The port of Venice is the largest cruise port in the Adriatic Sea with over two million cruise passengers every year. The seaport is located between the island of Tronchetto and Piazzale Roma.
Best cruises from Venice
The most popular cruises that depart from Venice head towards destinations in the Adriatic Sea, like the Italian, Slovenian and Dalmatian coast. Of these ports, it is worth highlighting Bari (the second most important harbor of the northernmost arm of the Mediterranean Sea), Koper (a beautiful and relatively new cruise destination in Slovenia), Dubrovnik (striking walled town in Croatia) and Split (in the Dalmatian coast of Croatia).
There are also many cruises that sail to destinations in the Eastern Mediterranean like Athens, the stunning Greek Islands or Istanbul, where Asia and Europe meet.
A curious aspect about Venice’s port
All the cruise ships access Venice via the Giudecca Canal, sailing right past Piazza San Marco and the Palazzo Ducale, offering unimaginable views of Venice. In the near future, cruises will no longer be allowed to navigate down this canal because of its negative impact on the Lagoon.
The canals replete with elegant gondolas, the city's remarkable landmarks, the cuisine and even some of the Venetian traditional products like the Carnavale masks or the famous Murano glass make Venice unique. It is truly a magical place where all cruises stop to let their passengers discover one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
When to travel and when to book a cruise?
Cruise ships come into Venice all year round; however, the best time to go is between April and October.
If you have an idea of where you want to go and the dates, we recommend looking at the cruise deals that come out between November and February for the best prices possible. It is especially important if you travel with children, since the boats don’t have many family cabins.
If you purchase your cruise ticket in advance, the price is rather tempting, around 750 € - 790 U.S. dollars or £635 per adult for a 7-night cruise. In many occasions, children only have to pay the extra fees or at least, have an important discount.
On the other hand, if you do not have a fixed date and you don’t mind what cruise line to travel with, we recommend waiting for the last-minute deals. It is possible to find great offers, for less than 500€ for a week on a cruise.
Best websites to book a cruise
If you are interested in booking a cruise, we recommend the following website: