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Cruises to Cinque Terre

La Spezia (Cinque Terre) (Photo:volkova natalia/Shutterstock)
La Spezia (Cinque Terre) (Photo:volkova natalia/Shutterstock)

About Cinque Terre

La Spezia, Italy, lies southeast of Genoa on the Ligurian Sea's Riviera di Levante (Coast of the Rising Sun). Developed as a port even before Roman times, the original fishing village became a trading center for produce from around the world and, in particular, spices (hence, the name La Spezia, meaning spice). During the 13th century, the first set of fortress walls was built, only to be followed by a second defensive ring in the 1600s. Today, the city is Italy's main naval base, as well as a cruise port. In town, visitors can see remnants of the old city walls and discover the port's history at the Naval Museum. The Amedeo Lia Museum displays a private collection of paintings by Italian masters in a former convent. Archeological finds may be seen in the imposing Castle of San Giorgio; getting to the ancient watch tower by funicular is half the fun.

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DAY 1: Miami

14 Night
Cruise to Cinque Terre

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Miami
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15 Night
Cruise to Cinque Terre

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Fort Lauderdale
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DAY 1: Barcelona

7 Night
Cruise to Cinque Terre

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Barcelona
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Palma de Mallorca, Marseille ...
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Royal Caribbean International
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DAY 1: Barcelona

12 Night
Cruise to Cinque Terre

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Barcelona
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Cannes, La Spezia ...
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Royal Caribbean International
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10 Night
Cruise to Cinque Terre

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Barcelona
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Monaco, La Spezia ...
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Cruise Line:
Norwegian Cruise Line
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10 Night
Cruise to Cinque Terre

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Venice
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Split, Kotor ...
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Norwegian Cruise Line
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Cruise to Cinque Terre

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Venice
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Split, Kotor ...
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7 Night
Cruise to Cinque Terre

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Rome
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Naples, Barcelona ...
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Royal Caribbean International
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9 Night
Cruise to Cinque Terre

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Barcelona
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Marseille, Villefranche ...
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7 Night
Cruise to Cinque Terre

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Barcelona
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Valencia, Ibiza ...
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Celebrity Cruises
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14 Night
Cruise to Cinque Terre

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Rome
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La Spezia, Toulon ...
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Celebrity Cruises
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11 Night
Cruise to Cinque Terre

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Barcelona
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Monaco, La Spezia ...
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Norwegian Cruise Line
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12 Night
Cruise to Cinque Terre

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Barcelona
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Cannes, La Spezia ...
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Royal Caribbean International
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9 Night
Cruise to Cinque Terre

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Barcelona
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Marseille, Portofino ...
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Celebrity Cruises
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9 Night
Cruise to Cinque Terre

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Venice
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Zadar, Kotor ...
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15 Night
Cruise to Cinque Terre

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Rome
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La Spezia, Toulon ...
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7 Night
Cruise to Cinque Terre

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Rome
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Naples, La Spezia ...
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Celebrity Cruises
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17 Night
Cruise to Cinque Terre

Leaving:
Lisbon
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Madeira, La Palma ...
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Cruise Line:
Oceania Cruises
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7 Night
Cruise to Cinque Terre

Leaving:
Cannes
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Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona ...
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Cruise Line:
MSC Cruises
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7 Night
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Palma de Mallorca
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Barcelona, Cannes ...
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MSC Cruises
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7 Night
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Cannes
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Genoa, La Spezia ...
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MSC Cruises
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7 Night
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Barcelona
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Cannes, Genoa ...
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9 Night
Cruise to Cinque Terre

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Venice
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Kotor, Taormina ...
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14 Night
Cruise to Cinque Terre

Leaving:
Southampton
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Gibraltar, Villefranche ...
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Cruise Line:
Royal Caribbean International
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Rome
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Why go to Cinque Terre?

Pros:

The iconic Cinque Terre coastline is merely minutes from the port of La Spezia

Cons:

La Spezia itself doesn't offer much, so cruisers must pay extra for nearby attractions

Bottom Line:

In addition to Cinque Terre, La Spezia is a gateway to cities such as Florence and Pisa

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The currency in Italy is the euro, and ATMs are located throughout the city.

Language?

Italian, but English is understood in tourist areas.

--By Ginger Dingus, Cruise Critic contributor

--Photo: Rostislav Glinsky/Shutterstock


Cinque Terre Cruise Reviews

Costa Smeralda
MK_Cruiser1955
Sail Date: Jan 2020
A delightful town but we, again did our own thing, visiting Cinque Terre on our own with more freedom to do our own thing and substantially cheaper than an organised tour... Read More
Oasis of the Seas
vashcroft
Sail Date: Sep 2019
We didn’t choose an excursion but visited Cinque Terre independently. Be prepared for crowds! It is a fabulous place but very very busy with tourists. You have to take the free shuttle from the ship which... Read More
Oasis of the Seas
JP82
Sail Date: Sep 2019
Do Cinque Terre if you can, stunning, and some great walks/hiking to be had.... Read More
Celebrity Edge
JoMalcolm
Sail Date: Jul 2019
Blue Boat Cinque Terre and Captain Simone put on the very best day out. He'll collect you from the port and whisk you off on a fabulous day of food, music, wine, Lemoncello and the sights. It is the very best way... Read More
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