Rome is one of the most popular ports in the Mediterranean. And why not? With ancient sights, vibrant culture, and incredible food, the Eternal City is always magical.

If you’re planning a European cruise, it makes sense to leave from Rome. Because then, you’ll be able to spend a few nights in the city before or after your cruise.

Cruises from Rome actually leave from the port of Civitavecchia, which is about 30 minutes from the city. If you arrange your air through your cruise line, your transfers will be provided. If not, it’s easy to arrange independent transfers to Civitavecchia.

Hundreds of Mediterranean cruises leave from Rome — especially during the summer. But you can also board a ship bound for the Black Sea, Scandinavia, the Greek Islands, the Adriatic, or the Middle East.

If you’re pressed for time, seven-night cruises are available on Princess, Costa, Windstar, MSC, Silversea, Star Clippers, and Seabourn. You can either go roundtrip from Rome, or begin in Rome and end in Barcelona, Lisbon, or Athens.

The 7-night roundtrip voyage on Costa visits Barcelona, and ports in Mallorca, Malta, and Sicily. MSC calls at Salerno, Mallorca, Marseilles, Genoa, and Corsica.

Windstar’s seven-night cruise from Rome on Wind Surf calls at Elba, Corsica, Sardinia, Mallorca, and Valencia before disembarking passengers in Barcelona. Wind Spirit visits Ischia, Amalfi, Sicily, and Monemvasia and Mylos in Greece. Passengers leave the ship a week later in Athens.

 

Silversea’s Silver Spirit sails from Rome and visits Monte Carlo, Barcelona, and Malaga. The cruise ends in Lisbon. The beautiful clipper ship Royal Clipper manages to fit seven ports into a one-week voyage. Passengers on these cruises go ashore in Ponza, Sorrento, Capri, Amalfi, Sicily, Lipari, and Stromboli.

Those who have a little more time can opt for a 12-night cruise on Princess or Royal Caribbean. These Greek Island cruises also include stops in Turkey, and Naples.

Lovers of luxury have a couple of choices. Sea Dream II operates ten-night roundtrip cruises from Rome that call at Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, Malta, Lipari, Stromboli, Amalfi, and Capri. Seabourn Legend includes many of these ports in their two-week voyage and also adds Le Lavandou. Marseilles, Sanary-sur-Mer, Saint Raphael, and Cannes in France. The cruise ends in Monte Carlo. These are some of the most appealing European cruises.

Those who wish to visit the Middle East can opt for several cruises from Rome. Pacific Princess offers a 12-night cruise that visits Nazareth, Jerusalem, and Ephesus in addition to Naples and the Greek Islands. Celebrity does a similar cruise on their Silhouette. Holland America adds Cairo and three ports in Turkey to their 14-night cruise on Prinsendam.

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