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About Palermo (Sicily)

Palermo is a historic city that most people either love or hate. On one block are impressive Arab-Norman buildings, while the next might have crumbling facades. More common ports of call on the Italian island of Sicily are Taormina and Messina.

But a stop in Palermo has a lot to recommend. The city was founded by Ancient Greeks and eventually became part of the Roman Empire. In the 9th century, the Arabs took over and converted churches to mosques and the common language to Arabic. The Norman period followed, and in the 13th century Palermo was the capital of the Holy Roman Empire. The French and Spanish later passed through. All this means that this decidedly Italian city -- and the entire western Sicily area -- has flavors and architecture from all of its periods.

Palmero's historic center is fantastic for strolling. Architectural wonders within the city include the Teatro Massimo, the biggest opera house in Italy (and the third-largest in Europe after Paris and Vienna); the Palazzo Reale and the Cattedrale di Palermo. As you stroll, make time to try Palermo's excellent street food (and there's plenty of yummy Italian favorites such as pizza and gelato to be had too).

Or, if the city doesn't interest you, try an excursion that takes you further afield. High on a hill outside Palermo, Monreale also has a gorgeous Arab-Norman cathedral, along with cafes. The beach town of Cefalu is a lovely summer escape and Greek and Roman history buffs will find daytrips to Erice and Segesta appealing.


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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Palermo (Sicily)

    Leaving:
    Barcelona
    Visiting:
    Monaco, La Spezia ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    11 Night Cruise to Palermo (Sicily) Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Barcelona
    • Day 2
      Monaco (Monte Carlo)
    • Day 3
      La Spezia (Cinque Terre)
    • Day 4
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 5
      Palermo (Sicily)
    • Day 6
      Malta (Valletta)
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Kusadasi
    • Day 9
      Istanbul
    • Day 10
      Patmos
    • Day 11
      Rhodes
    • Day 12
      Athens (Piraeus)
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Spirit - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Lively ship that's been continually updated and refreshed.

    Cons

    Activities on smaller ship more limited than on line's larger vessels.

    Bottom Line

    Excellent value for the high quality of food, service and itineraries

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    Norwegian Spirit Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value4.5

    The 2,016-passenger Norwegian Spirit debuted in 1998 so you won't find a rock climbing wall, bo...

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    SkyeFlyer
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Great Spirit Service Team and Renovation Despite Unfortunate Pandemic Impact
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    First Spirit Cruise after drydock - BIG MISTAKE!
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Palermo (Sicily)

    Leaving:
    Barcelona
    Visiting:
    Marseille, Genoa ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    MSC Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Palermo (Sicily) Route (MSC Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Barcelona
    • Day 2
      Marseille
    • Day 3
      Genoa
    • Day 4
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 5
      Palermo (Sicily)
    • Day 6
      Malta (Valletta)
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Barcelona
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    MSC Virtuosa - MSC Cruises

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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Palermo (Sicily)

    Leaving:
    Lisbon
    Visiting:
    Seville , Casablanca ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    12 Night Cruise to Palermo (Sicily) Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Lisbon
    • Day 2
      Seville
    • Day 3
      Casablanca
    • Day 4
      Gibraltar
    • Day 5
      Cartagena (Spain)
    • Day 6
      Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)
    • Day 7
      Barcelona
    • Day 8
      Marseille
    • Day 9
      Corsica (Ajaccio)
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Palermo (Sicily)
    • Day 12
      Naples
    • Day 13
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
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    Riviera - Oceania Cruises

    Pros

    Emphasis on food and wine pays off with some of the best dining at sea.

    Cons

    Entertainment is lackluster, and the ship shuts down pretty early.

    Bottom Line

    The ship is a perfect fit for foodies and those who want a deeper dive into ports.

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    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

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    ibscott
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Keep clear of Oceania Riviera
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    BobC1950
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Another Wonderful Oceania Cruise
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Palermo (Sicily)

    Leaving:
    Palermo
    Visiting:
    Malta, Barcelona ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    MSC Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Palermo (Sicily) Route (MSC Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Palermo (Sicily)
    • Day 2
      Malta (Valletta)
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Barcelona
    • Day 5
      Marseille
    • Day 6
      Genoa
    • Day 7
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 8
      Palermo (Sicily)
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    MSC Virtuosa - MSC Cruises

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Palermo (Sicily)

    Leaving:
    Marseille
    Visiting:
    Genoa, Rome ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    MSC Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Palermo (Sicily) Route (MSC Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Marseille
    • Day 2
      Genoa
    • Day 3
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 4
      Palermo (Sicily)
    • Day 5
      Sardinia
    • Day 6
      Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)
    • Day 7
      Valencia
    • Day 8
      Marseille
    Ship Details

    MSC Seaview - MSC Cruises

    Pros

    Outstanding activities, specialty restaurants and kids club.

    Cons

    Still work to be done on service and food quality.

    Bottom Line

    Beautiful ship, where the fun never stops and perfectly designed for warm-weather sailing.

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    MSC Seaview Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.5
    Service3.5
    Value4.0

    MSC Seaview is a ship that doesn't shy away from embracing fun -- whether that's careening down...

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    FelipeAnh
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Awful experience
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    Sail Date Nov 2019
    My Fiancé got assaulted at knifepoint while on shore and MSC didn't care.
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    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Palermo (Sicily)

    Leaving:
    Rome
    Visiting:
    Palermo, Malta ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    MSC Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Palermo (Sicily) Route (MSC Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 2
      Palermo (Sicily)
    • Day 3
      Malta (Valletta)
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Barcelona
    • Day 6
      Marseille
    • Day 7
      Genoa
    • Day 8
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
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    MSC Virtuosa - MSC Cruises

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    MSC Virtuosa Reviews

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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
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    • Port Taxes & Fees
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    • Most Onboard Entertainment
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.