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Cruises to Bari

Bari (Photo:Emi Cristea/Shutterstock)

About Bari

Bari, which lies in the Puglia, or Apulia, region of southern Italy (around the heel of the country's "boot" shape) is the kind of port cruise passengers dream about. It boasts a delightfully sunny, palm-lined promenade and broad boulevards with designer shops and top-quality restaurants. And, its lovely medieval Old Town is so atmospheric it could be the set for a particularly romantic version of "Romeo and Juliet" with its balconied houses, pretty courtyards, Baroque and Romanesque churches, chapels, shops and courtyards.



Beyond the city itself lies beautiful Puglia, which is endowed with a sandy coastline, 60 million olive trees, Roman ruins, vast golden wheat fields and the distinctive whitewashed, grey, conical-roofed houses known as the Trulli.



Bari is growing in popularity as a cruise port. Big-ship lines -- including P&O, Costa, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises -- are now visiting there, in addition to the small, upmarket ships of Seabourn, Silversea, Azamara and Oceania Cruises.



This is one port guaranteed to deliver a memorable day ashore -- and even have you planning to come back for a longer visit.



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Seven Seas Explorer
Seven Seas Explorer

12 Night
Cruise To BariDetails

Leaving:Trieste
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Oct 7, 2022
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Seven Seas Voyager
Seven Seas Voyager

10 Night
Cruise To BariDetails

Leaving:Trieste
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Oct 11, 2022
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Viking Sky
Viking Sky

7 Night
Cruise To BariDetails

Leaving:Rome
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
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MSC Fantasia
MSC Fantasia

11 Night
Cruise To BariDetails

Leaving:Istanbul
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Sep 17, 2022
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6 Night
Cruise To BariDetails

Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Oct 30, 2022
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Cruise Critic Favorite

14 Night
Cruise To BariDetails

Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
Apr 3, 2023
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14 Night
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Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
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12 Night
Cruise To BariDetails

Leaving:Trieste
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Sep 28, 2022
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7 Night
Cruise To BariDetails

Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
May 15, 2023
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28 Night
Cruise To BariDetails

Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
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7 Night
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Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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21 Night
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Leaving:Istanbul
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
Apr 13, 2024
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10 Night
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Leaving:Istanbul
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Sep 28, 2022
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6 Night
Cruise To BariDetails

Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Apr 8, 2023
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6 Night
Cruise To BariDetails

Leaving:Ancona
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Sep 4, 2022
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Why go to Bari?

Pros:

Bari is, simply put, drop-dead gorgeous, and outstanding traditional Italian fare abounds

Cons:

This is a big city with sometimes stress-inducing, frenetic traffic

Bottom Line:

Stroll both the Old Town and New Town sections seeking remarkable architecture and Italian cafes

Bari Cruise Port Facilities?

Behind the terminal area was an open seating area, somewhere quiet to sit and wait for tour buses. And, behind that was a much larger, two-story terminal with check-in desks on the lower floor and a souvenir shop, lavatories, drink machines and a newsstand on the upper level. There's no ATM, though; that's in the bank inside the docks.



Bari has the longest seafront in Italy. It's also one of the prettiest, dotted with elaborately styled, elegant, black wrought-iron street lamps and planted with palm trees.



Head left along the promenade from the dock gates, and across the road you'll see a grassed-over dry moat surrounding the old city walls, with a few restaurant and cafe tables laid out, should you need a quick drink or snack.



Good to Know?

Italian traffic can be very daunting, particularly in the narrow streets of the Old Town, where you'll need to keep your wits about you if you don't want to collide with a speeding Vespa (or, as in my case, have a near miss with a cyclist).



You'll also need to be brave in barging across zebra crossings. Italian drivers are a law unto themselves and won't stop unless you make them. (Don't walk right out in front of them, though -- do give a bit of warning for your own safety!)



As with most big cities, Bari can be a hunting ground for pickpockets, so keep bags and pockets well-buttoned, and don't carry too much cash or expensive jewelry.



Getting Around?

Bari's Old and New Towns are easily walkable from the port. To reach the Old Town, head left along the promenade, and after about 10 minutes, you'll see a broad archway set into the old walls; this is the entrance to Bari's Old Town.



Some cruise lines provide free shuttle buses from the dock gates down to Avenue Corso Cavour, one of the main shopping streets in the "new" part of Bari. It's easy to walk from there back to the cruise terminal via the Old Town by strolling east along Corso Cavour to Piazza 4th Novembre and then walking left along the main street, Corso Vittorio Emanuele, which divides the Old Town from the new.



If you don't want to walk or take the shuttle bus around town, you'll find mini-train tours on offer right at the dock entrance. Trenino-Tour offers 1.5-hour Bari City Tour drives around Bari's harbour, Old Town and main sights. Eventieturismo offers one-hour tours.



Taxis are also based at the dock gates. They are metered, but roundtrips to local places of interest can be negotiated separately with waiting time.



Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Currency is the euro; see www.oanda.com or www.xe.com for the latest conversion rates. You'll find an ATM machine right in the port where you dock. Look for the Banco Populaire di Bari, a squat cream building that lies about a two-minute walk to the left of the port entrance, within the perimeter fence.



Language?

Italian is the official language. Don't assume you'll find English-speakers, so take a phrasebook along, or at least memorize a few basic phrases like hello (buon giorno), thank you (per favore), how much (quante'e) and I don't understand (non capisco).



Where You're Docked?

Bari has three separate docks for ferries, container / freight vessels and cruise ships. We were greeted on arrival at the cruise dock by a small blue terminal with a big, friendly "Welcome" sign on the outside and passport control desks inside.




Bari Cruise Reviews
An independent city tour would have been better than the bubble-tour arranged by MSCRead More
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NOVABuffalo
Bari is not the most exciting city and the cruise line should consider substituting that port for a different oneRead More
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maghuertas
BARI: A true suprise port. We didn't expect much and almost didn't get off the ship due to rain--since it's a 1/2 mile walk from ship to town. MSC offers a 10/pp euro bus, but we looked and determined that the oldRead More
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CO-SOS
Lovely place. Just went for a walk on our own. Read More
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