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About Ancona

You've likely heard of the Italian Riviera, which stretches into Italy past Monaco; and the Amalfi Coast, which includes famous hotspots such as Capri, Sorrento and Positano. And you definitely know about the gorgeous hilltop towns and vineyards of Tuscany and Umbria.

But chances are, you've never heard of Riveria del Conero on the Adriatic Sea, anchored by Ancona. Or Italy's Marche region, which also has medieval towns, Roman ruins, local cuisine and wine, and fabulous scenery. Both have remained off the main tourist path, yet have plenty to offer, particularly if you've already been to Italy several times.

The largest city in Marche, Ancona has a long history as a port. Founded by the Greeks in 387 BC, it was an important holding by the Romans and Byzantine Empire and had enough strength to become its own maritime republic before becoming a Papal State. It was also an important Italian base in World War I and World War II.

Today, Ancona is still a busy seaport, with ferries leaving regularly for Greece and Croatia (which are within sight distance). It's a port stop for smaller cruise ships from lines such as Regent Seven Seas and Oceania Cruises; other lines such as Princess might do one-off stops, too. Mediterranean cruise line MSC uses Ancona as an embarkation port, while many cruise ships get their start here -- literally -- as Italian shipbuilding powerhouse Fincantieri has a shipyard in the region.

While Ancona itself doesn't look too pretty at first glance, it's the perfect jumping-off point to explore the medieval town of Urbino, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that's the birthplace of the artist Raphael; the natural beaches of Riviera del Conero; or nearby cities such as Assisi, Jesi or Loreto, a pilgrimage city. Or, you can just stay in town and do a walking tour of the local cathedral (which has mummified relics) and piazza, where the traditional pleasures of gelato, espresso or an Aperol spritz are close at hand.


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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Ancona

    Leaving:
    Venice
    Visiting:
    Split, Santorini ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    MSC Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Ancona Route (MSC Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Venice
    • Day 2
      Split
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Santorini
    • Day 4
      Mykonos
    • Day 5
      Mykonos
    • Day 6
      Dubrovnik
    • Day 7
      Ancona
    • Day 8
      Venice
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    MSC Sinfonia - MSC Cruises

    Intimate, mid-sized ship

    Primarily geared to Europeans

    Night owls can howl at the hip Pasha Club

    Reviews

    MSC Sinfonia Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    The 1,952-passenger MSC Sinfonia is one of four medium-sized Mistral-class ships, dating from 2...

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    nchapira
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Not bad and not good either: it's mediocre.
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    Hvpkhyu
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Poor service so sad to see the services on board dropped so much
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Ancona

    Leaving:
    Rome
    Visiting:
    Sorrento, Positano ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Azamara
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    10 Night Cruise to Ancona Route (Azamara)
    • Day 1
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 2
      Sorrento
    • Day 3
      Positano (Amalfi)
    • Day 4
      Syracuse
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Brindisi
    • Day 7
      Kotor
    • Day 8
      Ancona
    • Day 9
      Trieste
    • Day 10
      Venice
    • Day 11
      Venice
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    Azamara Quest - Azamara

    Pros

    Destination-focused itineraries; friendly and fun onboard vibe

    Cons

    Standard cabins are small with tiny bathrooms, despite a high price tag

    Bottom Line

    Destination-immersive, upscale cruising, with not a lot of nickel and diming

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    Azamara Quest Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value3.5

    Editor's Note: A March 2019 dry dock saw the ship's casino converted into ...

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    soars
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Boutique Six star ! - head office needs to learn how to count stars!
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    Madkel
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    First Azamara Cruise.
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Ancona

    Leaving:
    Venice
    Visiting:
    Split, Santorini ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    MSC Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Ancona Route (MSC Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Venice
    • Day 2
      Split
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Santorini
    • Day 5
      Sarande
    • Day 6
      Dubrovnik
    • Day 7
      Ancona
    • Day 8
      Venice
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    MSC Sinfonia - MSC Cruises

    Intimate, mid-sized ship

    Primarily geared to Europeans

    Night owls can howl at the hip Pasha Club

    Reviews

    MSC Sinfonia Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    The 1,952-passenger MSC Sinfonia is one of four medium-sized Mistral-class ships, dating from 2...

