Roundtrip Cruises from Venice
In normal years, more than a
lines and a ferry company offer roundtrip itineraries from Venice, Italy
that make it easy to combine a cruise with a Venetian holiday. The pandemic wiped much of the 2021
and 2022 calendars clean, but this article will
help you choose a roundtrip voyage in 2023.
ABOVE: NCL's Norwegian Jade leaves
Venice for the Eastern Mediterranean.
you having trouble choosing between a land vacation and a cruise? Not to
worry: In typical years, more than a dozen cruise lines and ferry companies offer 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 normally have regularly-scheduled roundtrip voyages from
NCL's Norwegian Gem
will offer three different five- to nine-night roundtrip itineraries in the
Adriatic and Aegean during
frequent departures from Venice from spring through fall.
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 2022, two Ponant ships--Le Jacques Cartier and
Le Lyrial--will offer a seven-night "Best of Croatia" itinerary on
multiple dates in June, 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. Most are seven nights in length. 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 usally operates a busy calendar roundtrip cruises in the Eastern Mediterranean, with several different
itineraries and departures from spring through fall.
We haven't cruised with Costa from Venice, but see our
Costa Magica review about a roundtrip cruise from Rome.
RCCI is an American mass-market cruise line that has reached out to
European travelers in recent years. Unfortunately, its so-called "Venice"
cruises now arrive and depart at Ravenna, which is more than two hours from
Venice by road or rail. (Still, you might consider combining a roundtrip RCI
cruise with a stay in Ravenna if you're flying in or out of
Venice Marco Polo Airport.)
HAL has several roundtrip
cruises from Venice on its 2022 calendar, with itineraries ranging from a
short seven-night Adriatic cruise to a 28-night voyage in the Eastern and
Western Mediterranean and the Holy Land. Two ships--Westerdam and
Volendam--will cruise from Venice in 2022.
One of our own favorite cruise lines is offering a handful of seven- and eight-night roundtrip
sailings from Venice
in 2022. Two ships are featured: Silver Spirit
and Silver Dawn.
Royal Caribbean's premium-priced subsidiary has three
six- to 10-night roundtrips from Venice on its calendar in 2022. All are aboard
Celebrity Constellation or Celebrity Infinity, with departures in
May and July.
In 2022, this boutique cruise line is offering seven- to
eight-night "Intensive Croatia" cruises from Venice on two ships,
Azamara Onward and Azamara Pursuit. Sailing dates are in May,
July, and October.
The large-ship luxury line's
Crystal Symphony will operate a single week-long roundtrip cruise from
Venice in October, 2022. The ship will call at ports in Croatia, Greece,
Montenegro, and Slovenia.
Boutique River Cruises
A newly renovated La Venezia (formerly
River Countess) offers a seven-night "Venice & the Gems of Northern
with excursions in Venice, the Venetian Lagoon, Padua, Bologna, and Ferrara. The ship's
season runs from the end of March through early November.
To whet your appetite, read our
review at Europe for Cruisers.
From 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.)
illustrated review at Europeforcruisers.com.
River cruising is the specialty of this French company, which operates the
Michelangelo in Venice, the Venetian Lagoon, and the Po Delta. Part of the time is spent cruising, and the rest is used for
excursions by water or land.
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 Corru, 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.