When Venice comes to mind, you probably think of a romantic destination with much to see and do. You’re right! Venice is one of the most beautiful cities of Italy and gondola rides down the Grand Canal are just the beginning of all that this port city has to offer. Filled with museums, churches, city squares, charming neighborhoods, and picturesque bridges, there are so many amazing opportunities to check out while on a cruise vacation in Venice.
There are many cruise lines that offer cruises that include Venice. Whether you’re looking for a mainstream, luxury, river cruise, or expedition journey, there is no doubt you will find the perfect cruise that leaves from Venice, or that visits this beautiful city. Mainstream cruises with many things to do onboard are plentiful, as are luxury cruises where the finest service and experience await you. There are also many cruise lines that can offer you something in between. If you’re looking for a truly unique and intimate experience, you might consider booking a river cruise.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Venice, along with a brief description:
♦ Gondola Canal Ride
No trip to Venice is complete without a famous gondola ride through the Grand Canal! A typical ride lasts 40 minutes and gives you a unique perspective of Venice, bringing you through the narrow canals and beneath some of the most famous bridges. For an additional fee, your gondolier might even sing for you, adding to the romance of your experience.
♦ Saint Mark’s Basilica
Located in Saint Mark’s Square (another attraction in itself), Saint Mark’s Basilica is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Venice. Not only is this building a wonderful representation of Eastern and Western architecture, the interior is truly a sight for your eyes. Its golden ornate décor will simply take your breath away as you tour the inside.
♦ Doges Palace
Doges Palace is an excellent example of Gothic architecture and a must-visit for any traveler taking a cruise from Venice. Self-guided tours are available where you can walk through the palace and grounds at your own pace, or you can opt for a guided tour. You will discover fascinating artwork, artifact displays, and even the prison area!
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