Catania is a port of call to visit during a cruise in Italy, especially if you’re a fan of history and culture. Filled with iconic landmarks, historic buildings, and informative museums, and much more! Situated on the eastern coast of Sicily, Catania is also home to a bunch of fabulous beaches! Plus, you will discover an excellent variety of restaurants, bars, and cafes where you can enjoy local specialties and flavors! Catania’s city center is very walkable, so if you plan on staying in the heart of the city, you won’t have to worry about the hassle of getting around. The downtown area is filled with beautiful Baroque architecture and is a great way to take in the city.
great time to visit Catania is between March and June or September and November, as that is when the weather tends to be the most pleasant.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Catania. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
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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.
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
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).
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.
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.
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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 are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Catania, along with a brief description:
♦ Piazza del Duomo
If you’re interested in admiring the city’s grand collection of Baroque architecture, Piazza del Duomo is a great place to start. A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, there are many iconic landmarks located within close proximity of this main square. Its most prominent building is the Cathedral of Saint Agatha (see below). It is also home to the famous Fontana dell’ Elegante, a fountain featuring a black lava elephant statue that dates back to Roman times! You can also discover another fountain, Fontana dell’Amenano, Catania’s fish market, and town hall. If you’ve purchased a coffee from one of the local cafes, Piazza del Duomo is a wonderful place to enjoy it!
♦ Cathedral of Saint Agatha
Located in Piazza del Duomo, the Cathedral of Saint Agatha is one of the most beautiful buildings you can find in downtown Catania. This cathedral is dedicated to the martyr Saint Agatha whose body currently rests inside. Made from lava and limestone, the structure has been damaged and rebuilt over the years due to a series of earthquakes. Inside, you can discover a collection of artworks, treasures that once belonged to St. Agatha, the dungeon, and the tombs of numerous figures, including Vincenzo Bellini, who helped design the cathedral. If you happen to be visiting Catania during the first week of February, you can also take part in the festival that honors her life!
♦ Castello Ursino
When spending time in Catania before or after your cruise, you’ll have the chance to explore Castello Ursino! This 13th century castle was originally built as a royal castle for Emperor Frederick II, it then once served the Sicilian Parliament before opening to the public as a museum. When visiting Castello Ursino, you can view a number of art and artifacts from the castle’s heyday, as well as learn about the many influences that have bestowed upon Sicily throughout the years. This museum is open daily from Monday to Sunday (subject to change).
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