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    agibbs
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Cruising with small children and infants
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    Dagenhamboy
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Six months is a lifetime
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      Soda and Juice
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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Ancona

    Leaving:
    Venice
    Visiting:
    Ancona, Dubrovnik ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    12 Night Cruise to Ancona Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Venice
    • Day 2
      Ancona
    • Day 3
      Dubrovnik
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 6
      Kusadasi
    • Day 7
      Istanbul
    • Day 8
      Istanbul
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Limassol
    • Day 11
      Haifa (Tel Aviv)
    • Day 12
      Jerusalem (Ashdod)
    • Day 13
      Haifa (Tel Aviv)
    Ship Details

    Sirena - Oceania Cruises

    Pros

    Cozy, small ship with excellent cuisine

    Cons

    Standard cabins are small; weak enrichment program

    Bottom Line

    Port-intensive itineraries in an upmarket setting

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    Sirena, which debuted in April 2016, is the fourth of defunct Renaissance Cruises' R-class vess...

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    xquizitluddite
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Wonderful Service in Crisis Situation
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    algtch
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Not up to expectations
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    • 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 Ancona

    Leaving:
    Venice
    Visiting:
    Split, Santorini ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    MSC Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Ancona Route (MSC Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Venice
    • Day 2
      Split
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Santorini
    • Day 4
      Mykonos
    • Day 5
      Mykonos
    • Day 6
      Dubrovnik
    • Day 7
      Ancona
    • Day 8
      Venice
    Ship Details

    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

    Reviews

    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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    yakety sax
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Clean Ship - Everything Else Disappointing
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    Kenwootton
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Just a good value cruise
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
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    • 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.

  • 22 Night
    Cruise to Ancona

    Leaving:
    Monaco
    Visiting:
    Olbia, Positano ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Oceania Cruises
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    22 Night Cruise to Ancona Route (Oceania Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Monaco (Monte Carlo)
    • Day 2
      Olbia
    • Day 3
      Positano (Amalfi)
    • Day 4
      Taormina (Messina)
    • Day 5
      Malta (Valletta)
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Zakynthos
    • Day 8
      Tirana (Durres)
    • Day 9
      Dubrovnik
    • Day 10
      Koper
    • Day 11
      Venice
    • Day 12
      Ancona
    • Day 13
      Korcula
    • Day 14
      Monopoli
    • Day 15
      Mediterranean Sea (Cruising)
    • Day 16
      Santorini
    • Day 17
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 18
      Paros
    • Day 19
      Rhodes
    • Day 20
      Kusadasi
    • Day 21
      Dikili
    • Day 22
      Istanbul
    • Day 23
      Istanbul
    Ship Details

    Nautica - Oceania Cruises

    Pros

    Oceania has best food at sea, with no-fee specialty restaurants and vast menu choices.

    Cons

    Popular itineraries sell out quickly, and longer sailings may not appeal to time-constrained travelers.

    Bottom line

    Nautica offers plenty of amenities in the more intimate setting of a mid-sized ship.

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.0
    Value5.0

    Imagine yourself in a floating country club, and you'll have a good feel for Nautica's onboard ...

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    SusanelizabethP
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Poor service , poor food , poor staff
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    Rutman
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    A Solid Upscale Cruising Experience
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
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    • 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

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  • 9 Night
    Cruise to Ancona

    Leaving:
    Venice
    Visiting:
    Ravenna, Ancona ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Azamara
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    9 Night Cruise to Ancona Route (Azamara)
    • Day 1
      Venice
    • Day 2
      Ravenna (Bologna)
    • Day 3
      Ancona
    • Day 4
      Kotor
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Syracuse
    • Day 7
      Taormina (Messina)
    • Day 8
      Positano (Amalfi)
    • Day 9
      Sorrento
    • Day 10
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    Ship Details

    Azamara Journey - Azamara

    Pros

    Unique programming, friendly service and impressive commitment to destination cruising

    Cons

    Limited entertainment options, including a too-small casino, and hit-or-miss theater offerings

    Bottom Line

    Great choice for a truly grown-up getaway with more time in port

    Reviews