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Naples Italy Cruise Port Guide, Things to Do, Excursions

Piazza del Plebiscito in Naples cruise port

Welcome to Naples cruise port! (Post updated: January 2024)

Set in the heart of the Campania region and home to the most delicious pizza in Italy, impressive history and Mount Vesuvius, Naples is the third-largest city in Italy and one of the largest Mediterranean ports. Due to its diverse cultural heritage and proximity to famous destinations such as Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri Island and Amalfi Coast, the port of Naples is a frequent stop in Mediterranean cruise itineraries. In this article, read about:

  • Naples cruise port (Naples cruise terminal, getting around, helpful info & links)
  • Top 15 things to do in Naples port , including day trips to Pompeii, Herculaneum, Mount Vesuvius, Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, Capri Island

Visit also our cruise port guides to Palermo , Taormina (Messina) , Civitavecchia (Rome) ,  La Spezia (Florence) , Cagliari

Naples Cruise Port

Naples is the third-largest city in Italy after Rome and Milan, and the port of Naples ranks among the largest ports in the Mediterranean. Naples cruise terminal is located in the southern part of the city, within a short walking distance from the historic center.

The Naples cruise terminal is called Stazione Maritima , and it consists of several piers. The main pier where the cruise ships dock is Molo Beverello , situated next to the busy marina and 100 meters away from the ferry port terminal from where you can take ferries to Sorrento and Capri island.

The terminal building is large and consists of a multitude of modern facilities, such as a brand-new shopping mall, tourist information desks, ATMs, restrooms, cafeterias, restaurants, and a spacious parking lot for tour buses and taxis.

Naples cruise terminal

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  • Naples port area is flat and wheelchair accessible, however, the city is partially uphill so make sure you wear comfortable footwear.
  • The currency in Italy is EURO (€). ATMs are available at the cruise terminal area and in the city. Local currency and credit cards are widely accepted.
  • You can get a public bus on Via Nuova Marina (“via” means “the street” in Italian) that runs parallel to the port, only a 5-minute walk upon exiting the terminal. The metro stations “Municipio” and “Università” are the closest ones, reachable in less than a 10-minute walk from the cruise terminal.
  • Public buses, trams, metro and funiculars in Naples are operated by ANM – Azienda Napoletana Mobilità. TIC – Ticket Integrato Campania, is an integrated fare for public transport in Naples and there are single, hourly, daily, 7-day, monthly and annual TIC tickets and passes. The single ticket is valid for 90 minutes and costs 1.50€, while the daily ticket starts from 4.50€. You can purchase the tickets at tabacchi (tobacco stores), news kiosks, and ticket machines at Metro and funicular stations and at some bus stops. You can read in detail about public transport in Naples at
  • Naples central station (Napoli Centrale) is located at Piazza Garibaldi, around 3 km/1.9 miles (a 35-minute walk, or a 15-minute drive) northeast of Naples port. Trains in Italy are operated by the national company Trenitalia, and you can check the timetables and prices at
  • The best way to get from Naples cruise port to Naples central station is to take the subway at the Municipio metro station and get off at the Piazza Garibaldi station at Stazione Centrale di Napoli (Napoli Centrale railway station). The metro ride lasts 15 minutes, and trains go every 10 minutes. You can also take tram line 1 , or bus line 151 . You can catch these in Via Cristoforo Colombo, opposite the cruise terminal. Alternatively, you can take a taxi or walk for about 30 minutes to the Central Station. 
  • Circumvesuviana is a regional train line that serves the area around Mount Vesuvius and connects Naples to Herculaneum, Pompeii and Sorrento. The line departs from the lower level of Napoli Centrale station at Piazza Garibaldi (you don’t physically leave the building, you just turn left at the end of the platform and keep going following the signs above). Tickets cannot be purchased online, but are available directly at the station. Check out Circumvesuviana train schedules
  • The Campania Express is a special version of the Circumvesuviana train line. It is ideal for tourists as it doesn’t have as many stops as Circumvesuviana and is much more comfortable (guaranteed seats, air-conditioning, luggage storage). This line only stops in Garibaldi/Central Station Naples, Ercolano Scavi (for Herculaneum and Mount Vesuvius), Pompei, and Sorrento. These trains go faster and cost more than regular lines (around 15€ roundtrip). Check out the Campania Express train schedules
  • Outside the Naples cruise terminal, right next to the imposing medieval castle Castel Nuovo, there is a Hop on hop off bus stop. Hop on Hop off bus tours stop at major city attractions and cover 2 different routes. Check out Naples Hop on Hop off sightseeing bus tours on Viator and Get Your Guide
  • If you’re planning to visit several attractions of Naples in a day, or you’re staying for a few days in the city, The Naples Pass is the most convenient option. This official tourist pass of the city allows you to access more than 100 attractions, get discounts at museums, restaurants and shops, and enjoy unlimited rides on public transport. Book the Naples City Pass Ticket
  • Naples International Airport (Aeroporto Internazionale di Napoli) is located 7 km/4.3 miles (a 20-minute drive) northeast of Naples cruise port. To get from Naples to the airport, you can get the Unico Alibus shuttle that operates on the route Naples International Airport/Central Station/Piazza Municipio (port) or vice versa. This ticket will also allow you to use all means of transport of the companies belonging to the Unico Campania within the urban area of Naples. You can check the timetables at
  • The best time to visit Naples is between March and October, as the temperatures are pleasant and the weather is dry and warm. To get useful cruise packing tips, check out my article What to Pack for a Cruise – Top 55 Cruise Essentials
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Top 15 Things to Do in Naples Cruise Port

Naples is a large city and there are plenty of options to choose from if you decide to stay and explore the historic city center. Naples is also the main gateway to Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius, Herculaneum, Sorrento, Amalfi Coast and Capri Island. Below I share with you the top 15 things to do and see in the port of Naples, including the shore excursions to the above destinations.

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1. Castel Nuovo

Also known as Maschio Angioino Castle, Castel Nuovo is located at the exit of the cruise terminal area. This massive 13th-century military castle dominates the harbor and Piazza Municipio with its Neoclassical Palazzo San Giacomo, which houses the City Hall. The castle has five imposing towers and served as a royal seat for the kings of Naples, Aragon, and Spain until 1815. Today, Castel Nuovo houses a civic museum containing extensive art collections dating from the 15 th to the 20 th centuries, while some halls of the castle are used for temporary cultural exhibitions and events.

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Castel Nuovo

2. Castel dell Ovo

The majestic seaside castle is located at the southernmost tip of Naples city, on a peninsula (a former island) with an excellent strategic position that dominates the Gulf of Naples. It is situated 1.5 km/1 mile or a 20-minute walk from the Naples cruise port and is well worth visiting, as it is the oldest standing fortification in Naples built by the Normans in the 12 th century. There is no entrance fee, and you can climb to its two towers and an observation deck from where you can take in the breathtaking views of the Gulf of Naples and Mount Vesuvius in the distance.

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3. Piazza del Plebiscito

Situated around 800 meters, or a 10-minute walk from the Naples cruise port, the 19th-century Piazza del Plebiscito is one of the largest and most beautiful squares in Naples. With its 53-meter high dome and Greek-style columns, a large, monumental Basilica San Francesco di Paola (Church of Saint Francis) dominates Piazza del Plebiscito. The Basilica was built in the Neo-classical style and is reminiscent of Rome’s Pantheon. Simple, yet impressive, the interior of the church features valuable and beautiful architecture and artwork.

The renowned 18th-century  San Carlo Theater and Opera House (Teatro di San Carlo), as well as the 17th-century sumptuously decorated Royal Palace of Naples (Palazzo Reale di Napoli), are other two important buildings that you can see around the square.

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Piazza del Plebiscito and Basilica San Francesco di Paola

4. Castel Sant’Elmo

Perched atop the Vomero hill overlooking the city of Naples, Castel Sant’Elmo is a medieval, star-shaped fortress with a rich history dating back to the 14th century. Originally built as a royal residence, it later served as a military stronghold. Today, Castel Sant’Elmo houses the Naples Museum of Medieval Art, showcasing a diverse collection of artifacts.

The highlight of the castle is the breathtaking panoramic views of Naples and the Bay of Naples that you can admire from the top. The easiest way to reach the castle is by funicular that you can catch on Via Toledo (one of the main streets located a 10-minute walk from the port). The funicular runs all the time and will take you to the top of the hill. From the top station, you still need to walk about 10 minutes to the castle. A small entrance fee is required to enter the castle (it was 5€ in 2023).

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Naples city panorama - View from Castel Sant Elmo

5. Naples Cathedral

Also known as Duomo di San Gennaro or the Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary, it is the main church of Naples completed in the 14 th century in honor of Saint Januarius, the patron saint of the city. It is located 2 km/1.2 miles or a 25-minute walk from the Naples cruise port. It boasts a stunning neo-Gothic façade and an equally impressive interior featuring art-filled chapels, and 4th-century mosaics and relics.

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Naples Cathedral

6. Naples Old Town

Naples is a vibrant city bursting with life, full of colorful, authentic streets where you can find plenty of shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, street sellers, and much more. There are several streets you can explore, and they are all within walking distance from Naples cruise port.

The most famous ones are the pedestrian streets Via Toledo and Via Chiaia – they are both located a 15-minute walking distance from the port and they meet at Piazza del Plebiscito and Fontana del Carciofo. They are super crowded and packed with countless shops, restaurants, bars, and pizzerias offering mouth-watering pizzas, panzerotti, pasta, and other Italian authentic dishes.

