Cruises to Genoa Italy

Hop on board on of MSC's Mediterranean Cruises to Genoa Italy. Cradled between land and sea and with a working port, the Italian vacation destination of Genoa on the west coast of Italy displays its past through her many palaces and the surrounding ancient terraced hills. Find the best cruises to Genoa with MSC Cruises.

Genoa: A beautiful port cradled between land and sea

Cradled between land and sea and with a working port, the Italian vacation destination of Genoa on the west coast of Italy displays its past through her many palaces and the surrounding ancient terraced hills.

Genoa has many different faces; at once a modern metropolis and a rigorous custodian of artistic heritage, as well as an industrious marketplace with centuries-old parks perfect for relaxation.
Genoa hides her riches in an historical center that looks traditionally seaward yet at the same time exhibits a new beauty achieved by restoring the splendour of ages past.
We will help you on the fastest route to uncovering Genoa’s gems through our fantastically diverse programme of day trip packages and the best deals on sights and attractions. If you can bring yourself to leave your luxury MSC cruise ship, Genoa is a great place to spend the day. Just some of the exciting highlights on offer include an historic city tour where you can roam the attractive, sinuous streets of the old town and take in key places of interest.

Art-lovers will particularly enjoy the works by Rubens in the Palazzo Ducale (Ducal Palace).

Already familiar with Genoa? Then we heartily recommend an excursion to the enchanting seaside village of Portofino on Italy’s Riviera. Finally, as always, we cater to all cruise guests, so why not ensure that your youngsters have a great day away from ship, too!  Take the family to Genoa’s acclaimed aquarium (one of Europe’s largest) and create some great holiday memories for everyone.
Whether you choose to stay in town or go further afield, we believe that Genoa is one of Italy’s secret gems and a not-to-be missed stopover during your

Make Genoa part of your Mediterranean cruise vacation. Find the best cruises to Genoa Italy with MSC cruises!

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Directions


The cruise terminal is close to the city centre, however it is located in an industrial area off a highway. Taxis run to the city centre.

Port average temperature

GENOA has a Mediterranean climate, with oceanic influences. Winter is mild, with an average temperature of 8°C in January, and summer is warm with an average temperature of 24°C in August. The daily temperature range is limited, with an average range of 6°C between high and low temperatures.

The driest month is July, while the wettest months are October and November. Snow generally falls once a year. Genoa is also a windy city, especially during winter when northern winds often bring cool air from central and northern Europe. Another typical wind blows from southeast, mostly as a consequence of atlantic disturbances and storms, bringing humid and warmer air from the sea.

The temperate figures shown are based on monthly average weather conditions for the selected port. Weather data is not real-time, and sometimes no data is shown for a specific date, month or port in general.

GENOA Months
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high °C 11 11 13 16 20 23 26 27 24 19 14 12
Average low °C 5 6 8 10 14 17 21 21 18 13 9 6
 GOA01T - PORTOFINO (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  This tour is rich in scenery and offers a chance to enjoy this lush section of the Italian Riviera. The tour begins with a with a 45-minute coach ride to Santa Margherita Ligure before a 10-minute boat ride to Portofino. Here we will have time at leisure to explore this delightful seaside town, to take pictures or relax in the chic cafés. We will continue by boat to Santa Margherita, from where we will return to Genoa and to the ship. Please note: this tour will only be offered to guests in transit in Genoa port and for guests onboard MSC Musica, MSC Poesia, MSC Orchestra and MSC Sinfonia. The feasibility of the tour depends on weather conditions so it will be reconfirmed onboard. In case of bad weather the transfer from Santa Margherita to Portofino and vice versa will take place by minibus. Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per person $73.00 Adults $51.00 Children

   


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 GOA02T - AQUARIUM (approx. 3.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Recommended for families  Best seller  Take the family on this funny excursion to the popular Genoa Aquarium; a quick ferry transfer takes us to what is reputed to be one of Europe’s best aquariums, renowned for its size and vast variety of marine creatures. As one of the most natural and environmentally-friendly aquariums in the world everyone will enjoy the collections of multi-coloured tropical fish, sharks, natural corals, penguins and dolphins. After you will have a quick boat trip back to the ship. Please note: this tour is only offered to passengers in transit in Genoa port and is not suitable for guests in a wheelchair as the ferry has no wheelchair access. No guided visit inside the Aquarium; cameras without a flash are allowed. Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per person $46.00 Adults $32.00 Children

   


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 GOA02TWI - AQUARIUM (approx. 3.5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Recommended for families  Best seller  Take the family on this funny excursion to the popular Genoa Aquarium; a quick ferry transfer takes us to what is reputed to be one of Europe’s best aquariums, renowned for its size and vast variety of marine creatures. As one of the most natural and environmentally-friendly aquariums in the world everyone will enjoy the collections of multi-coloured tropical fish, sharks, natural corals, penguins and dolphins. After you will have a quick boat trip back to the ship. Please note: this tour is only offered to passengers in transit in Genoa port and is not suitable for guests in a wheelchair as the ferry has no wheelchair access. No guided visit inside the Aquarium; cameras without a flash are allowed. Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per person $46.00 Adults $32.00 Children

   


