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About Florence

On any Western Mediterranean itinerary, Florence is an absolute highlight -- the gem of the early Italian Renaissance. In the 15th century, when great artists like Giotto, Ghiberti, Brunelleschi and Michelangelo worked there, they created magnificent examples of painting and sculpture that today still fill Florentine churches, civic buildings, grand palazzi and world-class museums like the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia. Architecture prospered in Florence, too. The city's signature work of art is the masterful Brunelleschi-designed dome of its cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore, known as the Duomo.

No question, Florence is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. However, for cruise travelers with just one precious day on a six-hour port of call, it's impossible to see it all.

We should note that, as lovely as Florence's famous River Arno is, it's nowhere near big enough (and its bridges are far too low) to allow any kind of ship inside the heart of the city -- and here we include low-slung river vessels along with more traditional cruise ships. As such, it can be confusing to see a cruise itinerary that calls on Florence when ships actually dock at the huge commercial port of Livorno, a good hour-plus drive from the Renaissance City.

However, the charmless city of Livorno (it was badly bombed during World War II) serves as a jumping-off point for daytrips elsewhere. And while Florence is no doubt the richest destination of all, Livorno's north Tuscan locale means that other cities -- Pisa, with its famous leaning tower; the walled city of Lucca; and San Gimignano, with 14 of its medieval towers still intact -- are also options.


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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Florence

    Leaving:
    Barcelona
    Visiting:
    Naples, Rome ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Florence (Livorno) Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Barcelona
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Naples
    • Day 4
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 5
      Florence (Livorno)
    • Day 6
      Cannes
    • Day 7
      Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)
    • Day 8
      Barcelona
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Epic - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Jam-packed with 24/7 entertainment for singles, couples, families and groups

    Cons

    Confusing corridors and congested main decks

    Bottom line

    Fun, fun, fun for everyone

    Reviews

    Norwegian Epic Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    With so much going on, Norwegian Epic is a cruise ship with broad appeal. The ship was one of t...

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    cregger57
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Wonderful Back-to-back cruises
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    SonzTwin
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    It Could Easily Have Been Just Two Stars...
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  • 16 Night
    Cruise to Florence

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Ponta Delgada, Seville ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    16 Night Cruise to Florence (Livorno) Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Ponta Delgada
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Seville
    • Day 12
      Malaga
    • Day 13
      Valencia
    • Day 14
      Barcelona
    • Day 15
      Cannes
    • Day 16
      Florence (Livorno)
    • Day 17
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
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    Norwegian Pearl - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Plenty of dining, nightlife and family options to easily accommodate short sailings

    Cons

    Unless you're onboard for a theme charter, evening entertainment might feel a bit dated

    Bottom Line

    Whether you're just taking a long weekend or sailing with superstars, Norwegian Pearl is a cheerful ship to call home

    Reviews

    Norwegian Pearl Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Norwegian Pearl is a fantastically fun ship from its imaginative decor (blown-up photos of wild...

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    hsmcruise
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Nervous cruiser in midst of covid 19
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    Best Life
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Nice ship for a Bahamas weekend
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    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
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    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 18 Night
    Cruise to Florence

    Leaving:
    Rome
    Visiting:
    Monaco, Florence ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    18 Night Cruise to Florence (Livorno) Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 2
      Monaco (Monte Carlo)
    • Day 3
      Florence (Livorno)
    • Day 4
      Naples
    • Day 5
      Malta (Valletta)
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 8
      Kusadasi
    • Day 9
      Istanbul
    • Day 10
      Istanbul
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Rhodes
    • Day 13
      Limassol
    • Day 14
      Jerusalem (Ashdod)
    • Day 15
      Haifa (Tel Aviv)
    • Day 16
      Haifa (Tel Aviv)
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      Cruising
    • Day 19
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
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    Norwegian Dawn - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Tons of dining, bars and activities keep everyone entertained; refurb is modern, not tacky

    Cons

    Less-than-perfect ship has confusing layout and occasional maintenance issues

    Bottom Line

    Enthusiastic crowd has a fun time onboard, despite upcharges and an older ship

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    Norwegian Dawn Reviews

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

    Norwegian Dawn is a ship you love despite its flaws. Built in 2002 as the third ship in the Nor...

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    Red E 4 Crusin
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    First Time Norwegian Cruiser - was a bit disappointed !
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    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Nothing Short of Outstanding!!!!
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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.

  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Florence

    Leaving:
    Rome
    Visiting:
    Dubrovnik, Kotor ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    10 Night Cruise to Florence (Livorno) Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Dubrovnik
    • Day 4
      Kotor
    • Day 5
      Corfu
    • Day 6
      Santorini
    • Day 7
      Mykonos
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Naples
    • Day 10
      Florence (Livorno)
    • Day 11
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Getaway - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Getaway makes the most of outdoor spaces like the Waterfront with its South Beach vibe.

    Cons

    Fees add up for wow-factor experiences, such as upscale restaurants and dinner theater.

    Bottom Line

    Getaway offers an abundance of dining and entertainment options with a Miami flair.

    Reviews

    Norwegian Getaway Reviews

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

    Getaway simply oozes Miami, and that's exactly what Norwegian Cruise Line was going for when it...

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    rcafguy
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    The crew were wonderful. Some remembered us from previous cruises .
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Excellent Holiday
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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.

  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Florence

    Leaving:
    Rome
    Visiting:
    Kotor, Dubrovnik ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    11 Night Cruise to Florence (Livorno) Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Kotor
    • Day 4
      Dubrovnik
    • Day 5
      Corfu
    • Day 6
      Santorini
    • Day 7
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 8
      Mykonos
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Naples
    • Day 11
      Florence (Livorno)
    • Day 12
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Getaway - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Getaway makes the most of outdoor spaces like the Waterfront with its South Beach vibe.

    Cons

    Fees add up for wow-factor experiences, such as upscale restaurants and dinner theater.

    Bottom Line

    Getaway offers an abundance of dining and entertainment options with a Miami flair.

    Reviews

    Norwegian Getaway Reviews

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

    Getaway simply oozes Miami, and that's exactly what Norwegian Cruise Line was going for when it...

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    MARB
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    First Time Definitely Not the Last Time
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    Docb225
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Fun Getaway
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