Another famous street that traverses the Naples historic center is Spaccanapoli – a narrow, straight, and long promenade where you can explore historic churches, palaces, bustling piazzas, unique shops, and a large number of restaurants, bars, and open-air cafes.

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The side alleys of Napoli

7. Taste the Local Pizza

When it comes to tasting pizza in Naples – it is an absolute must! The pizza was invented in Naples, and in every place where I tried it – that was the best pizza I’ve ever had in my life! For over one century, L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele has had the reputation of making the best pizza in Naples, and that’s where Julia Roberts was featured indulging in a slice of pizza in the “Eat, Pray, Love” movie. The pizzeria is only 20 minutes’ walk away from the port!

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Eating delicious Napoli pizza and Italian specialties with friends

8. Galleria Umberto I

Located only a 10-minute walk from Naples cruise port, Galleria Umberto I stands next to the San Carlo Theater and near Piazza del Plebiscito. It is a cross-shaped, glass-and-iron-covered public shopping gallery built in the 19 th century, declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. Featuring a large glass dome and the Art-Nouveau architectural style, the gallery is home to numerous cafes and shops, and you can access it for free.

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Galleria Umberto I

9. Galleria Borbonica

Also known as Bourbon Gallery or Bourbon Tunnel, it is an impressive underground passage built for military purposes to connect the Royal Palace to military barracks in Naples. It is situated 2 km/1.2 miles, or a 25-minute somewhat uphill walk from the Naples cruise port and represents one of the most unique places you can visit in Naples. Constructed in the 19 th century, the stunning underground tunnels served as an escape route for the royal inhabitants, and also as a shelter for Naples residents during the bombardments during World War II.

Old cars from 1970, Bourbon Tunnel

Time permitting, I highly recommend you take one of the Bourbon Tunnel tours , as they are a fascinating way to discover the important and emotional moments in the history of Naples. On tour, you can visit underground caves, a restored ancient cistern, vintage artifacts dating from WWII, pieces of sculptures, old cars and bikes, and much more. If you are seeking some adrenaline rush, you can go for an adventure or Speleo tour as well. Overall, I was truly impressed by the visit, and I strongly suggest you put it on your Naples bucket list.

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10. Pompeii

Pompeii visit is by far the most popular day trip from Naples, due to the huge historical importance of this world-famous archaeological site. Nestled at the foothills of Mount Vesuvius, the ancient city of Pompeii, along with Herculaneum and other neighboring towns, was buried under 4 to 6 meters (13 to 20 ft) of volcanic ash and pumice in the eruption of the powerful Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The everyday life of this wealthy city was frozen at the moment it was buried, thus the excavated site offered a unique snapshot of Roman life and its inhabitants.

Pompeii archeological site has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most visited attractions in Italy. Today, visitors can roam through the elegantly paved streets of ancient Pompeii, admire the ruins of the lavish mansions and villas of distinguished Romans, visit their elaborate bathhouses, a multitude of Roman temples, a massive 20.000-capacity Amphitheatre of Pompeii, and more. You can learn about the tragic destiny of the ancient city and over 2.000 Pompeii residents on a self-guided tour, or on a guided tour which I highly recommend.

If  the weather is hot and sunny, make sure you bring a hat and water, as the largest portion of the Pompeii Archeological Park is not shaded. Keep an eye on your belongings, as there are many pickpockets on the trains in particular. Wear comfortable shoes , as there is a lot of walking involved. The ruins of Pompeii are partially wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get from Naples to Pompeii?

The distance from Naples cruise port to Pompeii Archeological Park is 25 km/15.5 miles, or a 25-minute drive. There are several ways to get from Naples to Pompeii.

  • BOOK A TOUR – Although it takes a full day to explore Pompeii, cruise ships offer half-day tours to Pompeii from Naples . These tours often include traveling in big groups, but in my opinion, to fully enjoy the place, you should go for a  small-group tour . In case you decide to visit on your own, make sure you book Pompeii skip-the-line tickets to avoid long queues and crowds.
  • BOOK A TAXI/PRIVATE TRANSFER – In case you’ve already booked your entrance tickets to Pompeii, the private transfer is the best, fastest, and most convenient option to get to the ruins. It’s even cheaper than a taxi and guarantees you a safe return to the ship. Compare the transfer prices from Napoli to Pompei
  • TRAIN FROM NAPLES TO POMPEII – Take the Circumvesuviana train at Napoli Centrale (Naples central train station at Piazza Garibaldi) and get off at Pompei Scavi/Villa Dei Misteri stop. The train ride lasts 30-35 minutes, and trains go every 30 minutes. Once you get off at Pompeii Scavi-Villa Dei Misteri, the entrance to the archeological site is only a 5-minute walk. The Circumvesuviana line to Pompeii is quite busy, and you might not be able to get a seat. There is no luggage disposal area. Due to the large crowds on the trains, I suggest you save at least one hour for the ride each way.

11. Herculaneum Ruins

Located around 15 km/9.5 miles, or less than a 30-minute drive from Naples cruise port, Herculaneum is another ancient city in Campania that was destroyed in the Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD along with Pompeii and several other neighboring towns. Smaller in size than Pompeii, but equally wealthy, Herculaneum was a popular resort town and seaside destination for many Roman patrician families.

Today, visitors can stroll through the ruins of Herculaneum and visit the wealthy Roman’s notable houses, sumptuously adorned baths, halls decorated with frescoes and mosaics, splendid arches and columns, spacious atriums… The most popular ruins are Men’s Baths, Hall of the Augustals, Samnite House, House of Relief of Telephus, and Fornici. It takes only 2-3 hours to visit Herculaneum, which is an ideal option for a half-day trip.

Some parts of the Herculaneum ruins are not wheelchair accessible, and it is highly recommended to leave kids’ strollers or pushchairs at the free bag check counter at the entrance.

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Herculaneum ruins near Naples cruise port

How to Get to Herculaneum from Naples?

  • BOOK A TOUR – You can visit Herculaneum with a cruise ship shore excursion or on a private, customized tour (always the most convenient option!)/ small group tour . The archeological site is not as large as Pompeii, and a Herculaneum tour lasts from 2-3 hours.
  • BOOK A TAXI/PRIVATE TRANSFER – It takes a 30-minute drive to get from Naples to Herculaneum and it’s always the most comfortable option. Compare the prices of a private transfer
  • TAKE A TRAIN TO HERCULANEUM – A train ride is an alternative option. Take the Circumvesuviana train at Naples central station (Napoli Centrale – Piazza Garibaldi) and get off at the “ Ercolano Scavi ” stop, located a 10-minute walk from Herculaneum. Circumvesuviana train line runs every 30 minutes between Naples and Sorrento and has several stops, including Pompeii and Herculaneum stops. The train ride from Naples to Herculaneum lasts 15-20 minutes. Check the timetables here .

12. Mount Vesuvius

Towering over the city of Naples and the ruins of the ancient Pompeii, Herculaneum, and neighboring cities, the mighty Vesuvius dominates the Gulf of Naples and is one of several volcanoes that form the Campanian volcanic arc. Vesuvius has become notoriously world-famous due to the eruption in 79 AD that buried the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis, and Stabiae, killing 16.000 people overall. The Vesuvius has erupted over 50 times for thousands of years, and its last eruption lasted from 1913-1944. It is still considered active, and one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world.

Today, it is possible to visit the Vesuvius National Park and explore its trails, the Great Cono crater (Il Gran Cono) situated at 1.000 meters above sea level, and the park’s rich historical and cultural heritage, consisting of the museum, archeological sites, the Roman villas, and historical buildings. If you are into hiking, there is a network of 11 paths of a total length of 54 km (33.5 mi) that you can explore and enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Naples, Lazio, and the Campania region.

The Mount Vesuvius hike is moderate and you should wear comfortable shoes. Bring a hat, water and of course a good camera . The visit to the crater lasts approximately 1.5 hours. Check the weather because if it rains, you won’t be able to see the crater (it is closed for safety reasons).

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Mount Vesuvius

Hot to Get from Naples to Mount Vesuvius?

  • BOOK A TOUR – Cruise ships normally offer the Mount Vesuvius hiking tours, but the number of spots available on these tours is quite limited, so make sure you pre-book the tickets to ensure your spot. If you are looking for a more private option, you should go for   small group tours . 
  • BOOK A TAXI/PRIVATE TRANSFER – The distance between the Naples cruise port and Mount Vesuvius is roughly 20 km/12.5 miles, or a 30-minute drive. Compare the transfer prices
  • VISIT VESUVIUS BY TRAIN – Take the Circumvesuviana train for Sorrento or Poggiomarino via Pompeii at Naples central station (Stazione Centrale – Piazza Garibaldi) and get off at either Ercolano Scavi station (the one where you get off for Herculaneum) or Pompei – Villa Dei Misteri (the one where you get off for Pompeii). From both train stations, you can hop on the local bus going to Vesuvius. The local bus company is EAV, and the buses run quite rarely (every hour or even more). Check the timetables and prices on their official website: .

13. Sorrento

Located on the opposite side of the Gulf of Naples, about 50 km/31 miles from the port of Naples, Sorrento is a magnificent cliffside town and a popular tourist resort on the Sorrentine Peninsula. Sorrento boasts a scenic coastline, gorgeous landscapes, and a multitude of colorful houses, and is widely known for its wood-carving traditions, ceramics, marquetry, and lacework shops.