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 GOA03T - HISTORICAL CENTRE (approx. 3.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Tasting included  Cultural  A short ferry transfer takes you to “Piazza Caricamento” for a pleasant walk through Genoa’s historic town centre. We will wander the charming narrow streets known as “carruggi” to reach “Piazza de Ferrari”, the commercial heart of Genoa, where we will admire “Palazzo Ducale” (external visit only). You will visit the “Cisterne del Ducale” where a light buffet made of “bruschetta” and “focaccia”, typical to Genoa, awaits you. Your tour will continue with external views of the Cathedral of San Lorenzo. Free time in the old port before returning to the port. Please note: this tour is only offered to passengers in transit in Genoa port and is not suitable for guests in a wheelchair as the ferry has no wheelchair access. Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per person $47.00 Adults $33.00 Children

   


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 GOA03TWI - HISTORICAL CENTRE (approx. 3.5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Tasting included  Cultural  A short ferry transfer takes you to “Piazza Caricamento” for a pleasant walk through Genoa’s historic town centre. We will wander the charming narrow streets known as “carruggi” to reach “Piazza de Ferrari”, the commercial heart of Genoa, where we will admire “Palazzo Ducale” (external visit only). You will visit the “Cisterne del Ducale” where a light buffet made of “bruschetta” and “focaccia”, typical to Genoa, awaits you. Your tour will continue with external views of the Cathedral of San Lorenzo. Free time in the old port before returning to the port. Please note: this tour is only offered to passengers in transit in Genoa port and is not suitable for guests in a wheelchair as the ferry has no wheelchair access. Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per person $47.00 Adults $33.00 Children

   


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 GOA04DWI - GENOA CITY TOUR (full day, lunch not included) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  This trip to Genoa makes a perfect ending to a wonderful holiday for disembarking guests making their way to the airport. Board your coach, stash your luggage and head for the heart of Genoa, the Piazza Caricamento, for a pleasant walk around Genoa’s historical town centre. The charming narrow streets of this lovely old town, which are known as “caruggi”, are a delight to explore on foot. You will also pass through the Piazza de Ferrari, Genoa’s commercial centre, to reach the truly resplendent Palazzo Ducale, once the home of the Doges of Genoa and now a centre for cultural events and art exhibitions, for an external visit. Your tour comes to a close with a relaxing 3-hour coach transfer to Milan and Malpensa airport. Please note: this tour is available only to guests who are disembarking and booked on flights from Milan Malpensa airport after 18:30 hours. This excursion is upon request and subject to quotation.Click HERE to watch the video
 

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 GOA06T - SIGHTSEEING ON OPEN BUS & AQUARIUM (full day) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  No guide available  Recommended for families  Cultural  Enjoy a panoramic tour of Genoa while sitting comfortably on an open bus and admire the main squares and streets of this lively city. You will discover the elegant 16th century district of Via Garibaldi, the imposing Piazza de Ferrari area with the Ducal Palace. You will also pass by the Carlo Felice Theatre and the Columbus’s house and along the fashion street, Via Roma, with the most elegant Italian brands. During your tour on the bus multilingual commentary is provided. Next stop will be the Aquarium whose visit is included in the tour, an opportunity to admire on your own a vast variety of marine creatures, coloured tropical fishes, sharks, corals, penguins and dolphins. At the end the visit, no rush to return back to the ship. Passengers will take their time to enjoy the town and return by shuttle bus departing every 30 minutes from the Aquarium drop on. Please note: this tour is only offered to passengers in transit in Genoa port. No guided visit inside the Aquarium; only photos with no flash are allowed during the visit. Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per person $46.00 Adults $32.00 Children

   


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 GOA06TWI - SIGHTSEEING ON OPEN BUS & AQUARIUM (full day) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  No guide available  Recommended for families  Cultural  Enjoy a panoramic tour of Genoa while sitting comfortably on an open bus and admire the main squares and streets of this lively city. You will discover the elegant 16th century district of Via Garibaldi, the imposing Piazza de Ferrari area with the Ducal Palace. You will also pass by the Carlo Felice Theatre and the Columbus’s house and along the fashion street, Via Roma, with the most elegant Italian brands. During your tour on the bus multilingual commentary is provided. Next stop will be the Aquarium whose visit is included in the tour, an opportunity to admire on your own a vast variety of marine creatures, coloured tropical fishes, sharks, corals, penguins and dolphins. At the end the visit, no rush to return back to the ship. Passengers will take their time to enjoy the town and return by shuttle bus departing every 30 minutes from the Aquarium drop on. Please note: this tour is only offered to passengers in transit in Genoa port. No guided visit inside the Aquarium; only photos with no flash are allowed during the visit. Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per person $46.00 Adults $32.00 Children

   


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 GOA10T - PORTOFINO (approx. 4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Thanks to its mild climate, charming old fishing ports and beautiful countryside, the Italian Riviera has been a popular holiday destination since Byron and Shelley’s day. This tour gives you a chance to enjoy a lush section of this famous coastline during your 1.5 scenic cruise that takes you to Portofino. You will have plenty of time to explore this delightful seaside town at your leisure, to take photos, visit the seafront or simply to relax in one of the many chic seafront cafés. Your return journey to Genoa. Please note: this tour is available only to guests in transit in Genoa port and onboard MSC Splendida. Weather conditions will dictate if the tour is feasible, so please have the tour reconfirmed during your cruise. Should bad weather prevail, a minibus will take you from Santa Margherita Ligure to Portofino and vice versa.

Price per person $73.00 Adults $51.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.