If you desire to experience the Mediterranean like never before, consider taking your next cruise from the cliffside coastal city of Sorrento, Italy. Considered by many to be the gateway to Amalfi, Sorrento is a romantic port city with deep ties to art, history, and culture. When spending time here, you will discover historic monasteries, scenic parks, interesting museums, Baroque churches, Roman ruins, wineries, hiking trails, kayaking spots, and much, much more. You can also treat your taste buds to some of the finest, traditional Italian cuisine, from perfectly-paired cheeses and meats to pastas, pizzas, and fresh seafood, and more. Plus, Sorrento is located within close proximity of Pompeii, Naples, and Capri, which gives you a ton of flexibility when it comes to exploring Italy!
A great time to visit Sorrento for enjoyable weather is during the spring (between March and June).
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Sorrento. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
The following cruise lines offer cruises sailing to Sorrento. Select a cruise line to view the upcoming cruises that visit Sorrento:
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.
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 Sorrento, along with a brief description:
♦ Amalfi Coast
One of the most popular lures of Sorrento is its close proximity to the famous Amalfi Coast. This UNESCO World Heritage site attracts thousands of visitors each year with its stunning beauty alone. There are a few fabulous ways that you can enjoy the Amalfi Coast during your time in town. You could rent a car enjoy it during a scenic ride, or take a boat off the coastline to admire it from sea. Don’t forget your camera, as you will simply be blown away from the incredible scenery.
♦ Villa Comunale
An incredible way to spend time outside in Sorrento is by visiting Villa Comunale. Conveniently located in the middle of town, this open-air park features stunningly landscaped gardens, breathtaking views (including the opportunity to see the entire Gulf of Naples), and the occasional art display. Top your visit off with a fresh cup of coffee from the nearby restaurant, and you’ve got a picture-perfect afternoon! If you come by night, you may even be able to see the city lights from Naples at this vantage point before witnessing a magnificent sunset.
♦ Sorrento Cathedral
No trip to Sorrento is complete without a visit to Sorrento Cathedral! This 11th century church was rebuilt around the 15th century, where it got the Romanesque architecture that it boasts today. Some of the most magnificent features of this church include a three-story bell tower with a clock, a nave painted with some beautiful frescoes, and a marble altar that dates to the 16th century. Even if you’re not religious, a visit to Sorrento Cathedral is worth it just to admire the incredible woodwork and peaceful ambiance.
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