You can stroll through its lively Tasso Square (Piazza Tasso), the central square where you’ll find quaint shops, restaurants, and bars serving delicious Italian specialties and local wine. Delight in the views of the picturesque port of Sorrento – Marina Grande , browse the shops of Via san Cesareo – the main shopping hub of the city, visit a beautiful 14th-century Cathedral of Sorrento , or take in the breathtaking views of the bay from Villa Comunale park and gardens.

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How to Get from Naples to Sorrento?

  • BOOK A TOUR : Cruise ships and independent tour operators offer a wide variety of shore excursions to Sorrento, which is the best option if you want to have a Sorrento guided tour and hear fascinating stories and legends associated with this beautiful coastal town.
  • TAKE A FERRY FROM NAPLES TO SORRENTO – The fastest and one of the most pleasant ways to reach the town is to take a ferry to Sorrento from Naples cruise port. The ferry ride can take between 35 minutes to 1h 10 minutes, depending on the ferry company. You embark on the ferry at Molo Beverello ferry station, located only a 5-minute walk from the cruise ship’s dock. The ferries run every 90 minutes, and the main ferry company that provides the ferry services is Alilauro. You can check rates and departure times on their website: . You can purchase the tickets at the ticket office at Molo Beverello, or online (I highly recommend you buy them at the ferry station because the ride can sometimes be canceled due to rough weather , etc.).
  • BOOK A TAXI/PRIVATE TRANSFER TO SORRENTO – The distance between Naples cruise port and Sorrento is 50 km/31 miles or a 1-hour drive. This is the most comfortable and safest option, especially for families with kids and groups of more than 3 people. Check out the best transfer deals from Naples to Sorrento
  • TAKE A TRAIN FROM NAPLES TO SORRENTO – The train ride is another popular and convenient option. The train from Naples to Sorrento departs from Naples central station – Napoli Stazione Centrale and two rail lines are going to Sorrento: Circumvesuviana line or Campania Express. Check out Circumvesuviana train schedules and Campania Express train schedules to Sorrento.

14. Amalfi Coast

A trip to the marvelous Amalfi Coast is one of the most attractive day trips from Naples. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this scenic stretch of coastline is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy. Dramatic mountain cliffs, eye-catching, colorful villages, terraced vineyards, secluded pebbled beaches, and bright-yellow lemon groves are the typical landscapes you can admire while you travel through this gorgeous region.

Amalfi Coast consists of a multitude of villages, the most famous one being Amalfi – a tiny, seaside village boasting narrow, cobblestone streets lined with cafes, shops, and typical Italian restaurants, and a beautiful St. Andrew Cathedral (Cathedral of Sant’ Andrea). The cathedral dominates the main village square – Piazza del Duomo , and dates from the 9 th century when the original church was built. The Cathedral features a magnificent 18th-century Norman-Arab-Byzantine façade and the splendid Cloister of Paradise that served as a burial ground for the noble Amalfi families back in the Middle Ages. In the village, you’ll also find many authentic shops selling colorful hand-painted ceramics and the region’s signature limoncello liquor.

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Amalfi Coast - Day Trip from Naples cruise port

Besides Amalfi, there are many other places you can visit, such as the picturesque village of Positano , Praiano , Furore , Ravello , the Sirenusas (the Gallos, or Li Galli) archipelago , Fornillo , the Bay of Positano , and much more. It takes more than one day to visit Amalfi Coast, however, if you stay one day in Naples – you should carefully plan an Amalfi Coast day trip from Naples so you can get the most out of it.

How to Get from Naples to Amalfi Coast?

  • BOOK A TOUR : To get the most out of the Amalfi Coast in a day, the Amalfi Coast tour from Naples is by far the best option for cruise ship passengers. Cruise ships offer various shore excursions to Amalfi Coast that you can choose from, or you can opt for one of the independent tour operators’ tours as these are often more flexible and cheaper. Explore Amalfi Coast day trips from Naples
  • TAXI/ PRIVATE TRANSFER  – The distance from Naples cruise port to Amalfi Coast is about 65 km/40.5 miles, or up to a 1-hour 30-minute drive. This is one of the fastest and most efficient options. Check out the best private transfer deals
  • TRAIN FROM NAPLES TO AMALFI COAST – To get to Amalfi Coast, the best option is to embark on a train at Napoli Centrale to Vietri Sul Mare, one of the villages of the Amalfi Coast. The train ride lasts about 1 hour and has one connection stop at Salerno. You can check the timetables on . From Vietri Sul Mare, you can use the local public transport – SITA buses , to get to other villages. Another option is to take a train directly from Naples to Salerno (a 40-minute ride), and then take the SITA local bus to Amalfi, Maiori, Minori, Ravello, and other villages. It takes a 45-minute drive to reach Amalfi from Salerno. Check SITA bus schedules on the company’s official website . Last but not least, you can take the train to Sorrento, and then switch to one of the SITA buses that serve Amalfi Coast villages. This is a better option if you want to visit Positano or Praiano villages. Keep in mind that an option that includes a local bus can be slow and is not recommended to cruise passengers due to the ship’s limited time in port.
  • TAKE A FERRY : From April to October, you can take a train/ferry to Sorrento, and then take a local bus to Amalfi Coast. An alternative option is to take a train or bus to Salerno, and then take a round-trip ferry or hydrofoil ride to Positano, Minori, and Amalfi. The departure point in Salerno is Concordia Square (Piazza Della Concordia), opposite the train station. Check the ferry connections and timetables here:

15. The Island of Capri

Known as “the Island of Dreams”, Capri is one of the most exclusive Italian resorts and a popular day trip from Naples. The tiny island boasts a great number of natural attractions and historic sights, and its main city bears the same name as the island – Capri.

You can take a boat to the Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzura), a magical sea cave boasting incredible blue and silver colors of water that change based on the sunlight coming into the cavern’s mouth. Faraglioni rocks are another must-see natural treasure of Capri Island, situated in the south of the islet. You can stroll through Marina Grande , the vibrant harbor and the main port of Capri, full of shops, restaurants, and bars where you can savor Italian specialties and great local wines.

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Faraglioni Rocks - Capri island, day trip from Naples cruise port

You can visit the splendid Gardens of Augustus , Marina Piccola – home to the mythical Siren’s rock, where according to the myths the sirens seductively sang to Odysseus, or the 19 th century luxurious Villa San Michele – the home of famous Swedish physician Alex Munthe.

In the town of Capri, explore Piazza Umberto I (known as Piazzetta), the bustling central square packed with brand stores, bars, and fancy restaurants, featuring a beautiful clock tower that represents the iconic symbol of the town. There are several churches and historical landmarks nearby, such as the baroque Church of Santo Stefano that dominates the square, or Certosa di San Giacomo (the Charterhouse of St. Giacomo), the 14th-century Carthusian monastery and one of the oldest buildings on the island. If you are into archeological ruins, head over to Villa Jovis , the impressive ruins of a grand Roman palace dating from 27 AD, located on the northeastern coast of Capri.

How to Get from Naples to Capri Island?

  • BOOK A TOUR : The cruise ship shore excursions department normally offers Capri tours, however, I suggest you book this tour with a reputable independent tour operator as it’s cheaper. Check out the best Capri Island tours from Naples
  • NAPLES TO CAPRI FERRY RIDE – The ferry ride varies from 50 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes, and there are several companies providing ferry transport. Some of them depart from Molo Beverello and some from Calata Porta di Massa (located next to it). There are high-speed, regular, and slow ferries, and the frequency depends on the season (from April to October they are more frequent due to the number of tourists). You can check the timetables on the Naples ferry schedule website .

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The cruise port in Naples is in the Molo Beverello district, in the very heart of the City of Naples. You can just walk directly off the ship and in 10 minutes be in the centre of the City of Naples. Most of  Naples main sightseeing attractions  are within walking distance or a short bus ride.

Also within about 10-minutes' walk of your ship is the main terminus of the  Naples open top, hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus  that has three main routes covering all the attractions of Naples, though not outside the city to Pompeii.

If you want to cover Naples, are independently minded and want to make best use of the little time you have, then a  2-hour small group early morning orientation tour of the City of Naples  covering all the main sights and access to a local guide is a great way to familiarise yourself with the city, so by mid-morning you can strike out in an informed manner to make best use of your remaining time.

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Pompeii, mount vesuvius & herculaneum independently.

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It is pretty straightforward to visit either Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius & Herculaneum under your own steam using the Circumvesuviana trains. The Circumvesuviana train leaves from Naples Porta Nolana Station a couple of miles from the cruise/ferry port so you will need a local bus or taxi for this transfer.

The Circumvesuviana trains are mass transit trains that run about every 30 minutes to Pompeii and Ercolano Scavi station for Herculaneum.

Note these trains are not really advised for the old and frail. They are always crowded to the seams and there is a good chance you won't get a seat for part of the journey.

It should also be said that this is not Switzerland so do give yourself good contingency to get back to the ship.

Note for both trains and admissions credit cards are not taken so you need cash (in euros).

Independently you will probably have time on a cruise excursion to visit one of these. Pompeii is clearly the headline act and is a vast site and is further away from Naples than Herculaneum.

