines on both the Mediterranean and the Adriatic, historic port cities (Rome, Venice and Naples among them) and spectacular islands (including Sicily, Sardinia, Capri and Elba).

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Plus, with a cruise season that runs from early April through late October (and even year-round for a few cruise lines), Italy offers something for everyone. Travel here to find an alluring mix of impeccably preserved historic sites, renowned regional cuisines and natural wonders waiting to be discovered.

Here are eight of the best Italy cruises for every type of traveler.

Best Italy cruises for cultural immersion: Azamara

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Azamara pioneered the concept of single-country itineraries, which allow for greater cultural immersion and even overnight stays in select ports. The cruise line's 11-night voyage in October 2024 is one of its most comprehensive.

The sailing begins in Monte Carlo, Monaco, and ends in Rome (Civitavecchia), with visits to seven more Italian ports and Tunis, Tunisia. You'll explore Genoa, Livorno (overnight for Florence/Pisa), Porto Santo Stefano (on the Tuscan coast), Cagliari (on Sardinia), Trapani (on Sicily), Amalfi and Sorrento.

This voyage is aboard the 684-passenger Azamara Onward, one of the cruise line's four virtually identical ships. (All are former Renaissance R-class ships built in the early 2000s and renovated over the past several years.) The vessels' intimate size and Azamara's focus on cultural experiences and shore excursions emphasizing history and food (including cooking classes and market tours) make for an immersive cruise itinerary.

Other Italy-Intensive voyages in 2023 and 2024 include the following: a 10-night voyage in October 2023 aboard Azamara Quest, a 10-night voyage in April 2024 aboard Azamara Pursuit, and a seven-night voyage in May 2024 aboard Azamara Quest.

Best Italy cruises for small-ship lovers: Windstar Cruises

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It's rare to find a cruise itinerary so fully focused on one specific region of Italy, but Windstar Cruises ' small ships — three classic sailing yachts and three all-suite motor yachts, which accommodate 148 to 342 guests — allow it to offer cruises to less-frequented ports.

Windstar's 10-day Sicilian Splendors , aboard its 342-passenger sailing yacht Wind Surf, is available on multiple dates in 2023, 2024 and 2025. The ship will cruise round-trip from Rome and call on six Italian ports: Catania (for Mount Etna), Porto Empedocle (for the ancient ruins at Agrigento) and Trapani (for its signature colored salts and Marsala wines), all in Sicily; the island of Lipari (the largest of seven Aeolian Islands); and Sorrento and Amalfi on the stunning Amalfi Coast. The cruise also visits the neighboring islands of Malta and Gozo.

Five-masted Wind Surf is the world's largest sailing ship. It manages to be intimate without feeling claustrophobic, although it is worth noting that none of its staterooms or suites has a balcony. There is, however, ample deck space for relaxation, with a pool and two hot tubs, as well as inviting alfresco bars and dining areas.

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Indoors, the ship's restaurants and social spaces, such as the Veranda Restaurant, Stella Bistro and the Compass Rose Bar, are light-filled, with elegant neutral decor refreshed in 2019.

Musical entertainment takes place in the Wind Surf Lounge and Compass Rose Bar, and Windstar's excellent dining program reflects an ongoing partnership with the James Beard Foundation. In select tender ports, passengers can enjoy a watersports platform and take out sea kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.

Best Italy cruises for onboard pampering: Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

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If enjoying yacht-style indulgence as you explore Southern Italy is on your cruise wish list, consider the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's 10-night Rome to Valletta itinerary in May 2024. This cruise visits scenic hot spots such as Sorrento and Amalfi on the Amalfi Coast, history-rich Siracusa in Sicily and three ports (Gallipoli, Taranto and Otranto) in lesser-known Puglia, located on the heel of boot-shaped Italy, before passengers disembark in Malta.

Ritz-Carlton, which entered the cruise realm in 2021 with its 298-passenger luxury yacht, Evrima , offers an all-inclusive "yachting lifestyle" experience. This leisurely sailing features overnights in Sorrento and Taranto and two sea days with ample ways to enjoy onboard pampering. The ship's spacious suites are designed with a contemporary residential feel and range in size from 300 square feet with an 81-square-foot terrace to 1,091 square feet with a 635-square-foot terrace.

Evrima also offers nine bars and dining venues featuring menus created to reflect the ports visited. For culinary indulgence, guests can book a table at S.E.A., a specialty dining experience designed by Chef Sven Elverfeld of Aqua, the Michelin three-starred restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton in Wolfsburg, Germany.

The ship also features chicly designed spaces for relaxing and socializing, such as the Pool House lounge overlooking an aft infinity pool, a second pool located next to the alfresco restaurant Mistral, a panoramic Observation Lounge and a full-service Ritz-Carlton Spa.

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Best Italy cruises for foodies: Silversea Cruises

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The three newest ships in the Silversea Cruises fleet — Silver Moon, Silver Dawn and 2023's first-in-class Silver Nova — all feature the cruise line's immersive culinary program known as S.A.L.T. (Sea and Land Taste). When Silversea's next ship, the 728-passenger Silver Ray, debuts in 2024, it will also take its guests on culinary-focused journeys — among them an 11-day Rome to Venice itinerary in June 2024.

The itinerary includes calls on seven ports in Italy: Rome, Naples, Sorrento, Palermo, Siracusa, Trieste and Venice. The sailing also visits ports in Malta, Montenegro and Croatia.

Silversea's sailings blend food-centric excursions — such as a visit to a family farm for a tasting of fresh cheese, salami and olive oil in Sorrento — with the onboard S.A.L.T. program to make sampling local cuisine a natural part of the cruise experience. The day-to-day menus at S.A.L.T. Kitchen are all inspired by the ports visited. The Terrain menu focuses on that day's port while the Voyage menu draws from the best flavors of the entire itinerary.

Passengers aboard Silver Ray should definitely pack an appetite — in addition to S.A.L.T. Kitchen, the ship features seven other restaurants. They are La Dame for haute French cuisine, Atlantide for signature fine dining (think caviar and lobster), Kaiseki for Japanese sushi and teppanyaki (as well as pan-Asian dishes), Silver Note for tapas-style dining and live music, The Grill for casual burgers and salads, La Terrazza for handmade pasta and other Italian specialties, and Spaccanapoli for thin-crusted Naples-style pizza. With 11 nights aboard, there's time to sample all of them.

Related: The ultimate guide to cruise ship food and dining

Best Italy cruises for families: Norwegian Cruise Line

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If an Italy adventure with the entire family sounds like the perfect cruise vacation in 2024, Norwegian Cruise Line 's new Norwegian Viva, launching in August 2023 as the sister ship to 2022's Norwegian Prima, is an ideal playground for guests of all ages.

The most Italy-focused itinerary? The 10-day Mediterranean: Italy, Greece & Croatia cruise (offered aboard 3,099-guest Viva in late June and late September 2024) calls on six ports in Italy — Rome, Livorno, Naples, Messina, Siracusa and Trieste — as well as the islands of Corfu and Malta; Koper, Slovenia; and Dubrovnik and Split in Croatia.

This itinerary is rich in history and culture, including the ancient landmarks of Rome, the archeological wonders of Pompeii and the Leaning Tower of Pisa near Livorno, plus the beauty and culinary treats (sweet cannoli and savory arancini) of Sicily, where Viva makes two port calls. Though the cruise ends in Trieste, the wonders of Venice are just 90 minutes away, so adding a few extra nights to explore its colorful, canal-laced islands is a must.

Onboard Viva, you'll enjoy more than a dozen dining options (five of them complimentary, including the casual and family-friendly Indulge Food Hall), 16 bars and lounges and all the fun activities/entertainment (including a production of the Broadway hit "Beetlejuice: The Musical") that the line offers.

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Top amenities include the three-deck Viva Speedway for exhilarating go-kart racing, three thrilling slides (two of them 10-story corkscrew dry slides and one tidal-wave-style waterslide), virtual-reality gaming in the Galaxy Pavilion, tech-enhanced minigolf and more. Also, Viva's generous outside deck space — especially Deck 8's Ocean Boulevard with its lively Indulge Outdoor Lounge and sleek Infinity Beach pools — is ideal for scenic cruising in the Mediterranean and Adriatic.

Best Italy cruises for couples: Oceania Cruises

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The sophisticated onboard ambiance and a romantic itinerary are a lovely combination, and couples can enjoy both on the 12-night Mediterranean Tapestry sailing offered in June 2024 aboard Oceania Cruises ' newest vessel, Oceania Vista.

