Roundtrip Cruises from Venice
In 2019, a dozen cruise lines and
two ferry companies offer roundtrip itineraries
from Venice, Italy that make it easy to combine a cruise with a Venetian holiday.
ABOVE: A Norwegian Cruise Line ship leaves
Venice for the Eastern Mediterranean.
you having trouble choosing between a land vacation and a cruise? Not to
worry: In 2019, more than a dozen cruise lines and ferry companies are offering ship voyages that begin and end in Venice. Such
roundtrip cruises offer a great way to combine a Venice holiday with a trip by
ship--allowing you to enjoy back-to-back vacations with only one air or
Below are links to cruise and ferry lines that welcome
English-speaking passengers and have regularly-scheduled roundtrip voyages from
Venice in 2019:
NCL's Norwegian Star is
operating several roundtrip seven- to 10-night itineraries in the Adriatic and Aegean in
frequent departures from Venice from spring through fall. The 91,740-ton
Norwegian Star has a capacity of 2,348 passengers, and it attracts an
We took a 14-day NCL cruise from Venice a while
For details, see our illustrated
cruise review and photo diary.
France's luxury cruise line caters to international travelers (including
Anglophones) and has been on a shipbuilding spree in the past few years. See our
illustrated review of a roundtrip
cruise from Venice on Compagnie du Ponant's 264-passenger "megayacht,"
In 2019, L'Austral's sister ship, Le
Lyrial, is offering a handful of seven-night roundtrip cruises from Venice
during July and August.
Mediterranean Shipping Company, a.k.a. MSC, is one of the world's largest cargo
operators. It entered the cruise business just over 20 years ago, launched the
MSC Crociere brand in the mid-1990s, and now operates a large fleet of
megaships that cater to a multilingual, multinational audience.
MSC operates dozens of roundtrip voyages in the Eastern
Mediterranean from spring through fall, with a choice of four- to seven-night
itineraries aboard MSC Lirica, MSC Magnifica, MSC Musica, MSC
Opera, or MSC
Sinfonia. To learn about our own roundtrip cruise from Venice with MSC,
read our illustrated
Poesia cruise review.
Europe's largest and oldest cruise line has been in business for more than 60
years. From Venice, Costa operates a busy calendar of three- to seven-night roundtrip
cruises to Italy, Croatia, Greece, and Montenegro, with
several different itineraries and departures from March through December. Three ships are on the
Venice-to-Venice circuit in 2019: Costa Delizioza, Costa Luminosa,
and Costa Victoria.
We haven't cruised with Costa from Venice, but see our
Costa Magica review about a roundtrip cruise from Rome.
RCCI is an American value-priced cruise line that has been reaching out to
European travelers in recent years. In 2019, Rhapsody
of the Seas will
offer 21 six- to eight-night roundtrip Eastern Mediterranean cruises from Venice, with departures from
May to October.
Royal Caribbean's premium-priced subsidiary has eight
roundtrip itineraries from Venice on its calendar in 2019. The featured ships
are Celebrity Constellation and Celebrity Infinity.
HAL has two Venice-to-Venice roundtrip
intineraries in 2019: a 12-day "Adriatric Dream" cruise in June and August,
and a 24-day "Adriatic Dream & Greek Odyssey" voyage in June. Both are on
MS Veendam, a medium-size ship that carries 1,350 passengers.
690-passenger ship, will offer a handful of three- to seven-night cruises in the Adriatic
during 2019. Sailings are in June and September. (We've cruised on two of
its sister ships, and we enjoyed both.)
The large-ship luxury line's
Crystal Serenity will operate one roundtrip, seven-night cruise from
Venice in September, 2019. The ship, which was christened by Julie Andrews,
carries 1,070 guests on nine passenger decks.
Lagoon and river cruises
Boutique River Cruises
In 2019, River Countess is offering an eight-day "Venice
& the Gems of
Northern Italy" tour that includes a roundtrip cruise from Venice
with excursions in the Venetian Lagoon, Padua, Bologna, and Ferrara. The ship's
season runs from the end of March through early November.
whet your appetite, read our
River Countess cruise
review at Europe for Cruisers.
From the spring through fall, European Waterways runs six-night cruises aboard
La Bella Vita, a
20-passenger hotel barge. The itinerary begins in Venice, includes stops at
small ports in the Venetian Lagoon, and heads up the Po River or the adjacent
Bianco Canal toward Mantua,
with return transportation to Venice by bus. (In alternating weeks, the cruise
runs in the opposite direction.) See our
illustrated review at Europeforcruisers.com.
River cruising is the specialty of this French company, which operates
five-night trips from Venice during most of the year. Part of the time is spent cruising, and the rest is used for
excursions by water or land to the Lagoon Islands, Chioggia, Ferrara, and/or
If you're more adventurous, or if you insist on having
your car as a companion, you can combine back-to-back ferry trips into a
This Piraeus-based shipping company operates cargo-and-passenger ferries that
link Venice with Corgu, Igoumenitsa, and Patras. Anek also runs ferries between Greece and the Italian ports of Ancona and
Bari, making it possible to build a longer cruise with connecting voyages.
After a hiatus of several years, Greece's Minoan lines--now owned by the
Grimaldi Group--has returned to Venice with frequent sailings to (and from) Igoumenitsa, Patras,
Minoan's ship is among the largest cruise ferries in the Mediterranean.