Many people prefer Herculaneum as it is much more compact than Pompeii and the buildings are better preserved. As an independent visitor there isn't much information to make sense of what you are seeing, at minimum you need to invest in the hire of an audio guide.

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Public cruise excursion tours from Naples cruise ships

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You will return to the Naples port from your shore excursion tour in good time.

In the very rare event your ship has departed, transport will be arranged for you to the next port of call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to board the tour, your money will be refunded. See the terms and conditions on the tour detail pages linked below for full details.

Pompeii & Vesuvius tour excursion options and tickets

All the tour options below are tours designed specifically for cruise passengers arriving at Naples and will pick-up and drop you at the cruise port terminal.




• Entrance to Pompeii • Professional guide • Transport by shared air-conditioned minibus • Port pick-up and drop-off

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• Entry to Mount Vesuvius • Emtry to Pompeii • Pizza lunch included • Professional guide • Transport by shared air-conditioned minibus • Port pick-up and drop-off

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• Entry to Mount Vesuvius • Pizza lunch included • Professional guide • Transport by shared air-conditioned minibus • Port pick-up and drop-off



• Entrance and guided tour of Pompeii • Naples City tour • Professional guide • Transport by shared air-conditioned minibus • Port pick-up and drop-off



• Entrance to Pompeii •  Pizza lunch included • Professional guide • Transport by shared air-conditioned coach • Port pick-up and drop-off

Private day tours from Naples cruise ships

All private tour options come with English speaking driver, comfortable touring vehicle, very flexible itinerary options and door to door service.

Your English speaking driver will be native to the region and will ensure your trip encompasses all the best landscapes available.

All vehicles are non smoking and fully air conditioned. We offer three sizes of vehicle, for 1-3 people, 4 or 5 people and 6 to 8 people. Price is per vehicle not passenger.

After booking you pay a small deposit and receive a voucher through email. The remainder will be paid directly to the driver.

We offer two well proven itineraries exploring the best of the region. If you have your own alternative itinerary in mind, use our custom itinerary service, using the enquiry form at the bottom of this page.

Private shore excursion to Pompeii and tour of Sorrento, Positano and the Amalfi Coast

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Your driver will collect you at the pre-arranged time and you can relax in your comfortable vehicle during the short drive to the ancient Roman remains at Pompeii where you will have two hours to explore the amazing ruins of the town.

This is followed by a short drive to Sorrento and Positano, two beautiful towns on the delightful Amalfi coast.

Your driver will be at your disposal throughout your trip and will ensure you have plenty of opportunities to take photographs of landscapes and scenery you admire while en route. Your return journey from Positano to Naples takes around 90 minutes.

Pompeii tickets are not included in the tour. You can pay on the day or you can pre-book a guide with us to show you around the highlights of Pompeii so you do not miss anything. You can also pre-book Pompeii fast track tickets in the reservation process.

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• Private full day tour of Pompeii & Amalfi Coast • Visit to Pompeii ruins • Driving tour & time to explore Pearls of Amalfi Coast: Sorrento & Positano • English speaking driver • Port pick up/drop-off

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Your driver will collect you at the pre-arranged time and you can relax in your comfortable vehicle during the one hour drive to Sorrento.

You'll have an hour to explore Sorrento and admire the views across the Bay of Naples to Mount Vesuvius and the Isle of Capri. After leaving Sorrento you will be taken on a short drive to the pretty fishing village of Positano which nestles next to the azure blue sea and is surrounded by towering mountains.

Amalfi is the next major town along the coastline and a popular tourist destination. After a brief stop in Amalfi you'll be driven to Ravello, another historic town with plenty of architectural monuments dating back to the 5th century.

Your driver will be at your disposal throughout your trip and will ensure you have plenty of opportunities to take photographs of landscapes and scenery you admire while en route. On leaving Ravello your return journey to Naples takes around 75 minutes.


• Private full day tour of Amalfi Coast • Driving tour & time to explore Pearls of Amalfi Coast: Sorrento, Positano, Ravello & Amalfi • English speaking driver • Port pick up/drop-off

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If the above tour options don't quite fit your requirements, don't worry we normally meet most people's requirements. Please use the form below to set out your unique requirement and we will normally be able to provide a proposal within a day or two.


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The beautiful Amalfi Coastline is a must-do excursion from Naples, Italy

Jaw-droppingly beautiful, the area south of Naples, the Amalfi Coast, La Dolce Vita , a slice of paradise, and a destination worthy of a thousand more cliches, is worthy of a trip to Italy. And soon. The best shore excursions to the Amalfi Coast happen when your cruise ship drops anchor in the port of Naples.

One day, we hope there will be a mainstream, family cruise line that stays in the port in Naples overnight, giving us more time in this heavenly part of southern Italy. Only the smaller, ultra-luxury cruise ships and yachts offer this alternative now.

We are, of course, talking about the Amalfi Coast and the island of Capri. Not far away, Pompeii sits under Mount Vesuvius and offers a glimpse of a tragic event in the streets, buildings, and remnants left behind. It’s enticing to want to witness the silent beauty of the ruined city.

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So, how do you squeeze all these sights into one day when your cruise ship anchors in the port? The answer is to have the help of a professional tour guide offering shore excursions to the Amalfi Coast, which may be your best cruise excursion yet.

Let’s look at these destinations separately and break them down so you know what to expect. Then, you can build your perfect day out on shore with a tour guide, a tailor-made trip just for you and your family. Alternatively, join a small group tour with an itinerary for the destinations you want to visit; there are many combinations.

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Cruise port Naples – gateway to ancient history and stunning scenery

The cruise port of Naples is a bustling gateway to some of the country’s most iconic destinations. As one of the largest ports in the Mediterranean, Naples offers visitors a chance to explore the ancient ruins of Pompeii, the stunning Amalfi Coast, the island of Capri, or the city of Naples itself.

With a rich history dating back to ancient times, Naples is a city of contrasts, blending its colorful past with a vibrant modern city.

Upon arrival, visitors are greeted by the stunning Bay of Naples and the towering Mount Vesuvius in the distance. The port is modern and well-equipped, offering a range of facilities and services for visitors.

From here, it’s just a short journey to the city center, where you can stroll around the shops, sample delicious local cuisine, or visit one of the many museums and art galleries.

If you want to stay in the city during your day on shore, it’s a good idea to research what you want to see; the city can be busy and chaotic. Stick to the main streets, such as the areas around Piazza del Plebiscito, Castel dell’Ovo, and the shopping district of Via Toledo, which are generally safer and popular with tourists.

For most of us, however, visiting Naples is just too good an opportunity to miss to venture further afield. We are, of course, talking about Pompeii, Capri, Sorrento, and the Amalfi Coast. But what are your options with just one day in the port?

Discovering the best of Pompeii, Capri, and the Amalfi Coast in one day with a tour guide

A shore excursion to Pompeii, Capri, and the Amalfi Coast is a thrilling experience for cruise guests arriving in Naples. But seeing all three destinations in one day can also be challenging. Fortunately, a tour guide can help you make the most of your time and ensure a seamless and enjoyable experience.

We recommend some hand-picked tour guide companies in Italy that can help you have your perfect day. There are several ways to see these destinations. Your guide may suggest an alternative itinerary depending on your arrival and departure time. For example, starting with Pompeii instead of ending with it.

Capri – celebrities, glamour, and luxury shopping

Upon arrival at the port, your guide takes you by boat to the beautiful island of Capri, known for its stunning scenery and crystal-clear waters. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to see the island from the water and explore the famous Grotta Azzurra (The Blue Grotto). To pack everything into one day, a stop to go ashore and wander around Capri is not included here.

If you want to spend more time in Capri, we recommend omitting Pompeii from your itinerary. There are plenty of other tour options we can suggest to suit you.

From Capri, it’s back onto the boat and along the dramatic coastline of the Amalfi Coast. You will see stunning panoramic views and charming coastal towns.

Visitors are brought to shore, often at Amalfi, Ravello, or Positano. Each of these three towns has a unique charm and character and an abundance of stunning scenery that make them bucket-list destinations for every kind of traveler.

Amalfi – the town that names the coastline

Amalfi has fantastic architecture. The vibrant town center is filled with shops, restaurants, and cafes. Visit the iconic Cathedral of Saint Andrew in Piazza del Duomo. Climb the steps of this 9th-century church to see the beautiful Byzantine-style interior. The town has a centuries-old tradition of paper-making. The museum is in a fantastic old paper mill from the 13th century. It’s worth a visit – pick up some souvenirs from the gift shop before you exit the museum.

Discover Atrani, and Spiaggia di Atrani

Less than 10 minutes by bus from the center of Amalfi town is the tiny village of Atrani, with its beautiful beach. Hidden away from most tourists to the area, it’s well worth a visit to soak up the atmosphere, snap some photos, eat gelato, and paddle in the ocean.

The hidden gem of Ravello

Ravello is located high up in the hills so you can imagine the views of the Amalfi coastline from here. Dotted around are lush gardens and grand villas from bygone eras. Don’t miss visiting the 13th-century Villa Cimbrone . Now a stunning hotel and gardens, it oozes charm and character. We also recommend a visit to the mosaics of Ravello Cathedral. From here, get lost in the charming alleyways and courtyards in the town.

Positano – a picture-perfect paradise you can’t resist

Positano is a colorful town with postcard views of the pastel houses dotted up the hillside. Follow the narrow, winding streets that end at the black sand beach, the Spiaggia Grande. Along the way, discover shops with unique local crafts, authentic gelato, and limoncello tasting.