The 1,200-passenger ship, which debuted in May 2023, will visit four top ports in Italy — Venice/Trieste in Northern Italy, Taormina in Sicily, Amalfi/Positano in Southern Italy and Civitavecchia for a day in Rome.

Beyond Italy, this itinerary offers a sampling of scenic locales in six other Adriatic and Mediterranean countries with a possible pre-cruise stay in Venice. You'll visit Korcula and Split in Croatia; Kotor, Montenegro; Igoumanitsa and Katakolon in Greece; Ajaccio, Corsica; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Marseille, France; and Barcelona, Spain.

Oceania caters to couples seeking an upscale cruise experience with a culinary focus. Onboard Vista, the atmosphere is sleek and polished, with interior decor awash in elegant neutrals of varying patterns and textures, all woven together into a soothing mosaic (in some cases, literally, as tiled vignettes are used throughout the ship). Vista's bars and lounges, especially the Martini Bar and the Grand Lounge, are so chic you'll want to get dressed up every night to enjoy one of the craft cocktails on their newly enhanced menus.

All specialty dining is included in the cruise fare, and stand-out meals at Polo Grill (for an excellent steakhouse menu), Toscana (for authentic Italian, including recipes by Vista's godmother Giada De Laurentiis) and Red Ginger (for flavorful pan-Asian) are just a reservation away. Two new eateries, Aquamar Kitchen and Ember, serve wellness-focused cuisine and casual American comfort food, respectively, and an expanded Culinary Arts Center lets guests who love to cook take hands-on classes.

Best of all, Vista is an all-balcony ship, so every stateroom features access to fresh air (French Veranda Staterooms don't have an outdoor sitting area, however). Veranda Staterooms and Concierge Level Veranda Staterooms offer a spacious 290 square feet of indoor space — and some of the best standard bathrooms at sea with roomy walk-in showers and ample storage.

Related: The best cruises for couples seeking romance and together time at sea

Best Italy cruises for travelers on a budget: Royal Caribbean

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To score a budget cruise fare in the Mediterranean, it helps to look for sailings aboard a cruise line's older ships. If Italy is your main focus for a future cruise, it's hard to beat the seven-night Western Mediterranean itinerary in September 2024 aboard Royal Caribbean 's Voyager of the Seas.

It visits five Italian ports: Venice/Ravenna, Messina in Sicily, Naples, Rome and Livorno (for Florence and Pisa). The ship also calls on Marseille and Barcelona. Voyager's Italy-focused cruise is a jam-packed itinerary with just one sea day.

Ideal for both couples and multi-generational families, the 3,600-passenger Voyager of the Seas (which debuted in 1999 and was last refurbished in 2019) features seven restaurants (including three complimentary dining venues and specialty restaurant favorites Chops Grille and Giovanni's Table) and eight bars/lounges.

The ship has been "amped-up" so guests can enjoy features found on Royal Caribbean's newer ships: Perfect Storm waterslides, FlowRider simulated surfing, Battle for Planet Z laser tag, Voyager Dunes minigolf, Studio B ice-skating shows and reimagined spaces for kids and teens.

Nights aboard Voyager of the Seas will be filled with complimentary entertainment options: production shows in the Royal Theater, pub performances by guest entertainers and bands, game-show competitions, pool parties, outdoor movie nights and a '70s disco party.

Best Italy cruises for adults-only ambiance: Viking

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Is Venice at the top of your wish list? Does an adults-only cruise on a ship with serene, Scandinavian-inspired interior decor and complimentary wine or beer with lunch and dinner sound ideal?

If so, check out Viking 's 15-night Italy, the Adriatic and Greece itinerary , which sails from Athens to Rome and visits six Italian ports — Venice/Chioggia, Bari, Crotone, Messina, Naples and Rome — with three days spent in Venice. As a bonus, you'll also visit ports in Greece (Katakolon and Corfu), Croatia (Dubrovnik, Split and Sibenik) and Montenegro (Kotor).

Offered on multiple dates in fall 2023, 2024 and 2025, this itinerary is chock full of port experiences; there are no sea days, and a total of 13 cities are visited. Viking includes one free guided shore excursion in each port, usually a panoramic bus tour or historic walking tour. Use that as an overview and then explore on your own or book one of the cruise line's longer or more specialized excursions. Onboard guest speakers also offer insight into the ports visited and the cultural landscape.

The cruise line's nine ocean ships are all identical and accommodate 930 passengers, most of whom are couples over age 55. Onboard dining is available in eight restaurants, including the main venue, The Restaurant and the buffet-style World Cafe, the casual Pool Grill and the Norwegian-focused Mamsen's. Guests can also reserve dinner at two specialty restaurants (at no extra charge): Manfredi's for Italian cuisine and The Chef's Table for multi-course, wine-paired menus that rotate throughout the cruise.

Afternoon tea is served in the elegant Wintergarden. The Aquavit Terrace overlooking the aft infinity pool is a sunny spot to enjoy alfresco dining.

If you're willing to come back early from port, Viking's ocean ships offer plenty of ways to relax on board. All passengers enjoy complimentary access to the ship's thermal suite in the LivNordic Spa. It features a thalassotherapy pool, steam room, sauna and snow room. The Main Pool has a retractable roof and can be enjoyed no matter what the weather. However, if you want to live it up at night, note that the ship does not have an onboard casino.

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The best Italy cruises offer access to some of the country's most-loved cities, as well as a chance to explore some of its sunny islands and lesser-known coastal ports. No matter the itinerary, you're guaranteed to enjoy the splendid landscapes, treasured antiquities and, of course, the incredible gelato.

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Cruise to Italy and visit some of the world's most beautiful and historic cities on your all-inclusive Italy cruise holiday. Experience the magnificence of the peninsula along the Mediterranean coastline as you travel through the Tyrrhenian Sea, Ionian Sea and Adriatic Sea. Home to some of the most iconic works of art and exquisite cuisines, an Italian cruise is one not to miss. Experience the best of Italy on a 8-Day Mediterranean Cruise from Rome or maybe a 10-Day Greek Isles & Italy Cruise from Rome .

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Enjoy more than two and a half thousand years of history, art, and culture in Rome . Sip Italian espresso in a quaint café, journey to an ancient time at the iconic Colosseum, or marvel at the Sistine Chapel during your visit to the Vatican City. Or simply admire the sweeping views of Capri in Naples . Feel free to explore the past in contemporary style with Norwegian.

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What to Do on an Italy Cruise

Your cruise to Italy may have various stops depending on your port for departure and length of travel but there are a few things you must do on your holiday. Plan your days for each port to enjoy the sites. From Cannes, France; Barcelona, Spain; Naples, Italy to Athens, Greece there are many historical sites and world-renowned artwork to see. Eat local cuisines from each port such as pasta, tapas, wine and pastries. Shop like a local at various markets and for high-end fashion items.

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Cruise to Italy from Rome and sip an espresso whilst you explore two and a half thousand years of history of art and culture before your departure.

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Cruise to Italy from Athens and explore the oldest city in Europe, home to the Acropolis and many important architectural structures, before your departure.

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Cruise to Italy from Barcelona and explore iconic sites, like Park Güell or the medieval streets of Barri Gotic, before your departure.

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Visit the ruins of Pompeii, an excavation site so perfectly preserved that you can still see fine details from over 1,700 years ago. Admire the majesty of St. Peter's Basilica during your visit to the Vatican City. Wind your way towards Mount Etna as you pass picturesque towns. Stroll through the magnificent city of Florence and its stunning architecture. Or have a taste of Italy's finest wines during a tour of the Tuscan countryside. Explore the best of Italy on a shore excursion.

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An Italy Cruise Holiday for the Whole Family

There are family holidays. Then there are the kinds of awe-inspiring holidays your family will remember forever. Sail on an Italy Cruise with Norwegian and discover the ease and convenience of unpacking once and experiencing it all. Freedom, flexibility and family entertainment offered on Italy cruises allows guests of all sizes to experience the best holiday ever. Because on family holidays, it's all about options. And Norwegian's got them, from accommodations that fit all families to delicious dining choices even finicky eaters can't refuse. We haven't forgotten about teens - they also have an exclusive onboard refuge at Entourage.

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Experience an Italy cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line and enjoy freedom of choice all along the way. Whether you're bringing the whole crew and staying in a Family Balcony, kicking it solo in a Studio or enjoying the views of Rome from an oceanview stateroom with some of your best friends, we've got just the room for you.

