If you are planning your first Mediterranean cruise, the chances are that many of the main Mediterranean ports will be new to you. Here are our recommended top 5 ports for your first cruise:
Barcelona is often a port of embarkation. If you’ve not visited before do consider booking an overnight stay (or two) beforehand, as there is so much to see. Failing that, arrive as early as you can and grab a cab for a short ride from the port into the city to spend at least a few hours seeing the sights. It’s easy to travel around by foot, bus or metro so you can see a lot in a day including such sights as the Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell, the Olympic Park and the Gaudi houses.
Used as the main port for both Pisa and Florence, Livorno is however approximately 25km from Pisa and 90km from Florence. You will be able to either book an excursion or travel by train to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the surrounding Campo dei Miracoli as well as the Duomo, the statue of David and the Ponte Vecchio in Florence.
Civitavecchia is the main port for Rome, an absolute must-see city for a first Mediterranean cruise. It is 45km away, but can be relatively easily, cheaply and quickly reached by train from the port. A variety of organised excursions will also be available, depending on your sightseeing priorities. Recommended sights include the Vatican with St Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Pantheon, Colosseum, Forum, Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain.
A popular port, ships dock in the heart of the city for easy access to the Archaeological Museum and other city sights. From here you can book excursions or travel independently to see the wonders of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Sorrento and Capri.
One of the great iconic cruise ports of call, also used for embarkation and disembarkation. As with Barcelona, it pays to stay over. Cruise the Grand Canal, ride in a gondola, visit St Mark’s Square, Basilica and Campanile and the Doge’s Palace. Take a water taxi or bus to the outer islands. Far too much to do and see in a day.