Pompeii, under the shadow of Vesuvius

From the Amalfi coast, you’ll switch to road transportation to Pompeii, the ancient Roman city buried by Mount Vesuvius’s eruption in AD 79. You will have a comprehensive tour of the ruins, including the famous Villa of the Mysteries and the amphitheater, and learn the history and significance of each site.

Booking with a professional guide will save time and fit much more into your day, making the most of your visit. You will be taken back to Naples’s cruise port from Pompeii to board your ship again.

A knowledgeable tour guide means an unforgettable shore excursion

Throughout the day, your guide will provide insider knowledge and ensure you see and experience the best of each destination. With careful planning, you’ll be able to see Pompeii, Capri, and the Amalfi Coast in one day. And return to your cruise ship with time to spare.

Our travel partners offer guarantees to get you back on time and cancellation policies for peace of mind when booking. Before confirming and paying, you must read the terms and conditions relevant to your booking.

With so much to see in this region, it’s no wonder Naples is a popular port of call for cruise passengers. So, seek out the cruise route with Naples on its itinerary, then pack your bags and prepare for an unforgettable adventure in this beautiful corner of Italy.

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Ultimate Sorrento and Amalfi Coast

  • Discover the famous Amalfi Coast, with stops in serene Sorrento, picturesque Positano, and captivating Amalfi
  • Enjoy a small -roup tour, limited to 20 people, ensuring an intimate and unforgettable day-long adventure from the scenic Bay of Naples
  • Discover the charm of Sorrento, with its spectacular cliffside setting amidst lemon and olive groves
  • Explore the ancient streets of Positano and Amalfi, finding unique treasures in the local shops and savoring the region's famous limoncello liqueur
  • Uncover the tranquility of Ravello, a hidden gem known as the City of Music, with its enchanting mountaintop setting and cultural richness


Depart from Naples and the cruise port and set off for a day-long adventure like no other. From the scenic Bay of Naples leave on the world-famous coastal road with hairpin bends and travel the winding and jaw-dropping panoramic Amalfi coast drive making your way first to serene Sorrento, approximately 1.5 hours south of Naples' urban intensity. This small group tour keeps the number of guests limited to no more than 20 people to allow for a very special and intimate day.

Arrive at Sorrento and immediately be in awe of her beauty, standing on a terrace that increases rapidly above the sea on one of the most spectacular points of the Campania coast. Wedged on this ledge between the mountains and the Mediterranean, this attractive resort town is a must-do for vacationers in the region. Due to its location and mild climate, Sorrento had been favored as a place of choice by ancient Romans. Spend approximately 1-hour in Sorrento and discover for yourself a most pleasant place to stroll and admire what the locals have gone out of their way to create in a completely safe and relaxed place for tourists. Interjected with lemon and olive groves, this gateway to the Amalfi Coast has an unspoiled old quarter, a lively main shopping street, and the most spectacular cliffside setting.

Continue from Sorrento along the spectacular narrow coastal highway to Positano, an approximately 1-hour drive, located in the middle of the Amalfi coast. Like the legendary Sirens of Li Galli, this scenic locale never fails to seduce her travelers. From the sea, Positano is set in a dramatic vertical panorama of colors with green from the Monti Lattari to white, pink, and yellow Mediterranean houses. The Ancient Romans built numerous, lavish villas on the coast here, the ruins of which can be seen in the vicinity of the Church dell 'Assunta. The majolica tiled dome of the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta can be seen from every corner of the town. A Byzantine-inspired Icon of a black Madonna, dating to the 18th century, is conserved inside the church. After the road united the town with Sorrento and Naples, the first tourists reached Positano, but these were no ordinary tourists, but rather an elite group of travelers comprised of intellectuals, artists, and celebrities who, from the early 20th century onwards, elected Positano as their preferred holiday resort. Positano is ideal for shopping so spend approximately 1 hour here and stroll the quaint and ancient streets to explore and find unique treasures and souvenirs.

Next up, you will travel from Positano to Amalfi, the town the coastal drive has been named after. This beautiful and graceful place is known for clusters of white buildings that shine like a pearl in the strand of towns looped along the Amalfi coast. After an approximately 1-hour drive, arrive at one of the more level towns and discover how it rambles up the hillside from the water instead of clinging precariously to it like some of the other famous destinations, making it easier to walk. One of the most historic towns along the Amalfi Coast, Amalfi had a glorious history as a maritime republic whose status joined the ranks of coastal powerhouses like Pisa, Venice, and Genoa. This prestigious town preserves important evidence from the cathedral dedicated to St. Andrew which dominates the homonymous square from the top of a staircase and intricate alleyways of white houses perched on one another. Spend approximately 1 hour here and discover the primary product is enormous orbs of lemons, picked fresh to make limoncello liqueur and used in local dishes as well. The lemon motif shows up in regional ceramics and a citrus scent fills the air as you meander about.

Lastly, and to round out this most extraordinary day, leave Amalfi and travel to Ravello, a short 15-minute drive away. Located between the most precious gems of the Amalfi Coast, Ravello is famous for its tranquil atmosphere and panoramic views. This hidden treasure with villas and gardens has been named the City of Music and is home to the Villa Cimbrone, Villa Rufolo, the striking Oscar Niemeyer Auditorium, and a vibrant cultural scene. With thousands of years of history, this enchanting mountaintop setting has enthralled countless visitors, inspired artists, and fulfilled passion in others. There are still chapters yet to be written along her medieval streets, in garden villas, and along ancient stone paths. After approximately 1-hour here it will be time to return to Naples and your cruise ship.

Don't miss this chance to spend your day leisurely visiting these gems of the Amalfi Coast! Please note: due the traffic condition and in order to guarantee the last boarding, the itinerary may undergo variations, reducing the visit to the towns to 3 and guaranteeing short panoramic stops along the route. Feel free to agree with your driver the best itinerary for you!


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Experience Ancient History and Lush Living on Naples Shore Excursions

As a port of call, Naples offers Mediterranean cruise passengers the opportunity to experience venues that run the gamut from ancient to modern, from traditional to trendy, and checking out the variety of Naples shore excursions can help you decide what best fits your interests and schedule.

When disembarking from your cruise to Naples , you’ll feel the tug of ancient history, as Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius and, Herculaneum are minutes away, and you’ll also feel the pull of the lush life offered by the likes of Positano, Capri, Sorrento, and the Amalfi Coast.

Naples shore excursions that take you to the ruins of Pompeii and also to Mount Vesuvius are among the most popular, and there are tours that add other sightseeing adventures to make your time in Naples special and memorable. Explore Capri, Sorrento, and Pompeii on a daylong adventure that affords spectacular views from a jetfoil, a funicular, and a coach ride.

Discover Sorrento by scheduling one of the Naples shore excursions that show off the city that overlooks the Bay of Naples and offers spectacular views of the Amalfi coast. Stroll the town on a guided tour that takes you through the centro storico (town center) to narrow alleys filled with charming shops; be dazzled by the collections in the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli that include Roman artifacts from Pompeii and Herculaneum, as well as mosaics, ceramics, and silver; see the Sorrento Cathedral that dates back to the 10th century.

The Bay of Naples and the Amalfi coast offer some of the most beautiful vistas in all of Italy, and there are Naples cruise tours that take full advantage of the stunning views and turquoise waters. Sail to the Isle of Capri, then board a small boat to float to the Blue Grotto, or take a guided cruise that lands at the town of Amalfi. Explore the town, including the Cathedral of St. Andrea, with your guide or stroll on your own.

It’s a given that food is an essential element of any cruise to Italy , and there’s no better place to experience Italian food than Naples, known as the birthplace of pizza. Savor an excursion that offers a small group tour for a pizza lunch at one of Naples’ famous pizzerias or to get an even more in depth feel for the food and culture of the area, book a guided walking and tasting tour of Sorrento.

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  • Naples Full Day Pompeii and Herculaneum Sightseeing Excursion S3407

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  • Air-conditioned and licensed round-trip transportation from your Naples Cruise pier!
  • Bilingual English and Italian speaking guide or audioguide (French and Spanish available upon request)!
  • 2-Hour guided walk through Pompeii!
  • 2-Hours to explore Herculaneum!
  • Traditional Italian Light Lunch!
  • Stop at Cameo and Coral factory (only if time allow)!
  • Friendly excursion leader!

Explore the ancient Greek and Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum on this incredible full-day adventure near Naples, Italy! Learn what life was like in the 1st century!

Meet your local staff directly at your Naples cruise port and board your air-conditioned transportation for a 40-minute ride to Pompeii. It has been determined through excavations that the town was actually founded around the 7th-6th century BC. When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, this incredible city, including its inhabitants, was buried under 13-20 feet of volcanic ash and pumice! A great many artifacts and structures were preserved for over 2,000 years thanks to the lack of oxygen and moisture underground.

While in Pompeii, will see the forum, the baths, and many houses, along with many spectacular artifacts and reproductions that you have learned about in school and seen on TV.  From all of the many discoveries, it has been learned that the soil here was very fertile in ancient times, producing the agricultural products that sustained the people of the city. Today, excavations on the site have been suspended in order to preserve what remains buried. You will spend approximately 2 hours at Pompeii with your guide or audio guide. If times allow, you will have the opportunity to learn the manufacturing process of the Cameos and Coral pieces at a local factory. Please note that the entrance fees to the ruins are not included and will be paid on-site.