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Stay in our Suites - our most luxurious, spacious and well-appointed accommodations. with our award-winning private suites and family accommodations you're always guaranteed a great place to rest.

Freedom & Flexibility For Your ITALY CRUISE

Freedom & Flexibility Whilst Cruising to Italy

Discover the vast beauty, endless activity, and rich culture of the Adriatic and Mediterranean on an Italy cruise. Only Norwegian Cruise Line offers more choices of what to do and see, and more freedom to do it your way. That's the freedom and flexibility Norwegian offers. Unpack once and journey from city to city. Enjoy everything that Italy has to offer from Rome to Naples then return to the cruise ship to a variety of onboard activities, one-of-a-kind entertainment, and dining options. Dress up for a romantic evening or enjoy a casual dining experience with the whole family. Do what makes you happy with no restrictive timetables, ever. Because your holiday is exactly that - yours.

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Cruises to Italy & Amalfi Coast

Italy is so photogenic; it’s almost as if the entire country was built for wanderlust-inducing travel pictures. Whether this is your first time, or you’ve been before, an Italy cruise offers a new angle and the convenience of unpacking just once as you go from remote coastal towns to big cities. Our Italy cruise itineraries are unmatched in scope, bringing you to iconic destinations like the Eternal City of Rome (Civitavecchia),  the Amalfi Coast, and Vatican City,  along with seldom-visited jewels. Wander seashell-pink villages stacked precipitously along the Adriatic Sea on Italy cruises to Amalfi. Float Venice’s canals while a gondolier sings a lovely serenade. Sip chianti al fresco as the late sun bathes Rome in golden light. Taste classic Naples pizza that was perfected generations ago. On a cruise to Italy, experience an Italian vacation so immersive, you’ll forever feel at home in the region.

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Highlights from Cruises to Italy

The best way to explore the italian coast.

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Roman History & Culture

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Feast for the Eyes

Featured italy cruise ports.

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

Rome is Italy's beating heart, full of Rennaissance cathedrals and piazzas begging for you to sit and sip espresso.

Venice, Italy

Known as the city the floats on water, and the highlight of any cruise to Italy, Venice needs no further introduction.

Livorno (Florence), Italy

Florence is a dream Italian cruise destination for Renaissance-era sightseeing. But it’s a foodie haven too with family-run tripe wagons, wine bars and trattorias.

Ravenna (San Marino), Italy

A walker’s paradise and shopper’s mecca, Ravenna is home to the Basilica of Sant' Apollinare Nuovo, with its intricate mosaics; Dante’s tomb (author of The Divine Comedy); posh boutiques, and cafés.

Portoferraio (Elba), Italy

On your Italian cruise, visit Villa San Martino, the summer residence of Emperor Napoleon, and wander Portoferraio's centuries-old labyrinth of alleys.

Catania, Sicily, Italy

Sicily's second-largest city is intimately connected to the active volcano that towers above it. The smoking, gurgling peak of Mt. Etna, one of the island's most iconic landmarks, shaped Catania significantly.

Palermo, Italy

Palermo is a jumble of old and new. Explore ancient attractions, such as the mosaics of the Palatine Chapel (en Italiana: “Cappella Palatina”). Or, take a day trip to the seaside Cefalù.

Taormina, Italy

Perched on a hilltop, Taormina has an ancient theater and dramatic views of the scalloped coastline. An active volcano looms over this stunning city.

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The 7 Best Cruises for Experiencing Italy’s Scenic and Culinary Bounty

The best italy cruises bring travelers off the beaten path to explore some of the mediterranean country’s less-visited treasures..

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Visiting Sicily is a must on any Italy sailing.

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When it comes to Italy cruises, your best bet is to go with a small-ship sailing. Big ships tend to do the tried and true— Rome , Venice , Florence , Naples—not that there’s anything wrong with seeing the Colosseum, St. Mark’s Square, Michelangelo’s David , and the ruins of Pompeii . But on the best cruises around Italy, there’s opportunity to go deeper and at a slower pace.

You’ll often still be able to check off major marquee attractions, while at the same time admiring the pastel-colored villages and hairpin roadways along the Amalfi Coast, the unspoiled landscapes of Puglia, the drama of Sicily, or the dreamy Ligurian coast. In addition to visiting off-the-beaten-path places, small ships tend to linger in ports, with the best itineraries including late evening or overnight stays. That way, there’s time to sample the dining scene—key for cruisers like me who like to try the local pasta dish in every town.

The best time for an Italy cruise

The main season for Italy cruises is April to October, coinciding with weather that increases the allure of beaches and outdoor attractions, even if visiting ancient ruins in the heat of summer may require some fortitude.

Where Italy cruises sail

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Some small-ship sailings stop in the Amalfi town of Positano.

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Amalfi Coast

Along the famed Amalfi Coast , ships visit Sorrento, overlooking the bay of Naples, and colorful Amalfi, dramatically backed by steep cliffs. Some itineraries also including the strikingly beautiful Positano. Smaller yacht vessels may sail directly to the fancy island of Capri (otherwise there will be a shore excursion, as with the larger ships). Among other shore choices in this region is a visit to ancient Pompeii.

Italy cruise itineraries often land at several ports on Sicily, and some itineraries circumnavigate the island. Each port has its own allure, including the city scene in Palermo; Syracuse, which showcases ancient attractions from when it was a prominent Greek city; Taormina, with its impressive hilltop location and Greek theater; and Lipari, which has a charming, tiny island ambience. In addition to striking landscapes, attractions include Roman and Greek ancient historic sights and views of Mount Etna, plus filming locations featured in The Godfather movies and in Season 2 of the HBO series The White Lotus . If while cruising Sicily your ship ventures to Stromboli, with its famous volcano, it will be from a safe distance—and if you’re lucky, in the dark when you can witness the lava flowing.

Increasingly popular on the cruise map are destinations in Puglia , a region of olive groves and national parks. Small ships call in the city of Lecce and town of Gallipoli, with their impressive baroque architecture; Taranto, a bustling port city with a history dating back to the Spartans and known for its fresh seafood restaurants; the town of Otranto, where a chapel in the cathedral displays skulls of martyrs from a 15th-century Ottoman siege; and the scenic fishing town of Monopoli, with its beaches and castles.

Adriatic Coast and Sardinia

Small ships also visit Italy’s Adriatic Coast, including the historic Ancona, which has Roman ruins and beaches. Additional islands might appear on an Italy cruise itinerary, too, such as Sardinia, where the wild landscape affords hiking opportunities with views, and you can wander among medieval sights in the historic port city of Cagliari.

The best Italy cruises for every type of traveler

View of the sea through the windows in a stateroom on Ponant’s 184-passenger "Le Bougainville."

Book an Italy cruise with Abercrombie & Kent and this will be your view when sailing on Ponant’s 184-passenger Le Bougainville.

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Abercrombie & Kent

  • Itinerary : Hidden Treasures From Florence to Venice
  • Best for : Classic Italy cruise experience
  • Number of days : 11
  • Starting cost : $14,885 per person (including two hotel nights in Florence)

Luxury tour company Abercrombie & Kent carefully curates its cruise itineraries with local guides on shore and with destination experts onboard. A&K has partnered with French line Ponant for a September Italy cruise on Ponant’s diesel-electric ship Le Bougainville . This trip explores Florence, Rome, and Venice, stopping along the way on the islands of Sardinia and Sicily, and in Bari (the capitol of Puglia) and Ancona. Added bonus: a day on the French island of Corsica, the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte. The experience is limited to 148 guests, who can sip drinks with views in the ship’s underwater lounge.

Plate of seafood, including clams and mussels, over risotto, served in a restaurant in Positano

Indulge in Italy’s iconic cuisine on a foodie-focused sailing with Atlas Ocean Voyages.

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Atlas Ocean Voyages

  • Itinerary : Valletta to Rome
  • Best for : food lovers
  • Number of days : 8
  • Starting cost : $3,499 per person

Atlas Ocean Voyages, with its elegant small expedition ships, switches the focus from penguin-spotting in Antarctica to summer expedition cruises in Europe, including what the Portuguese-owned line calls “epicurean expeditions.” On the 196-passenger World Traveller , one such expedition from between Malta and Rome adds the food angle to exploration of Sicily and the Amalfi Coast, with overnights in Positano, the dramatically positioned cliffside town with its labyrinth of staircases, and on the island of Capri. An expedition team will lead culinary explorations on the ship and ashore, such as visiting local markets and specialty tastings, culinary presentations, cooking demonstrations, and sampling wine.

