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About Genoa

Sometimes, cities are lucky enough to reinvent themselves. Genoa, given short shrift in travel guides 20 years ago, has undergone a striking renaissance since 1992, when it hosted an international expo to commemorate the 500-year anniversary of the discovery of the New World.

Nowhere is that benefit more evident than at Porto Antico, the old port close to the marine terminal, where many of today's cruise ships now dock. What once was a seedy waterfront on Northern Italy's Mediterranean is now a charming blend of old and new structures, featuring cafes, shops, a movie complex, a maritime museum, a spectacular play and cultural center for kids and, most importantly, the largest aquarium in Europe.

From a distance, the Genoa cityscape -- climbing up a steep, green hillside from the Ligurian sea -- is awash in Mediterranean color: ochre, pink and red. It's a big town with more than 600,000 people, but it has a small-town feel and layout that make it imminently walkable. In fact, Genoa's foremost calling cards -- its historic center; the Piazza de Ferrari, where the Opera and Palace of the Doges are located; the chic shopping avenue, Via XX Settembre; and the largely pedestrian-only streets that hug the Cathedral of San Lorenzo -- are all within a 10- to 20-minute walk of Porto Antico.

Genoa, or Genova in Italian, has a rich history dating back to ancient times, but it's probably best known for Christopher Columbus, its most famous native celebrity. It has long been associated with the arts, and in 2004 the European Union designated Genoa as a European Capital of Culture. In 2006, a mid-16th century district on Via Garibaldi that houses an architecturally important ensemble of Renaissance and Baroque palaces was included on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

Genoa typically serves as a port of embarkation or disembarkation, so it isn't often given high priority as a shore excursion. Our best advice? Enjoy a day here before or after your cruise. It's worth it.


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  • 8 Night
    Cruise to Genoa

    Leaving:
    Barcelona
    Visiting:
    Palma de Mallorca, Marseille ... see more
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    MSC Cruises
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    8 Night Cruise to Genoa Route (MSC Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Barcelona
    • Day 2
      Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)
    • Day 3
      Marseille
    • Day 4
      Genoa
    • Day 5
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Kotor
    • Day 8
      Split
    • Day 9
      Venice
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    MSC Opera - MSC Cruises

    Pros

    Fun-filled ship with top-notch entertainment, great food and great kids' facilities

    Cons

    Limited dining options

    Bottom line

    With two nights and two days in Havana, this is a real opportunity to discover the Cuban capital

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    MSC Opera Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    The 2,150-passenger MSC Opera is one of four medium-sized Lirica-class ships, dating from 2004 ...

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    Kenwootton
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Just a good value cruise
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    cruisecriticanonymus
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Dirty, bad service and quite low cost running ship
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Genoa

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    Barcelona
    Visiting:
    Marseille, Genoa ... see more
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    7 Night Cruise to Genoa 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 Grandiosa - MSC Cruises

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    MSC Grandiosa Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    0.0/5

    MSC Grandiosa -- the first of the line's new Meraviglia Plus class -- was christened in Hamburg...

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    roubok
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Poor guest communication, no one knew the answer
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    wpanic
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    A Holiday Cruise
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      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
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    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
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    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Genoa

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

    75 percent of cabins have private balconies

    International pax mix makes for festive ambience

    Has one of Europe's best ship-within-a-ship concepts

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    Overall
    0.0/5

    First Impressions The 133,500-ton, 3,300-passenger M...

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    hobsoncymru
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Chaotic but enjoyable
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    Betty Draper
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    This Cruise Would Turn Avid Cruisers Against Cruising
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      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 Genoa

    Leaving:
    Barcelona
    Visiting:
    Ibiza, Naples ... see more
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    7 Night Cruise to Genoa Route (MSC Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Barcelona
    • Day 2
      Ibiza
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Naples
    • Day 5
      Florence (Livorno)
    • Day 6
      Genoa
    • Day 7
      Marseille
    • Day 8
      Barcelona
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    MSC Divina - MSC Cruises

    Pros

    Excellent entertainment options and fun that lasts late into the night

    Cons

    Not much dining variety, compared to other mainstream cruise lines

    Bottom Line

    Family-friendly fares and Italian touches make Divina a good choice

    Reviews

    MSC Divina Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    How does a Mediterranean cruise line pay tribute to Italian film legend Sophia Loren? By buildi...

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    xoxodanni
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Horrible
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    mjw8342
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Fantastic entertainment; much of the rest a disappointment
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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

    ** 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.

  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Genoa

    Leaving:
    New York
    Visiting:
    New York, King's Wharf ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    MSC Cruises
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    15 Night Cruise to Genoa Route (MSC Cruises)
    • Day 1
      New York (Manhattan)
    • Day 2
      New York (Manhattan)
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      King's Wharf
    • Day 5
      King's Wharf
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Ponta Delgada
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Lisbon
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Valencia
    • Day 15
      Marseille
    • Day 16
      Genoa
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    MSC Divina - MSC Cruises

    Pros

    Excellent entertainment options and fun that lasts late into the night

    Cons

    Not much dining variety, compared to other mainstream cruise lines

    Bottom Line

    Family-friendly fares and Italian touches make Divina a good choice

    Reviews

    MSC Divina Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    How does a Mediterranean cruise line pay tribute to Italian film legend Sophia Loren? By buildi...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    vuitton3
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Stay Away! M stands for MISLEADING in MSC
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    cssmith11302
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    So bad it was laughable. Trust the reviews. We didn't and regret it.
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • 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.

  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Genoa

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