Then is time for lunch! At a nearby restaurant, you will be able to choose from either pasta with fried calamari or roast beef, or pizza, the food staple that originated in Naples! Drinks are not included, however, you can purchase them on-site. Afterward, you will take a short drive to Herculaneum for another guided walk. This ancient Roman city lies in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is one of the few cities that can still be seen in its original state. Herculaneum was buried much more deeply than Pompeii due to its proximity to Vesuvius. Consequently, the roofs, beds, doors, food, and many skeletons have been well preserved, even items made of wood! Herculaneum was a wealthier town compared to Pompeii as evidenced by the fine houses and extensive use of colored marble. You will walk the streets and see many of the buildings that have been unearthed, but keep in mind that this is just scratching the surface. Only about 25% of the site has been uncovered!

At the conclusion of your time in Herculaneum - about an hour and a half - your driver will return you to your Naples cruise port. Your adventure in ancient Rome and Greece will leave you feeling as if you had lived there yourself!

What is included?

  • Air-conditioned and licensed round-trip transportation from your Naples Cruise pier
  • Bilingual English and Italian speaking guide or audioguide (French and Spanish available upon request)
  • 2-Hour Guided walk through Pompeii
  • 2-Hour to explore Herculaneum
  • Traditional Italian Light Lunch
  • Optional stop at Cameo and Coral factory
  • Friendly excursion leader

Excursion Notes

  • Excursion prices are quoted in US dollars.
  • The balance must be paid in EUROS only. The total amount in Euros would be shown on your E-Ticket.
  • The entrance fee to Pompeii and Herculaneum ruins is not included, please consider an additional 27 Euros per person. These fees may vary slightly.
  • As you may be visiting a religious or memorial site, shoulders and knees must be covered on men and women.
  • We suggest you have cash (Euros) on hand for refreshments, excursion staff gratuities, shopping, etc.
  • Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes are highly recommended along with sun protection.
  • Spanish and French guides are available upon request. Please leave a note while doing your reservation.
  • Please pay attention to the restrictions and requirements for this excursion, no refund will be granted if the requirements are not met.
  • There is a minimum of 2 people needed per booking.

Where we meet

For this Naples Full Day Pompeii and Herculaneum Excursion, you will meet your local driver/guide inside your Naples cruise port. All necessary details will be printed on your Electronic Shore Excursion Ticket.

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  • This excursion is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Guests must be able to step in and out of the transportation.
  • Guests must be able to walk on paved, gravel, and cobblestone surfaces, some on inclines.
  • There are steps required to enter several of the sites as well as steep curbs in some areas.
  • Please note this excursion is not available on Wednesday, the Herculaneum excavation is closed.

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Your day will be fascinating while you learn the history of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Both cities were devastated by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD and both are considered UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Enjoy!

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The Catacombs of San Gennaro in Italy

Interested in getting up close and personal with Naples' past residents? Head underground to visit the Catacombs of San Gennaro. These historic burial places are the oldest in the city and the largest in all of Southern Italy. Spend some time wandering around the different rooms to see how the rooms where the wealthy and poor were buried.

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Naples' churches are a great way to tour its architectural treasures, and most of them are concentrated in the old town center. Check out San Domenico Maggiore, with its impressive gold-gilded ceiling and interior. Inside Sansevero Chapel, you'll find a number of impressive Baroque statues and classical art. And don't miss the beautiful frescoes and peaceful vibe of Gesu Nuovo Church during your Capri cruise.

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Neopolitan-style pizza is Naples culinary gem. Grab a seat at L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele, which has been serving up pizza since 1870, and order a slice of simple, classic margherita , topped with fresh basil, tomato sauce and local mozzarella di fiore . Cruise to Naples and head to Friggitoria Vomero for the town's best arancini — gooey, fried spheres of rice and cheese — or panzarotti, a mini-calzone stuffed with mozzarella, tomato and other ingredients like spinach or ham.

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Head to Via Toledo, the longest shopping street in Naples, which offers small boutiques and a huge department store. Continue down the road to Galleria Umberto I, a beautiful shopping gallery for some high-end souvenirs such as silk scarves and leather shoes to take back home.

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February 29, 2024 // By Chelle Koster Walton

By Chelle Koster Walton Naples Local Expert February 29, 2024

Regent Seven Seas' latest Grandeur ship is full of luxurious amenities

Versace tableware in a restaurant that feels like an electrified topsy-turvy forest. A blingy atrium chandelier inspired by a tennis bracelet. Hand-blown glass cherry blossoms and wallflowers designed by Coco Chanel. And a custom-designed Fabergé egg in a nest of pearls on a seven-seas-motif pedestal. The beauty of Regent Seven Seas' Grandeur cruise ship lies in its details.

The luxury cruise line is already known for its high-end amenities, exquisite beauty, and ports of call. There's so much to discover on Grandeur, from the mesmerizing fish-bowl fantasy of the Observation Lounge to restaurants ranging from pan-Asian to French and classic steakhouse. Take a cooking class with chef John Stephano in the Culinary Arts Kitchen one day, and end the night with glam stage productions to inspire the sweetest dreams.

This all comes on a cruise ship where fewer than 750 passengers occupy 372 balcony suites, and 548 crew members are aboard to indulge every whim.

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The Grandeur is just one cruise ship that excels and elevates the cruising experience, as luxury lines continue to outdo each other with over-the-top vessels, services, and itineraries.

Here, in no particular order (impossible to rank such varied offerings), are 10 bucket-list cruise vacations not to miss this year.

Regent Seven Seas' Grandeur: Spotlight on Fabergé

The first Fabergé egg at sea is part of the Grandeur's art collection

My fascination with Fabergé and Grandeur’s first-ever Egg Objet in residence puts this 10-night, all-inclusive European cruise on my bucket radar. Departing from Rome’s Civitavecchia port on July 1, it hits such ports as Valletta, Malta; Ibiza, Spain; and Marseille, France.

It includes pre-cruise experiences, excursions, private tours, and onboard discussions tied to Fabergé. Onboard, the attraction is the ship’s godmother, Sarah Fabergé, great-granddaughter of legendary artist-jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé, and the first-ever Fabergé egg nested permanently on a cruise ship, dubbed “Journey in Jewels.”

Royal Caribbean International's Icon of the Seas: Eastern Caribbean

Royal Caribbean's Icon of the Seas rules in the size department

When size matters, here’s a cruise ship so big, it has neighborhoods — eight of them, to be exact. Although, at 1,198 feet long, Royal Caribbean International's Icon of the Seas isn’t just about size. One of 2024's newest cruise ships , it's now in the spotlight, thanks to the high-profile launch with international soccer star Lionel Messi.

To thrill every type of vacationer with theme park largesse, the more than 40 restaurants and entertainment options are unequaled. This Eastern Caribbean cruise departs from Miami with stops in St. Kitts, St. Thomas, and Royal Caribbean International’s private Bahama island, CocoCay.

French Country Waterways' Nenuphar: Canals of Champagne

Nenuphar plies the waterways of Champagne for bubbly and top cuisine

The ultimate in exclusive cruising, French Country Waterways' Nenuphar transports 12 guests on a gustatory voyage through the waterways of France’s most celebrated wine region. Regal staterooms with antique provincial furnishings and innovative cuisine make the onboard experience enough to celebrate. Imagine exploring grand cathedrals and gardens, touring and tasting at prestigious wine cellars, and a special Michelin-rated dinner with wine pairings.

Guests also can enjoy independent walking and bicycling excursions along the canals and into charming villages. The inclusive cruise builds in a fully stocked open bar and wines, many from Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards.

Star Clippers' Royal Clipper: Barbados to Lisbon Ocean Crossing

The Royal Clipper is the largest in the Star Clippers fleet

For those enamored by square-rigged sailing ships, a 16-day ocean crossing aboard Star Clippers' Royal Clipper , a Guinness World Record-setting ship for size, is the ultimate. She boasts 42 majestic sails, plus modern amenities to balance with old-world elegance.

There's plenty to fill your days at sea, including water sports, a spa and health club with underwater portholes, social lounges, 19,000 square feet of open deck, and mast-climbing to crow’s nests 75 feet above the water. The one port of call between Barbados and Lisbon allows the opportunity to explore the Azores on the gorgeous and historic Portuguese island of San Miguel.

Scenic Eclipse II: Discover the Kimberley Coastline (Australia)

The Scenic Eclipse II has veranda suites and lots of dining options

Aboard the Scenic Eclipse II , an 11-day itinerary titled, "An Ancient Wilderness Wonderland," travels along the rugged Australian coast from Darwin to Broome. Discover waterfalls, rookery islands, reefs, and nature reserves on inflatable boat excursions, or luxuriate aboard the cruise ship that's outfitted for exploration and pampering.

With a one-to-one crew ratio, you'll want for nothing. As one of the best boutique cruise lines , the 228-passenger ship features veranda suites and 10 dining experiences. On the intellectual side, expect deep-dive lectures and educational programs from a team led by award-winning wilderness expert Mike Cusack.

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's Ilma: Maiden Voyage from Monte Carlo to Rome

Ilma's pool deck fits the Ritz-Carlton brand to a tee

The second luxury superyacht for the new Ritz-Carlton brand, which debuts September 2, offers a Mediterranean cruise that takes in medieval hilltop towns along the Livorno countryside, Florence, the French Riviera, and the sophisticated ports of Corsica and Porto Cervo. It sails into the Roman port Civitavecchia eight days later.