The Trevi Fountain in Rome

On this Azamara journey, combine coastal cruising with some time in Rome.

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Azamara Cruises

  • Itinerary : Italy Intensive Voyage
  • Best for: More affordable Italy sailing
  • Number of days : 10
  • Starting cost : $2,320 per person

Sailing round-trip from Venice on the upscale 684-passenger Azamara Pursuit , this “ Italy Intensive Voyage ,” which sets sail in June 2024, takes passengers to Bologna, where optional excursions include a visit to the Ferrari Museum, and the historic Adriatic port city of Ancona, before cruising over to Kotor, Montenegro, with its impressive fjord approach and UNESCO-recognized Old Town. Heading south, you’ll stop by Taranto in Puglia and Sicily’s Giardini Naxos (near Taormina) and Palermo, before lingering in Amalfi, Sorrento, and Capri. There’s the bonus of a day in Rome (accessible from the port of Civitavecchia). It’s a packed itinerary and a great price.

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Not a bad way to take in the views of Italy on an Emerald Cruises super yacht

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Emerald Cruises

  • Itinerary : Highlights of Southern Italy
  • Best for : Intimate yacht experience
  • Number of days : 7
  • Starting cost : $6,120 per person

Cruising with thousands or even hundreds of people is one thing; cruising around southern Italy on a luxury super yacht is something else completely. Sail on Emerald Cruises’ 100-passenger Emerald Sakara from Civitavecchia to Dubrovnik , daydreaming in a designer daybed at the infinity pool when you’re not on shore exploring Sicily, the Amalfi Coast, Calabria (from the port city of Crotone) and Puglia. In Sorrento, an included guided tour of the city focuses on gelato. In Sicily’s Giardini Naxos, an optional excursion involves river tubing.

Sea Cloud sailing ship with three masts and numerous sails; two Zodiacs in the water around the ship

Visit Italy with Lindblad on the storied Sea Cloud ship, with the wind in your sails.

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Lindblad Expeditions

  • Itinerary: Mediterranean Gems: Southern Italy and Sicily Aboard Sea Cloud
  • Best for : Historic ship experience
  • Starting cost : $18,602 per person

Passengers will immerse themselves in history as soon as they set foot on the 58-passenger Sea Cloud tall ship, built in 1931 for socialite Marjorie Merriweather Post and finance tycoon E.F. Hutton, and decorated with period antiques. Lindblad Expeditions is operating the vessel on several Mediterranean journeys in 2024, including this Southern Italy and Sicily sailing . There will be a Lindblad–National Geographic–certified photo instructor to help guests get perfect photos of the ship’s iconic sails and of the enchanting sights on an off-the-beaten-path itinerary to Puglia, Sicily, and the Amalfi Coast, sailing from Dubrovnik to Naples. Highlights include a private lunch at Castello degli Schiavi, an 18th-century castle used as a filming location in The Godfather movies.

The dining room in a Grand Suite on the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's "Evrima" yacht

Imagine opening a great bottle of Italian wine in your personal dining room in the Grand Suite on the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection’s Evrima .

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The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

  • Itinerary : Rome (Civitavecchia) to Valletta
  • Best for : Luxury experience
  • Starting cost : $10,600 per person

You can be sure that the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection is going to deliver high-end resort cruising, and that’s certainly the case on the 298-passenger Evrima , where Moët & Chandon will flow freely as guests sail from Rome to Malta . Itinerary creativity is another bonus, as you explore the Amalfi Coast, Puglia, and Syracuse, the ship lingering in several ports so that you can go out on the town, with overnights in both Sorrento, where there is time to visit the emerald waters of the Grotta dello Smeraldo, and Taranto, with its white beaches and dolphin-spotting.

Dramatic cliffs line the shoreline on the island of Ponza

This Star Clippers cruise includes a bonus stop on the scenic island of Ponza.

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Star Clippers

  • Itinerary : Amalfi & Sicily
  • Best for : Value
  • Starting cost : $1,930 per person

Star Clippers’ Amalfi and Sicily itinerary on the 166-passenger Star Flyer sailing ship is the perfect combination of going with the wind and hitting key sights. The itinerary is round trip from Civitavecchia (near Rome), making this cruise a convenient and affordable add-on to your own exploration of Italy’s “Eternal City.” Set sail for Sicily (Messina and Lipari) and visit the Amalfi Coast (Sorrento and Amalfi). There’s the bonus of a port call in picturesque Ponza, an island in the Tyrrhenian Sea and very much not on the typical tourist path. When sailing, take in the breezes on the bowsprit.

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Italy Cruises

The richest historic and cultural heritage in the world.

An MSC Italy cruise is among the most favourite of our guests as well as travellers the world over, and for good reason. Thanks to its limitless opportunities to connect with the natural beauty of both mountains and coastline, not to mention a history going back thousands of years, it offers a host of attractions and nothing short of a life-changing experience.   The Italy cruise 2024 - 2025 season is ready for booking, and we’ll give you all the reasons this should be at the top of your getaway list this year.   The historic and cultural heritage of Italy is among the richest in the world, and it has undoubtedly had a strong impact on the development of Western culture. Italy boasts the largest number of UNESCO world heritage sites of any country in the world , and it’s the country with the largest number of visitors per square metre.   Choose an MSC Italy Cruise and discover some of the country’s most artistic cities, such as Venice , with its hundreds of canals and a reputation as the most romantic city in the world. Or perhaps Rome is a must-have on your itinerary. Also known as the Eternal City , the once-capital of the Roman empire and, for centuries, the political and cultural capital of western civilization, has everything a history buff could ask for.   But let’s not forget the picturesque Tuscan countryside , with its vineyards and medieval hamlets, as well as Sardinia and Sicily , famous for their magnificent beaches and cosy, old-world towns.   Finally, and just as important, every Italy cruise destination provides visitors with a chance to taste the varied delights of the finest Italian culinary tradition. Do not miss the chance to taste an authentic pizza in Naples or a wonderful pasta dish in Rome this Italy cruise 2024 - 2025 season.   Cruises around Italy are an opportunity to enjoy a world of natural beauty and a range of gastronomic delights. Browse through all the extensive Italy cruise itineraries below and get ready to embark on the trip of your lifetime.

ITALY Ports

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  • Ancona (Urbino), Italy
  • Bari, Italy
  • Brindisi (Lecce), Italy
  • Cagliari (Sardinia), Italy
  • Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
  • Genoa (Portofino), Italy
  • La Spezia (Cinque Terre), Italy
  • Livorno (Florence), Italy
  • Messina (Taormina), Italy
  • Naples (Pompeii), Italy
  • Palermo (Monreale), Italy
  • Siracusa (Sicily), Italy
  • Taranto , Italy
  • Trieste (Venice), Italy
  • Venice - Marghera, Italy

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Italian Sojourn

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  • 6 Guided Tours
  • 2 Countries
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  • Rome (Civitavecchia) to Venice (Chioggia) Venice (Chioggia) to Rome (Civitavecchia)

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Map of Italian Sojourn itinerary

Sail around Italy’s boot

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Experience the legacies of civilizations during this fascinating 8-day itinerary cruising Italy between Civitavecchia and Venice. Discover the magnificent Amalfi Coast from Naples and visit Messina, Sicily’s cultural crossroads. Hear the echoes of ancient Greece in Crotone and witness the beauty of Puglia in Bari. Explore historic Šibenik, Croatia’s oldest coastal town. An overnight in Venice lets you immerse yourself in Italy’s most romantic city.

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To learn more about each port of call and our included as well as optional excursions, click on the individual days below.

Itinerary and shore excursions are subject to change and may vary by departure.

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One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call

Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)

Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner

24-hour specialty coffees, teas  & bottled water

Port taxes & fees

Ground transfers with Viking Air purchase

Visits to UNESCO Sites

Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances

Complimentary access to The Nordic Spa & Fitness Center.

Self-service launderettes

Alternative restaurant dining at no extra charge

24-hour room service

Your Stateroom Includes:

King-size Viking Explorer Bed with luxury linen

42" flat-screen LCD TV with intuitive remote & complimentary Movies On Demand

Large private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated floor, anti-fog mirror & hair dryer

Premium Freyja® toiletries

Direct-dial satellite phone & cell service

Security safe

110/220 volt outlets

Ample USB ports

Pre & Post Cruise Extensions

More days means more to discover, with extension packages you can add before or after your Viking cruise or cruisetour. Enjoy additional days to explore your embarkation or disembarkation city, or see a new destination altogether with a choice of exciting cities. Pre & Post Cruise Extensions vary by itinerary and are subject to change.

