Cruises from Venice

Cruises from Venice

There’s a certain romance to cruising in Italy, with something for everyone.

Cruises from Venice is one of most spectacular sailing experiences in the Med. The sunset sail-aways here are magnificent! Sip delicious cocktails with live music on deck and watch the sights of Venice glide by as your ship sets off through the islands towards the sparling azure waters of the Mediterranean.

Grand Canal in Venice
Grand Canal in Venice

The port of Venice is located within easy walking distance of St Mark’s Square and the Grand Canal. Venice is a popular departure port for the best Med cruise destinations in Italy, Greece, Turkey and Croatia.

Itinerary options from Venice

Venice enjoys a prime location in the Central Mediterranean, which is ideal for both Eastern and Western Med cruises. It’s also possible to cruise to Venice from Southampton either as a round-trip or as a point-to-point itinerary.

Venice Cruises Itinerary Map

Cruises leaving Venice normally follow three key routes:

  • Venice to Barcelona: cruise Italy’s magnificent coastline taking in the best tourist attractions around Rome, Sicily, Naples and the Amalfi Coast. Discover the lifestyles of the rich and famous in the French Riviera, and sail into Barcelona to discover quirky architecture in Gaudi’s colourful, vibrant city.
  • Venice to Greece: soak up the spectacular black sand beaches on unique volcanic islands in Santorini, Corfu and Mykonos. Explore ancient cities, discover Greek mythology, visit temples that have been standing since circa 400BC and feast on iconic Greek cuisine such as gyros and dolmas.
  • Venice to Croatia: venture off the route well-travelled into splendid coastal coves and historic towns on the Dalmatian Coast. Stroll through the charming streets in Dubrovnik, head to Split’s quiet beaches and view magnificent waterfalls in Kvar National Park.

Cruise Ships Sailing from Venice

Cruise lines tend to base their best ships out of Venice, so those guests cruising from Venice frequently enjoy ships that are newer, more recently renovated or known within fleets to have the highest levels of guest satisfaction.

Cruise ships sailing from Venice

One of the main advantages to cruising from Venice is that ships sailing from Venice are often smaller and more intimate.

Cruising out of Venice offers a great selection of all of the major cruise lines ranging from cheap and cheerful ships to the very best in high-end luxury cruises.

  • Budget friendly Venice: cruises out of Venice offer exceptional value for money. MSC is an Italian cruise line offering no-fuss cruises that are comfortable and affordable. Norwegian Spirit embraces complete flexibility with no set dining times or formal nights, in contrast with Princess Cruises that follows a traditional cruise format at a low price-point on Pacific Princess.
  • Mid-range cruises out of Venice: the 2022 Med cruise season offers a superb choice of midsize ships including Holland America Line’s understated Westerdam, P&O’s flag ship Britannia, Virgin Voyages’ ground-breaking new ship Valliant Lady and stylish Celebrity’s Constellation. Mid-size ships are more personal than giant megaships and make a great choice for Venice itineraries.
  • High-end cruises sailing from Venice: smaller ships elevate the cruise experience with an average of just 700 guests. This allows access into much smaller, more exclusive ports with tip-top service and premium attention to detail. Oceania Nautica has been completely redesigned with a fresh, elegant feel. Regent Seven Seas Mariner is a spacious, contemporary ship with a club feel.

Travellers Top Tip
Solo travellers cruising the Med from Venice can reduce single supplements by sailing Norwegian.

The Best Time of Year for Cruises from Venice

The Venice cruise season begins in April and runs until October, with peak season dates falling in the school holidays from July to September. Cruising to the Med in peak season is lovely and hot, with a bustling atmosphere. Shoulder months bring more temperate climates and can be a good way to enjoy fewer crowds.

Couple in gondola Venice

Venice cruises are often the first to become fully booked, so it’s worth booking your 2022 cruise as soon as possible. Cruises from Venice are also now available for 2023, giving early birds some fantastic offers.

Venice Stay & Cruises

Venice is a maze that takes time to explore, so it’s well worth extending your Med cruise with a cruise and stay cruise package deal. Our Cruise Agents offer the option to include several nights’ accommodation at the start or end of Venice cruises, which is excellent value for money when included with flights and transfers as part of your cruise package.

Stay and cruise accommodation in Venice is usually at a centrally located hotel of a similar standard to your cruise ship, with water transfers to and from the airport.

San Giorgio Maggiore island, Venice Italy

Cruising from Venice: Do Something Different

Relocation cruises are very often some of the cheapest cruises available, with reduced occupancy and unique itineraries that venture well off the regular cruise routes. They also remove long haul flights from longer holidays, making the overall value for money truly exceptional.

Med cruises are very easy to combine with other parts of the world, giving those who think a little out of the box the opportunity to craft a magical adventure on a Grand Voyage or relocation cruise. Popular relocation cruise routes travel from the Med to Africa, America, Dubai and Asia.

No matter what type of Mediterranean cruise holiday you are looking for Hello Cruise can help you find the top itineraries and best value fares.