With fewer than 450 passengers aboard and a near one-to-one crew ratio, Ilma , like its predecessor Evrima (the first-ever hotel-company cruise ship), is all about personal, exclusive service. Suites with private terraces, a nice mix of fine restaurants and bars, a signature brand spa, plus an onboard marina bring its level of amenities to the Ritz standard.

Lindblad Expeditions' National Geographic Explorer: Antarctica Direct

Kayaking excursions get Explorer guests up-close to Antarctica wildlife

Those looking for high arctic adventure and enrichment with the most luxury and least travel time possible will find it aboard Lindblad Expeditions' National Geographic Explorer , which skips the slow crossing through the Drake Passage with a quick flight.

Built for polar exploration and recently refurbished to bolster its luxe adventure mission, Explorer maximizes its observation experience with high perches and a welcoming bridge. You become part of the scenery with wildlife explorations on kayaking and inflatable excursions, from onboard observation vantages, and even from staterooms outfitted with “Command Center” tools.

The eight-day itinerary begins in Puerto Natales, Chile, with a two-hour flight to King George Island to board the Explorer. Whales, penguins, elephant seals, icebergs, and glaciers headline the breathtaking views, all of which are interpreted by expert team members. Three departure dates are available during the Explorer 2024 season: Nov. 26, Dec. 1, and Dec. 15.

Silversea's Silver Nova: Panama City to Lima

Silversea's on-board S.A.L.T. lab is a foodie paradise

Food and fine dining have always beat at the heart of the cruising experience, but Silversea’s S.A.L.T. (Sea and Land Taste) concept takes culinary cruising to the next level. Developed by a James Beard award-winning editor, the program immerses guests into rare on-shore and on-board foodie fantasies.

On this seven-day cruise aboard the all-suites, 728-passenger Silver Nova , shore excursions visit a cacao hacienda in Ecuador and include a gala with Peruvian dinner in a colonial Lima mansion.

UnCruise's Family Wilderness Adventurer: Juneau to Juneau

Families can take the polar plunge in Glacier Bay

In an informal poll among fellow travel writers about the best Alaskan cruises , UnCruise was a clear winner. They cited its small-boat ability to go where no others have gone before them (apologies to “Star Trek”) and the fact that guests have the option to take daily off-boat excursions, from hiking to kayaking.

In the past, UnCruise excursions into Glacier Bay were age-limited. New in 2024, the cruise line offers a family-friendly itinerary. Specially tailored family activities fill the eight days in renowned Glacier Bay National Park aboard the 60-guest Adventurer . Six Family Explorer cruises are on the docket starting in June.

Viking Sky: World Voyager I

The Explorers' Lounge of the Viking Ocean Ship

Move over, Magellan and Phineas Fogg. They're not the only ones who can go around the world. You can too!

Board Viking Sky to circumnavigate the globe — the ultimate cruise. A Dec. 19 departure from Fort Lauderdale ends up in New York City three months later. In between, you’ll visit 37 countries with the possibility of 83 guided, culturally immersive tours, from Panama and Los Angeles to Tahiti, New Zealand, Vietnam, and Turkey.

Although more commonly aligned with river cruises , Viking boasts ocean liners with the same small-ship (930 guests max) nimbleness and sleek, Scandinavian design. Viking Sky’s staterooms garner praise for their private verandas and understated elegance.

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A very fast paced, but rewarding day awaits you. This ultimate scenic tour includes the most spectacular sites along the Campanian coast, including Pompeii, possibly the most famous excavation in the world. Start with a fast boat ride to Marina Grande in Capri, a port lined with colorful old fishermen’s houses. A funicular will take you up to a terrace with a marvelous scenic overlook of the small island, the coast and the sparkling sea. Walk to the piazzetta, the heart of Capri’s shopping and nightlife area. Explore the narrow streets, take in the magnificent views, or relax at an outdoor cafe. You’ll then continue to Sorrento by jet-foil where lunch awaits.

After lunch, you’ll have some time to wander the flower filled streets or admire the high quality handicrafts for which Sorrento is famous. Head to Pompeii where you’ll enter by the sea gate and visit the city’s baths, villas, theaters and wrestling grounds. Because Pompeii is so well preserved, you can see many fine details that reveal the lifestyles of the residents, such as mosaic floors and colorful frescoes in some of the homes. Time permitting, visit a cameo factory near Pompeii and browse handmade jewelry.

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9 Best Culinary Cruises for the Most Delicious Trip You’ll Ever Take

The best culinary cruises to book in 2024.

F or many, food is the best part of travel—and I can relate. I've taken cruises all over the world, and they've led to many culinary firsts for me: My first-ever lobster was on a Caribbean cruise when I was just a teenager, my first bite of reindeer came in a cozy bowl of chili during an Alaskan cruise, and my first (and last!) time eating escargot happened on a cruise in the Mediterranean. While these dishes were all parts of the all-inclusive menus on my cruises, I decided to kick things up a notch on the foodie scale by hopping on board the growing trend of special culinary cruises, which feature food and wine in a variety of special ways. These days, you’ll find the best cruises partnering with celebrity chefs, featuring specialty-dining venues and offering excursions filled with meals you’ll dream about long after you return home.

"I helped start the first culinary-themed cruises in the early '90s when I began noticing interest, and today this concept is more popular than ever," says Executive Chef Rudi Sodamin, head of culinary arts on Princess Cruises and Master Chef for the Holland America Line. "Experiential food and beverage experiences are often some of our most popular activities on board. It is my goal to surprise and delight guests while also educating them and meeting their every gastronomical desire."

Getting hungry yet? We’ve rounded up the best themed cruises for every type of foodie—from seafood lovers and wine aficionados to fans of French, Italian and Spanish cuisine. I’ve been on my fair share of these cruises, including a recent one to the Mediterranean, and trust me when I say these trips may just become your favorites of all time .

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Best for Napa Valley wine pairings

Princess 7-day pacific wine country cruise.

If you love Napa by land , you'll love it even more by sea, and it's now an experience you can have on any Princess Cruises ship sailing North American itineraries. In spring 2023, the cruise line partnered with Wagner Family Vineyards (the producers of Caymus wines), a leader in Napa Valley cabernet, for its five-course Caymus Vineyards Winemaker Dinner. Held two or three times per cruise, it features a dinner for up to 12 guests that could very well be the highlight of their entire vacation. On a recent sailing, which started in Vancouver, British Columbia, and wended its way through San Francisco and Los Angeles, the food was fresh and sophisticated—and tailored to guests’ dietary preferences as needed.

The Winemaker Dinner menu consisted of an amuse-bouche (beef carpaccio or marinated fresh oyster mushrooms), a first course (fresh summer black truffle risotto with 36-month-aged Parmigiano Reggiano), main course (prime beef tenderloin with blossom artichokes or seared king salmon with giant prawn), cheese course and dessert (a beautiful chocolate raspberry creation). Oh, and each course was perfectly paired with the appropriate Wagner wine—including cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir and sparkling wine—hand-selected by Chuck Wagner, the owner and winemaker of Caymus Vineyards.

It takes a talented team to pull off an epic meal like that as well as the other offerings on board. "At Princess, we have such a diverse group of chefs, which is a huge benefit to us, as we are able to use their expertise to introduce authentic flavors from all over the world," says Sodamin. "I present food as art—to be created with passion and served with love."

  • The food is specifically crafted to complement the tasting notes of the wines.
  • Wagner Family Vineyard wines are available at all restaurants on the ship.
  • Some Princess Cruise itineraries offer memorable shore excursions to Sonoma wine country.
  • There's an additional cost of $140 per person for this experience and a slight upcharge for all Wagner wines at any meal on the ship.

Best for fresh seafood with a celebrity chef

Holland america line 7-day eastern caribbean cruise.

Fans of Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto now have another way to experience his Japanese cuisine beyond his various restaurants around the world: on board the Nieuw Amsterdam . Holland America debuted Morimoto by Sea on Dec. 16, 2023, offering Asian-inspired dishes and beverages from Chef Morimoto, the cruise line's "Global Fresh Fish Ambassador." On this Caribbean cruise , you'll dine on appetizers such as sticky ribs, hamachi tacos, Morimoto fresh-tuna pizza and a sushi plate. Main courses include crispy fried whole-market fresh fish, angry lobster pad Thai, Japanese vegetable curry, and a surf-and-turf with wasabi-mayo lobster and grilled Wagyu kalbi. Watch for pop-up Morimoto by Sea events once per cruise on the fleet's other 10 ships too.

  • Holland America's new Global Fresh Fish Program offers more than 80 varieties of fresh fish sourced locally
  • The restaurant also highlights Chef Morimoto's exclusive alcoholic beverages, including a rosé and sake.
  • The menu includes vegetarian and vegan options.
  • There's a $55 coverage charge per person, plus an additional 18% gratuity.

Best for French food and wine

Uniworld boutique river cruises 8-day brilliant bordeaux cruise.

The France-based S.S. Bon Voyage is the perfect choice for food and wine–loving cruisers: This Uniworld river cruise is basically a floating boutique hotel designed to immerse guests in French culture and wine. The Southwest France itinerary features the country's beautiful landscapes, wines and culture in Fort Médoc, Cadillac, Blaye and Libourne. On board, head to La Cave des Vins, a specialty dining venue that features a communal table in a private dining room where guests will experience a cooking demonstration and culinary experience that captures the essence of France .