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Pre: Ultimate Italy—Sicily

From $1,999 | 3 Nights

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Pre: Ultimate Italy—Tuscany

From $1,699 | 3 Nights

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Pre: Ultimate Italy—Umbria

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Pre: Parma & Bologna

From $2,299 | 3 Nights

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From $2,499 | 3 Nights

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Post: Ultimate Italy—Lake Como & Verona

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  • - The Roman Empire
  • - The Venetian Republic
  • - The Bayeux Tapestry

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See More of Italy in Windstar Style

Let Windstar’s Italian cruises whisk you away to charming villages, pristine beaches, and legendary cities with unique itineraries that let you discover Italy as it was meant to be seen. From the picturesque pastel towns that line the Amalfi Coast to enchanting islands such as Sicily and Elba, you’ll explore breathtaking sights in charismatic small ports and beautiful hidden harbors without missing the remarkable history of larger cities such as Rome or Venice. Discover a more intimate Italy by day and unwind back onboard with the pampered, personalized touch of Windstar Cruises.

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Star collector: racing for the prix du monde along the rivieras.

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Discover the 10 best cruises in Italy : luxurious experiences, exclusive itineraries and top services for your trip.

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Discover Italy from a unique perspective with a memorable cruise. Our selection of the 10 best cruises in Italy brings together the most exclusive travel experiences the Bel Paese has to offer. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, an action-packed adventure or a relaxing family vacation, there is a cruise to Italy for you.

From the charm of the Sicilian islands to the poetry of the northern lakes, via the historic waters of the Tiber River and the enchantment of the Arno River in Florence, these cruises represent the best in natural beauty, rich culture and high-quality service. Get ready to sail through unique itineraries. Every moment on board and ashore will represent an unforgettable memory . Explore with us the 10 best cruises in Italy and get inspired for your next dream trip.

The best cruises in Italy

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In this guide on the best cruises in Italy , we carefully selected the most exciting experiences and unforgettable that you can live navigating Italian waters. From cruises that ply the most captivating alpine lakes , to voyages that explore the stunning Amalfi Coast, to adventures that take you through the thousand-year history of Rome , each cruise has been chosen to guarantee you an unparalleled experience.

This list represents the perfect mix of relaxation, culture, and adventure , offering unique insights into the natural and historical heritage of Italy from a totally new perspective. Get ready to immerse yourself in a journey that will leave you with indelible memories.

10. Cruise along the coast of Taormina

Best cruises in Italy -  Cruise along the coast of Taormina

Sailing along the Taormina coastline offers an unparalleled experience, with views that capture the essence of Sicily in every aspect. This exclusive voyage takes visitors through turquoise waters, offering unique glimpses of Naxos Bay , Mazzarò , and the legendary Isola Bella . Every corner of this itinerary reveals postcard-perfect landscapes, enhanced by the narration of an expert guide who reveals the history and myths of these enchanted lands.

The cruise includes moments of pure relaxation, with stops in the clear waters for a refreshing dip, followed by a refined aperitif of prosecco and almond sweets, delicacies that reflect the Sicilian culinary tradition. This maritime adventure is a promise of fun and discovery, suitable for explorers of all ages, eager to immerse themselves in the natural beauty and cultural richness of the iconic Taormina coastline .

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9. Tiber River Cruise

Best cruise in Italy - Tiber River Cruise

Let the waters of the Tiber lull you as the sun sets for a unique experience in the heart of Rome. This evening cruise turns into an enchanted moment: as the lights of the Eternal City begin to shine under the color-changing sky, attentive and friendly service offers you the best of local food and wine, with a glass of selected wine and delicious typical Roman appetizers .

Carefully selected background music completes the atmosphere, making this experience not only a journey through the historical sights of Rome but also a moment of pure relaxation and sensory enjoyment. Imagine the gentle flow of water, the sound of music soaring through the air, and the sunset painting the historic monuments in warm colors: this is the perfect invitation for those seeking a distinctive and refined experience in the capital.

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8. Boat cruise on Lake Como

Best cruises in Italy - Boat cruise on Lake Como

Immerse yourself in the serenity and enchantment of Lake Como , a lake paradise that has inspired artists, writers, and travelers for centuries. A boat cruise is an unmissable experience, a journey that winds its way along the winding shores of the lake, revealing scenery of incomparable beauty. On the way, you will be greeted by a backdrop of period villas and lush gardens reflected in the tranquil waters under the benevolent gaze of the mountains that embrace the lake.

This navigation is not only a way to admire the scenery, but also an opportunity to discover the history and legends that envelop every corner of this magical place. From Cernobbio to Bellagio , passing through enchanting villages such as Varenna and Tremezzo, the lake is revealed in all its splendid diversity. Get ready to experience moments of pure wonder, leaving behind the hubbub of daily life to immerse yourself in an atmosphere of peace and beauty.

7. Cruise on the Arno River in Florence

Cruise on the Arno River in Florence

Immerse yourself in the history and art of Florence through a cruise on the Arno River , the perfect experience for those who want to see the city from a different perspective. Aboard a traditional little boat , cruise under the shadow of the Ponte Vecchio , letting yourself be enchanted by the unique views of Renaissance palaces and monuments that define the Florentine skyline.

This river trip is not only a way to escape the crowded city streets, but also an opportunity to experience a moment of pure romance , accompanied by stories told by an expert guide. With the opportunity to enjoy an aperitif on board, this cruise becomes an unforgettable experience, a true taste of the elegance and charm of Florence.

6. Cruise on Lake Garda

Cruise on Lake Garda

Embark on a unique adventure with a six-hour cruise on the azure waters of Lake Garda , stopping in enchanting Sirmione. The voyage begins from the port of Peschiera, introducing you to the hidden treasures and natural and historic beauty that adorn the lake's southern shores.

See Lazise Castle , tranquil Punta San Vigilio, exotic Garda Island , striking Manerba Rock , mysterious Catullus Caves , and the paradisiacal Jamaica Beach in Sirmione.

Listen to the captain's tales as you relax in the sun, take a rejuvenating dip in the lake's clear waters, and enjoy an on-board lunch of vegetarian specialties before exploring Sirmione's fascinating historic center at your leisure. This cruise gives you the perfect mix of culture , relaxation , and discovery , promising to make your day on Lake Garda a memory you'll carry in your heart.

5. Cruise in Genoa

Cruising in Genoa

Discover the hidden fascination of the sea with a whale watching cruise departing directly from the Genoa Aquarium , one of Europe's grandest marine facilities, the brainchild of Renzo Piano. This adventure will immerse you in an exclusive journey through the Cetacean Sanctuary , a protected area where you can meet whales up close in their natural habitat.

You will witness a majestic dance of these giants of the sea , guided by experts in the field ready to share their knowledge with you. Get ready for four and a half hours of pure magic, an experience that will connect you intimately with underwater wonders and leave you with unforgettable memories.

4. Lake Iseo Cruise

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Immerse yourself in an unforgettable journey that takes you from the beating heart of Milan to the serenity of Lake Iseo , a journey that blends nature, history and culture. Departing comfortably from Milan , you will soon find yourself enveloped in the quiet of Iseo, ready to explore its most charming corners, among medieval alleys and period residences. Your lake cruise will reveal the unique charm of Monte Isola , where you can delight your palate with local cuisine while enjoying breathtaking views.

Your exploration will continue to historic Bergamo , with its imposing Città Alta, reached by funicular railway, a place where time seems to stand still. This excursion is a perfect opportunity for those who wish to escape the daily routine and immerse themselves in the timeless beauty of some of northern Italy's most treasured treasures, an adventure that will enrich your spirit and fill your eyes with wonder.

3. Cruise along the Amalfi Coast

Cruise along the Amalfi Coast

Are you in Rome but long for a unique experience ? Escape the hustle and bustle of Rome and treat yourself to an adventure along the stunning Amalfi Coast and the picturesque village of Positano with a day trip that will take you into the heart of one of Italy's most enchanting landscapes. This journey, which unfolds from the Eternal City to the crystal-clear waters of Salerno, offers a complete immersion in the nuances and breathtaking views that only the Coast can provide.

From Positano , with its picturesque views, to Amalfi, guardian of architectural treasures such as the Cathedral of St. Andrew , every moment will be a treasure trove of beauty and culture. Don't miss the opportunity to taste limoncello, a symbol of local tradition, directly from one of the city's most historic producers, discovering the secrets of its production.

2. Burchiello Cruise

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Treat yourself to a day of pure wonder with the Burchiello Cruise, a river cruise that will take you from Padua to Venice, crossing the historic Brenta Riviera . This day trip, aboard a historic Venetian vessel, will offer you a unique glimpse into more than two thousand years of architecture and daily life along the waters that link two of Italy's most fascinating art cities.

Admire the sumptuous Venetian villas that adorn the banks, jewels of architecture and history capable of transporting you back in time with their timeless beauty.

The itinerary includes exploratory stops at some of the most emblematic mansions, such as Villa Pisani Reale in Stra, Villa Widmann in Mira and Villa Foscari in Malcontenta, enhanced by guided tours that reveal their stories and secrets. A culinary break at the acclaimed Il Burchiello restaurant in Oriago can add an extra tasteful touch to this unforgettable experience, making it a true dive into the culture and heritage of the Veneto region.

1. Sunset cruise on Lake Maggiore

Sunset cruise of Lake Maggiore and the Borromean Islands

Let yourself be enveloped in the magic of a sunset cruise on Lake Maggiore , an experience that combines the allure of the water with convivial moments among friends. Imagine plying the serene waters, the sky tinged with vibrant colors as you enjoy the company, toasting with a selection of prosecco and local gastronomic delights.

Your sailing will turn into an exclusive floating cocktail party or an unforgettable romantic surprise, depending on your needs. The boat offers comfortable indoor and outdoor spaces, perfect for admiring the panoramic views of the Borromean Islands . An hour of pure relaxation amidst natural and historic beauty will give you a rare glimpse of lake life at its most evocative.

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Sail to Italy’s great cities’ ports on an all-inclusive Italian cruise vacation. Explore the magnificent scenery and glorious history along Italy’s Mediterranean ports including Florence, Genoa, Naples, Sorrento, Rome. Cruise to Italy’s Adriatic ports including Venice, Bari, Ancona, Ravenna. Journey through Italian culture, life, and history while exploring the Amalfi Coast, the Italian Rivieria, the Dalmatian Coast, Bari, Capri, Cinque Terre, Florence, Genoa, Naples, Portofino, Ravenna, Rimini, Rome, Sicily, Sorrento, and Venice on board the best cruises to Italian ports. Do it all stress- and worry-free with ItalianTourism.us.

Book your Italian cruise vacation package with confidence. ItalianTourism.us guarantees the lowest price on all cruises around Italy. Our expertise comes for free. Browse our hand-selected Italy cruise itineraries  that focus on visiting primarily the Italian ports . Each Italian cruise may be packaged with airfare and hotel accommodations. Plus every Italy cruise vacation package includes exclusive free amenities. Our Italy cruise deals beat booking directly through the cruise line every time. Combine the best value with these unforgettable Italy cruise itineraries for a memorable all-inclusive around Italy cruise vacation.  

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Below are the top cruises around Italy. When you find a cruise you like contact ItalianTourism.us directly . We guarantee the lowest price, free amenities, shore excursions, on board credits, and with cruise around Italy we include complimentary port transfers in Venice and Rome.

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These all-inclusive vacation packages combine the best Italy land tours with a cruise around Italy. Sail from Rome or Venice before or after your land tour. The packages with airfare are priced from New York City. Browse our all-inclusive Italy tours with Mediterranean cruise vacation packages.

Cruises Around Italy

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Rome’s cruise port Civitavecchia and Venice cruise port are among the largest cruise ports in the Mediterranean. From either port you may enjoy a cruise around Italy. The cruise itinerary include many of  Italy’s ports  of call. Click here for ItalianTourism.us top picks for a cruise around Italy .

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Cruise from Rome to the Western Mediterranean hot spots. The Rome cruise all-inclusive vacation packages visit Naples, Barcelona, Florence, the Italian Riviera, the French Riviera, and Sicily. Or sail around Italy from Rome to the Greek Isles, Turkey, the Dalmatian Coast, and Venice. Click to find the best cruises from Rome .

Italy Cruises from Venice

Cruise from Venice down the Adriatic sea to the Dalmatian Coast. Sail the Eastern Mediterranean cruise itineraries to the Greek Isles. Visit the archaeology sites in Greece and Turkey. Cruise around Italy from Venice to the Western Med Sea ports Rome and Barcelona. These Venice cruise all-inclusive vacation packages are the best value in Venice cruises.  Click to find the best cruises from Venice .

Cruises to Amalfi Coast, Sicily, Dalmatian Coast

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A very popular Italy cruise itinerary is to embark Venice to sail to the Dalmatian Coast.  Cruising around Italy from Venice to Rome and Barcelona is also a popular itinerary. Ports of call in Sicily and along the Amalfi Coast are popular Italy cruise vacation destinations. Browse our hand picked Dalmatian Coast cruises .

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Italy’s Po River is the only river cruise offered through Italy.  The Po river separates northern Italy from central Italy.  It runs through the region of Emilia Romagna to Venice. Along the way the rich Italian culture, history and art are your Italy river cruise ports of call. For click Italy River Cruises .

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Review the Italy cruises from all the cruise lines that sail around the Mediterranean.  Browse, compare, and review popular Italy cruises operated by:

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ItalianTourism.us Italy cruise tour vacation packages are the best value, guaranteed. We offer the widest selection of all inclusive Italy cruise packages with airfare and port transfers at the lowest price.

Our direct relationships on the ground with drivers, guides, and tour operators in all the Italian ports of call guarantee our travelers save hundreds of dollars on transfers and shore excursions alone.

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Our top producer status with all of the cruise lines that operate in Italy allows us to offer you the lowest price. Plus, we are Italy travel experts.  Therefore, when we package transfers and hotels our Italy cruise tour vacation package prices are unbeatable. All of our guests including families, couples with new born baby, honeymooners, anniversaries, graduations, family reunions, and groups receive the best price Italy cruise tour vacation package guaranteed.

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Italy’s great “cities of art,” Venice, Rome and Florence, have attracted visitors for centuries, but Italy has much more for the art lover to discover. Every region of Italy and just about every town offers a rich cultural tradition and history to explore and enjoy. And what better way to travel through Italy stress free than on a cruise around Italy. Explore the mosaics of Ravenna, the hidden gems of Palermo, the history of Cagliari, the Etruscan tombs of Tarquinia, and much more.

Italy is a peninsula surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea and the Adriatic Sea. There are various gulfs and islands to visit. Between Venice and Rome travel through Italy visiting the many other cruise ports of call along the Italic peninsula. Depending on which cruise line and itinerary you choose for your Mediterranean Italian cruise you’ll visit between three and eight or even nine Italian ports. You may also sail from Italy to the Greek Isles, French Rivera, The Holy Lands, and the Dalmatian Coast.

The two primary cruise ports in Italy are Venice and Rome. Venice cruise port is located on the Adriatic Sea. Rome cruise port is Civitavecchia. It is located in the Mediterranean sea. Most Italian cruises either embark or disembark in one of these ports. There are many other Italian ports of call. For a full list of Italian cruise ports click here .

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Most Italy cruises are from 7 to 12 days.

The spring months April and May and fall months September and October are beautiful times for an Italian cruise. The days are cool and crowds lighter than summer which makes sightseeing easier. The summer brings hot days to go with the sightseeing. Most cruise lines do not operate during December, January, and February.

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7 of the best places to cruise in Italy

F ew countries can compete with Italy’s tourist appeal . Anyone who visits can enjoy fantastic cities, quaint villages, a string of picture-perfect coastlines, amazing cuisine and a fascinating history.

Alhough skiing , city breaks or a trip to one of the Italian lakes all have their own merits, there is a way to get a taste of several different parts of the country in one whirlwind trip.

Cruises around the Bel Paese give passengers the opportunity to see Italy ’s full range of sights. You can start with the romance of Venice and wind around to the rugged island beauty of Sicily and Sardinia, or begin surrounded by the stark coastal beauty of the Cinque Terre and end in hectic, characterful Naples , via the enchanting capital of Rome .

Whether you just want to see one destination or a handful, there’s likely a cruise to suit you; we’ve rounded up some of the best below.

Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast contains a little bit of everything that has made Italy so famous: beautiful coastlines, golden sands, picturesque towns, ancient historic sites and a hearty slice of la dolce vita .