Additional onboard dining experiences include La Brasserie, serving traditional bistro fare, and Le Grand Fromage, offering menus reflective of the local cuisine and prepared with locally sourced ingredients. Excursions take guests into the Bordeaux region for activities such as a walking tour and wine tasting at Saint-Emilion; an artisanal wine tasting at Château de Cazeneuve; and a bike ride tour through the lush Médoc vineyards.

  • You'll get to explore one region (along with its food and wine) more deeply, rather than visiting multiple countries.
  • The ship holds only 124 guests, for an incredibly intimate experience.
  • Six days of excursions are included—and all are hosted by English-speaking local experts.
  • It has a higher price point, but it's the most all-inclusive cruise line. (It includes premium spirits and wine, gratuities, wellness classes, airport transfers, Wi-Fi, entertainment, and bicycles and Nordic walking sticks for onshore use.)

Best for local foodie experiences

Windstar cuisines and cultures of spain, portugal and france cruise.

Windstar is the official cruise line of the James Beard Foundation (JBF), the nonprofit culinary arts organization that celebrates, supports and elevates the people behind America's food culture. The Foundation firmly aligns with Windstar's commitment to fresh and local epicurean experiences around the world, as well as efforts to reduce food waste. Join Chef Tanya Holland—this Top Chef Season 15 contestant is known for her inventive take on soul food and was the host and soul food expert on Food Network's Melting Pot—on a 10-day cruise focused on the cuisine and cultures of Spain , Portugal and France. Windstar culinary cruises include a chef-hosted dinner with wine pairing, two cooking demonstrations (with recipes you'll take home!) and a market tour with the chef.

  • Foodie-focused excursions include a river cruise with wine tasting in Porto, a vineyards and cellars tour in Bordeaux, and an oyster tasting in Cancale.
  • Windstar offers other world-class meals on board, with nightly menus crafted to highlight the regional cuisine and inspired wine pairings.
  • The newly remodeled Star Legend carries only 312 guests, and all cabins are suites.
  • This cruise has a higher price point than some of the others.

Best for satisfying any appetite

Royal caribbean icon of the seas cruises.

Can you even imagine a single ship holding 40 different dining and drink venues? That's just one of the many impressive things that the world's largest cruise ship, Icon of the Seas , has to offer. No matter what flavors you're craving—we're talking pizza by the slice, sushi, caviar, oysters, burgers and tacos—you can find it on board.

Royal Caribbean is introducing several firsts on this ship, including the Empire Supper Club, an eight-course journey of traditional American fare (think: Wagyu New York strip steak topped with fresh-shaved truffle) that's perfectly paired with live jazz music. Other newcomers are the AquaDome Market, the line's first food hall with five dining options; a milkshake bar called Desserted; and the Celebration Table, a private 12-seat dining experience with family-style service perfect for commemorating a milestone. In the evenings, grab a cocktail at Dueling Pianos (a first of its kind in the fleet, with battling baby grands), a glass of prosecco at the new walk-up champagne bar Bubbles or a pint at English pub Point & Feather.

  • This ship sails the Eastern and Western Caribbean, so some excursions will offer rum tastings, Caribbean food tours and lunches the local way.
  • Each cruise stops at Perfect Day at CocoCay, the cruise line's private island, which offers a slew of restaurants (most of which are complimentary) and bars (if you've purchased a specialty beverage package for your cruise, it will apply here too).
  • You'll also find Royal Caribbean restaurant staples on board, including Sorrento's Pizza, Sprinkles ice cream, Chops Grille and Giovanni's Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar.
  • You'll have to pay extra for certain dining venues, as well as all alcoholic drinks and specialty coffees.
  • It's more expensive than most Royal Caribbean cruises because it's a brand-new ship.

Best for sushi with a celebrity chef

Crystal 14-night cruise from athens to rome.

Crystal is already known for its high-end and award-winning culinary experiences—and now it's brought one of the most legendary chefs in the world on board. Behold Umi Uma, a restaurant created by Master Chef Nobuyuki (Nobu) Matsuhisa for Crystal's Serenity and Symphony ships. This innovative Japanese-Peruvian fusion cuisine features delectable dishes like a crispy rice cake with spicy tuna tartare, Nobu-style lobster tacos, grilled Australian Wagyu beef fillet steak and Nobu-style black cod. Or choose the Sushi with Connoisseur, which features various sushi, sashimi and rolls.

Certain itineraries—for instance, the Athens to Rome Mediterranean cruise —make foodie excursions a priority, with a tasty street food tour of Izmir, a cooking class in Mykonos, olive oil tastings in Crete, a pizza tasting in Naples and wine tastings in Turkey. Between the onboard offerings and seaside activities, this is truly one of the most well-rounded culinary cruises.

  • Two complimentary reservations for two people on voyages 12 to 22 days in length, and unlimited free visits for guests staying in Crystal Penthouse or Junior Crystal Penthouse Suites.
  • There are 11 distinct dining options on board, including 24-hour in-suite dining service.
  • There's nearly one staff member per guest, and the crew will know you by name.
  • Reservations above the complimentary allotment are $50 per person.
  • It has a higher price point than some other cruises on this list.

Best for Mediterranean excursions

Viking iconic western mediterranean cruise.

Some people take cruises for the at-sea experience; others use it as a mode of transportation to get where they want to go. While every minute on board a Viking ship is spectacular, the real magic happens off the ship on this Western Mediterranean itinerary through Spain, France, Monaco and Italy. Because the Viking Saturn is a small ship (930 guests), it can dock overnight in some ports, which means you can enjoy authentic dinners and nightcaps in town.

On this particular cruise, you'll have that experience in Barcelona (paella and a flamenco show, anyone?) and again in Florence (you're in the famous Tuscan wine region, so have a glass or two of Chianti with your pasta). Shore excursions include cooking in a Tuscan castle, dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant, food and wine trails through Tuscany, and "The Kitchen Table," where you'll join the ship's executive chef for a tour and shopping experience through the local market (you'll gather the ingredients that the chef will prepare for you back on board).

  • Beer, wine and soft drinks are included with lunch and dinner; plus, you have access to complimentary 24/7 room service.
  • Onboard dining options include regional cuisine and locally sourced ingredients, as well as food-and-wine pairings at The Chef's Table specialty restaurant.
  • You get one complimentary shore excursion in every port of call.
  • It's pricey, but a lot is included in the rate.

Best for Michelin-starred dining

Celebrity 7-night spain, france and italy cruise.

Great meals and wine are a part of any Celebrity sailing—it was voted best cruise line for food and dining by Cruiseline's Member Choice Awards in 2022 and holds an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator for 2023. Each ship has myriad complimentary dining venues inspired by global and regional flavors, alongside specialty restaurants ranging from seafood and oyster bars to Paris-style bistros. And at the helm sits Celebrity's Global Culinary Ambassador, Chef Daniel Boulud, who holds many culinary accolades from the James Beard Foundation, as well as multiple Michelin stars.

His onboard restaurant, Le Voyage by Daniel Boulud, features a menu that gives guests a taste of the places that have inspired him around the world, such as 5-Spice Duck Pithivier, Brazilian Moqueca and Risotto au Homard. He has also designed signature dishes for Luminae, the cruise line's private dining experience included for all guests of The Retreat. (Guests who book these suites have access to premium amenities, such as free drinks and Wi-Fi and access to a private sundeck and lounge.)

  • Celebrity Ascent is the fleet's brand-new ship (it debuted Dec. 3, 2023), and it's the most innovative in the Edge series.
  • There are 32 distinctive restaurants, bars and lounges on board—including 14 cafes/bars/lounges, eight specialty restaurants, four main dining restaurants, four complimentary casual dining venues and two exclusive restaurants.
  • This itinerary hits some of the most fantastic foodie cities in Europe: Barcelona and Valencia, Spain; Nice, France; and Portofino, Florence and Rome, Italy .
  • A cover charge applies for dinner at Le Voyage.

Best for vegan food

Carnival cruises.

Calling all plant-based diners who love to cruise: A new vegan menu is currently available on Carnival Freedom in Port Canaveral, Florida, and Car nival Horizon in Port Miami—and will soon be implemented fleet-wide in a phased approach. Carnival chefs created recipes for each of their dishes to be prepared without the use of animal products, and the proteins included are made from meat substitutes. Look for tempting options such as Hawaiian Salmon Poke made with plant-based salmon, Spaghetti Carbonara with vegan bacon, Grilled Tofu Steak, and Eggplant Cutlet a la Parmigiana. For dessert, try the Cappuccino Pot de Crème or Key Lime Velvet Cake. Off the ship, the Caribbean is no stranger to plant-based foods, from rice and beans to perfectly ripe tropical fruits, so you'll have plenty of options there too.

  • One of the most affordable cruise lines , with four-day Bahamas cruises starting under $250 per person.
  • Meat eaters shouldn't miss celebrity chef Guy Fieri's mouthwatering burgers at Guy's Burger Joint.
  • Adult beverages can be found on the Lido Deck at RedFrog Rum Bar and BlueIguana Tequila Bar.
  • The vibe tends to be rowdier on Carnival cruises.

About the expert

  • Executive Chef Rudi Sodamin is the head of culinary arts on Princess Cruises and Master Chef for Holland America Line.

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