The main towns along this coast include Amalfi, Sorrento and Positano , each renowned for offering a taste of the highlife in often luxurious surroundings, whether that be laid-back beaches or grandiose hotels. Pompeii lies close to these towns, offering an incredible insight into a famous bit of world history, while driving part of the Amalfi Coast’s winding roads is the best way to get amazing views while taking in some delightful towns.

How to do it

See both Sicily and the Amalfi Coast with the ‘ Amalfi & Sicily ’ seven-night package offered by Star Clippers. It starts in Civitavecchia, taking you to Amalfi and Sorrento before moving on to Messina and circling back to Rome.

Prices from £3,629pp including seven nights’ accommodation, all meals and drinks and select entertainment. Departing 6 July 2024.

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The capital is a beautiful fusion of historic and contemporary Italian life, from the modern cuisine and nightlife of Monti to the old houses and trattorias of Trastevere or Parione.

The Eternal City is also Europe’s most landmark-filled destination , with everything from Roman ruins to 18th-century fountains. The Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pantheon are the undoubtably highlights, as are the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. The Vatican City is also contained within Rome, and you don’t want to miss the Sistine Chapel or St Peter’s Basilica.

Most cruises to this part of the country actually dock at nearby Civitavecchia, which is roughly one hour from the capital. Rome is often a starting point for cruises too, as passengers can head north to the Cinque Terre, east to Sardinia and south to Naples and Sicily.

The  Italian Treasures  cruise offered by Atlas Ocean Voyages begins in Valletta , the historic Maltese capital, but after departing very much focuses on the eastern Italian coast. It stops for a night in both Syracuse and Giardini Naxos (on Sicily), before departing to the Amalfi Coast and Capri and then finishing in the capital, where you can explore at your leisure before flying home.

Prices from £2,946pp including eight nights’ accommodation, all meals and drinks and onshore excursions. The company is currently running a promotion where the ‘second guest sails free’, so it is possible to get the entire package for just £2,946. Departing 1 September 2024.

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Venice is perhaps the most beautiful of all Italian cities, situated on a vast lagoon and criss-crossed by dozens of bridges that hang over its canals. Its waterways are lined with the colourful facades of centuries-old buildings, many of which carry a Venetian style that is unique to the city, making for an eclectic cityscape.

A gondola trip, a stroll around St Mark’s Square, a walk over the Ponte Rialto and a visit to the Doge’s Palace are customary for those seeing the city for the first time, though for many the real attraction is getting lost in the sea of mazy alleys and historic bridges .

Many cruises start and end in Venice too, though due to its location at the top of the Adriatic, it can take a while to cruise down to other popular destinations like Bari, Sicily and the Amalfi Coast. If you’re visiting on a cruise, chances are it’ll be a longer one, or that it’ll stop in destinations in northern Croatia , Dubrovnik or northern Greece .

Azmara Cruises’ ‘ Italy Intensive Voyage ’ takes passengers all the way from Rome to Venice. It begins by going north to Florence , then turning back on itself and going south to the Amalfi Coast and Sicily. After a brief stop in Kotor, Montenegro , you’ll finish in Venice, with the opportunity to explore at your leisure before flying home.

Prices from £2,060pp including 10 nights’ accommodation, all meals and drinks, evening entertainment and select onshore excursions. Departing 10 April 2024.

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Sicily is another of Italy’s famous islands, sharing a part of the Mediterranean with neighbouring Sardinia. It is equally as charming as Sardinia, and filled with similarly beguiling towns, a variety of natural landscapes and some of the finest culture and history that the country has to offer.

Tradition is paramount here, something that is reflected in a proud local populace. It is also visible in towns and cities like Palermo, and the timeless beauty of Syracuse, as well as on the olive groves and vineyards that dot the slopes of Mount Etna. It makes Sicily a great place to come if you want to see modern-day Italian living with a dose of outdoor adventure, in places like the Parco dell’Etna, along with historic charm (such as that at Syracuse).

Windstar Cruises’ ‘ Sicilian Spendours ’ cruise begins and ends in the Italian capital, but as the name suggests, this trip very much focuses on the largest island in the Mediterranean. It begins by heading to the Amalfi Coast, but then moves on to three Sicilian towns – Trapani, Porto Empedocle and Catania, via Gozo and Malta .

Prices from £3,105pp including 10 nights’ accommodation, meals and onboard entertainment. Departing 28 May 2024.

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Sardinia, which sits off the eastern coast around six hours from Civitavecchia by ferry, is one of Italy’s most popular summer destinations. A favourite among both tourists and Italians, it is home to a slew of great beaches – including Cala Goloritzé and the Costa Smerelda – and so is a good choice for days spent flitting between water sports and lying in the sun.

Though it’s understandable if you want to spend most of your time here on the sands, it would be remiss not to visit some of the pastel-hued towns and verdant national parks that lie inland and on the coast. Places like Alghero, Bosa and San Teodoro contain plenty of history throughout their cobbled streets, while Asinara and Gennargentu are two of the most picturesque natural areas.

Sardinia’s southerly location means that cruises that stop here often carry on to Sicily and Malta, and may go further on to the Balearics, Greek islands or even Tunisia .

The ‘ Enchanting Italian Coastlines ’ tour from Emerald Cruises covers both Sardinia and the eastern coast over a period of seven nights. It begins in the capital, moving first to Sorrento and Amalfi and then crossing the Mediterranean to Sardinia and Corsica before looping back.

Prices from £3,379pp including seven nights’ accommodation, all meals and drinks and airport transfers. Departing 27 April 2024.

Cinque Terre

The Cinque Terre competes with the Amalfi Coast for the title of Italy’s most famous coastal area, but the Italian Riviera offers a different kind of beauty in its emerald waters and pastel-coloured towns. The region is part of Liguria, and consists of five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. 

Each one has an abundance of old Italian charm, from the faded colours that come alive at sunset to the mazes of alleys leading up from tiny harbours. Only Monterosso has a proper beach, but this village quintet isn’t the place for solely a beach holiday, despite the coastlines. Instead, wander aimlessly through the villages, enjoy a laid-back meal or take to any of the surrounding hiking paths.

These once isolated villages are now tourist hotspots in their own right, with the Cinque Terre Express one of the best ways to get between them. Most cruises dock at La Spezia, the province’s main city, which lies just 20 minutes from the nearest Cinque Terre village, Riomaggiore.

The Cinque Terre is a less frequented destination on longer cruises, so the best bet is to visit as part of a multi-country cruise. Celebrity Cruises offers one such option with their ‘ Italian Riviera & France ’ package, which departs from Rome and initially heads south to Naples before circling around to La Spezia and Santa Margherita. After some time spent enjoying the Italian Riviera, you move on to the French one, seeing Cannes and Marseille before finishing in Barcelona.

Prices from £1,209pp including nine nights’ accommodation, return flights, all meals, daily activities and entertainment. Departing 4 June 2024.

Naples is a fascinating city, buoyed by a vibrant and chaotic energy and blessed with beautiful surroundings – including Mount Vesuvius and an azure bay – and an eclectic blend of architecture.

The city itself has a wealth of culture and history, from the recent and immaterial – such as its devotion to pizza or its football club – to the ancient and pertinent, including the Duomo cathedral and a large collection of Greco-Roman artefacts at the National Archaeological Museum. Be sure to talk a walk around the Spanish Quarter, Centro Storico and Spaccanapoli (the city’s main thoroughfare) to get a real sense of how life is lived in this hectic city.

Naples is the closest major city to the Amalfi Coast, and as such many trips here are combined with a visit to towns like Sorrento or Positano.

You’re spoilt for choice when including Naples in a cruise itinerary, and many cruises that stop here also include visits to parts of Greece and Croatia. A seven-day Mediterranean cruise from Norwegian Cruise Line takes advantage of these stops, taking guests from Rome to Venice via Valletta, Split and Corfu. Nevertheless, the focus is still on Italy, taking in the historic capital, the romantic canals of Venice and all of Naples’ characterful chaos (with an added stop in Messina, Sicily).

Prices from £1,573pp including seven nights’ accommodation, all meals and drinks and onboard entertainment. Departing 14 August 2024.

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9 Best Cruise Lines for Solo Travelers [2024]

Updated : May 29, 2024

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  • Holland America Cruise Line
  • Silversea Cruise Line
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Azamara Cruise Line
  • Cunard Cruise Line
  • Viking River Cruises
  • Seabourn Cruise Line
  • Oceania Cruise Line 
  • Celebrity Cruises

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With plenty of ways to mingle with other passengers (or enjoy some quality alone time), going on a cruise alone is the perfect getaway for solo and single travelers .

However, you’ll need to do your research before booking since cruising solo can get expensive. Some cruise lines charge single supplements, which means you'll pay extra when traveling alone and staying in a room that's usually meant for two people.

Luckily, as solo cruising has become more popular, certain cruise lines have started to cater to the needs of guests traveling alone and even offer cabins specifically designed for solo cruisers. 

Read on to discover the best cruise lines for solo travelers. 

1. Holland America Cruise Line

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  • 50 Denali Dollars per person on Alaska cruises for Verandah staterooms and above

Known for having some of the best customer service in the industry, it should come as no surprise that Holland America Line is dedicated to providing an exceptional experience to solo travelers onboard their fleet of ships. 

The line’s newest ships—Rotterdam, Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam—have 12 single staterooms perfect for solo travelers. Each of these rooms is approximately 127-172 square feet and equipped with full-size and modern amenities. Plus, every single cabin boasts an ocean view, so you can enjoy the scenery during your voyage. 

Holland America Line also does a great job at creating an atmosphere of camaraderie on their ships. The Single Partners Program, offered on most voyages, puts on activities, cocktail parties and mixers for singles and solo travelers to mingle during the cruise. Whether you enjoy exercise classes, wine tastings or trivia, you’re sure to meet other travelers with similar interests through this program. 

2. Silversea Cruise Line

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Single cabins: No

Solo travel perks : Low single supplements 

AAA Member Benefit:

  • Up to $300 per person in onboard credit on select voyages

Smaller cruise lines are great for solo travelers since you’ll see familiar faces throughout your journey, which can make it easier to strike up conversations and form connections with fellow travelers. 

One of the best small cruise lines for solo travelers is Silversea Cruise Line. While they don’t offer single cabins, they have extremely low single supplements of just 25 percent on certain voyages. For reference, most cruise lines have single supplements that are 50 percent to 100 percent of the fare, so Silversea’s rate is very affordable in comparison. 

At the beginning of your voyage, there will be a champagne Welcome Reception which serves as the perfect opportunity to mingle with other solo travelers. During certain journeys, Gentlemen Hosts will be available aboard to welcome solo guests.

3. Royal Caribbean

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Solo travel perks : Solo traveler meet-ups 

  • Free 8x10 photo per stateroom on 7+ night balcony or suite bookings

AAA Vacations® Benefit :

  • Complimentary sparkling wine and chocolate-covered strawberries 
  • $25 onboard spending credit per stateroom for six nights or less voyages
  • $50 onboard spending credit per stateroom for 7-10 night voyages
  • $100 onboard spending credit per stateroom for 11+ night voyages 

Royal Caribbean offers studio staterooms on certain ships that are perfect for solo travelers and adult cruisers . When you book one of these rooms, you can avoid paying the typical single supplement fee. These rooms range from 101 square feet to 199 square feet, and you can choose from an inside stateroom, a virtual balcony stateroom or an ocean-view stateroom with a balcony. 

Studio staterooms are available on the following ships in their fleet: 

  • Anthem of the Seas
  • Brilliance of the Seas
  • Quantum of the Seas 
  • Harmony of the Seas 
  • Spectrum of the Seas
  • Ovation of the Seas

Once onboard, Royal Caribbean offers a ton of on-board activities, shows and dining experiences that make it ideal for solo travelers. Plus, they often have meet-ups for solo travelers looking to make friends while onboard. 

4. Azamara Cruise Line

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Single cabins : No

Solo travel perks : Special rates as low as 25-50% off stateroom fares and gatherings for solo travelers 

AAA Member Benefit :

  • $150 per stateroom onboard credit on select Club Ocean View or above sailings.
  • Onboard spending credit of $200 per stateroom 

Azamara Cruise Line operates a fleet of mid-sized ships that journey to destinations all over the world. The cruise line is known for its Destination Immersion® experiences that feature intimate ships, access to smaller ports that other cruise ships can’t visit and longer stays at ports. 

Azamara provides special rates for solo travelers as low as 25-50 percent off stateroom fares. Additionally, they offer thoughtfully created activities and gatherings for solo travelers to socialize with each other onboard. 

5. Cunard Cruise Line

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Solo travel perks : Group dining, coffee chats and cocktail parties for solo travelers

  • Onboard credit for all voyages that are 7 nights and longer 

Cunard is among the best luxury cruise lines , and it’s a great option for solo travelers looking for upscale service, socialization opportunities and elegant staterooms. The cruise line offers single staterooms aboard their Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth ships. During your time aboard, you’ll enjoy 24-hour room service, luxury toiletries and a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine. 

The cruise line is also known for its delicious culinary options and for going out of the way to ensure solo travelers have an enjoyable dining experience. While you can always choose to dine solo, they also provide the option to dine with fellow travelers at a shared table. Solo travelers can also attend coffee chats and cocktail parties to socialize with other guests. 

6. Viking River Cruises

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Solo travel perks : Special solo traveler fares 

  • $100 per person shipboard credit for cruises 8-11 days
  • $200 per person shipboard credit for cruises 12+ days 

If you’re looking to embark on a solo river cruise in Europe , look no further than Viking River Cruises. The cruise line is known for its immersive journeys sailing through the world’s greatest rivers while offering world-class accommodation, incredible customer service and unique cultural events along the way. 

While Viking doesn’t have single cabins, they will occasionally offer special solo traveler fares. Plus, you can check for other discounts available for the cruises you’re interested in to save money on your travels.  

7. Seabourn Cruise Line

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Solo travel perks : Special offers for solo travelers on select voyages 

  • Singles receive $150 per suite onboarding spending credit on select sailings 

AAA Vacations® Benefit:

  • $200 per suite onboard spending credit on select sailings 

Prefer to feel like you're on a private yacht instead of a cruise ship? The small-ship cruise line, Seabourn provides an intimate experience complete with personalized service, optional shore excursions and entertainment options. 

The cruise line offers a discounted single supplement, beginning at just 10% more than current fares for certain voyages and suite categories. The discount is available for cruises to Alaska , Greece, Iceland, Greenland and more. 

8. Oceania Cruise Line 

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Single cabins : Yes

Solo travel perks : Social events and group dining tables

  • $100 per person onboard spending credit on select sailings 
  • Complimentary pre-paid gratuities
  • Free group wine tasting with a sommelier

From friendly crew members to social events, The Oceania Cruise Line goes above and beyond to make solo travelers feel at home on their ships. Solo cruises can attend cocktail parties or opt into group dining to meet other guests onboard. The small ships are also easy to navigate and provide a relaxing atmosphere. 

With solo staterooms available aboard the Vista, Regatta, Insignia, Nautica and Sirena ships, you don’t have to worry about solo supplements driving the price up. The accommodations feature private verandas or ocean-view windows as well as many amenities to keep you comfortable during your voyage. 

9. Celebrity Cruises

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Solo travel perks : Hosted social events

  • Onboard credit based on the stateroom category booked

Celebrity Cruises is another popular cruise line for solo travelers, offering social events to help solo cruisers make new friends. Known for its inclusivity, Celebrity Cruises is also one of the most LGBTQ-friendly cruise lines in the industry. Their itineraries, such as their Bali, Malaysia and Thailand itineraries, are some of the best cruises for solo travelers looking for excitement and adventure. 

Celebrity’s solo cruise cabins are available on the Celebrity Edge®, Celebrity Apex®, Celebrity Beyond℠ and Celebrity Ascent℠ ships. Solo travelers can choose between an ocean-view room with a veranda and an inside stateroom. All of the solo rooms come with the same products and services as the regular staterooms. 

The easiest way to avoid single supplements is to opt for a cruise line that offers solo cabins. However, if your heart is set on a cruise line or ship that doesn’t have this perk, consider looking out for specials that waive or discount single supplements. You can also try using a roommate matching program that some cruise lines offer, which pairs you in a room with another solo traveler. 

Whether you're looking to book a quick getaway or an around-the-world cruise , embarking on a solo cruise is a rewarding experience offering adventure, relaxation and the freedom to cater your journey around your preferences. Not to mention, you can partake in the many things to do on a cruise and make life-long friends along the way.  

Book your solo cruises with AAA Travel and ensure you’ll have peace of mind during your once-in-a-lifetime trip. With your AAA Membership , you'll receive exclusive deals, onboard spending credits and other perks.

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