418 Genoa Cruise Reviews

Very good architecture and city monuments, but the port is dirty and there's a lot of street sellers everywhere and sometimes is very oppressive.
Very good architecture and city monuments, but the port is dirty and there's a lot of street sellers everywhere and sometimes is very oppressive. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Opposite the port gates there is a 12 euro bus tour. You will see all the interesting stuff in Genoa for a fraction of MSC's trips. A lively, majestic city, once fabulously wealthy. Still has a lot of class. Also a Macdonalds on the ... Read More
Opposite the port gates there is a 12 euro bus tour. You will see all the interesting stuff in Genoa for a fraction of MSC's trips. A lively, majestic city, once fabulously wealthy. Still has a lot of class. Also a Macdonalds on the road along the waterfront for free WI Fi unless you like being royally screwed by MSC internet rates. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
None of the excursions appealed to us. Another day of just walking around on our own. Perhaps if we had done an excursion I would have enjoyed this port more.
None of the excursions appealed to us. Another day of just walking around on our own. Perhaps if we had done an excursion I would have enjoyed this port more. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
A nice port. We got on a city tour bus. It was informative and drops you off right by the aquarium. We took a little walk and found a nice non-touristy restaurant for some pesto.
A nice port. We got on a city tour bus. It was informative and drops you off right by the aquarium. We took a little walk and found a nice non-touristy restaurant for some pesto. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Great little port, super interesting! Don’t bother with a shuttle bus into town, it’s only a 10 min walk. A gelato at U Gelato du Caruggiu is an absolute must.
Great little port, super interesting! Don’t bother with a shuttle bus into town, it’s only a 10 min walk. A gelato at U Gelato du Caruggiu is an absolute must. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Our flight was late so we didn't have a chance to visit the city this time round. I recall the inner, old part of the city to be quite spectacular.
Our flight was late so we didn't have a chance to visit the city this time round. I recall the inner, old part of the city to be quite spectacular. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Great walking town, get a map from the Tourist Info at the port exit and it has a walking tour.
Great walking town, get a map from the Tourist Info at the port exit and it has a walking tour. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
GENOA: I love Genoa because it seems so completely Italian, especially in the historic center, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. Our ship docked in the main harbor in the middle of the city's waterfront -- an easy walk to ... Read More
GENOA: I love Genoa because it seems so completely Italian, especially in the historic center, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. Our ship docked in the main harbor in the middle of the city's waterfront -- an easy walk to almost any attraction and just a few minutes from the main (Principe) train station. Genoa is built on a hillside, so there is some climbing, but the waterfront alone has enough attractions to fill a half day for those with mobility issues. Pick up a map in the cruise terminal and exit right (east) along the waterfront until you reach the Galata Museum del Mar (Museum of the Sea). This is a large, modern, very enjoyable museum that is worth at least an hour or two when you are returning to the ship. See their website for hours and current prices. From the museum, cross the street and head uphill through the narrow lanes (gritty but safe) to the main street (Via Balbi). From there continue east to the Palazzo Real. There are five major palaces remaining from the days of Genoa's peak power and wealth. The Palazzo Real is the most interesting, but combination tickets are available, and it is fun to see more than one. From the Palazzo Real walk farther east to Via Garibaldi, where there are beautiful historic buildings and three more palazzi -- together called the Palazzi dei Rolli on the Strade Nuove, designated a UNESCO world heritage site. Combo tickets for the palaces are available at the nearby bookshop. The fifth palace, and the one with the most art is the National Gallery of Palazzo Spinola, on Piazza Pelliceria nearby. From there walk downhill to the cathedral and nearby fountain on Piazza de Ferrari, where you will find the Genova sign/sculpture for a photo op. The view down the historic Via XX Settembre is grand. It is an easy walk back west to the waterfront for either (or both) the maritime museum or the modern aquarium. Even if you do not enter the aquarium, there is a cute floating park at the end of its pier, with good views of the ship and the city. From the aquarium and maritime museum it is an easy walk back to the ship. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Spent 2 nights pre-cruise, the museums are very good, but beware of some of the narrow streets; particularly at night. Tip if you are embarking in Genoa, there is a free bus and a 6 euro coach from the airport to the main railway station. ... Read More
Spent 2 nights pre-cruise, the museums are very good, but beware of some of the narrow streets; particularly at night. Tip if you are embarking in Genoa, there is a free bus and a 6 euro coach from the airport to the main railway station. On the day of embarkation MSC have a stand at the station where you can leave your luggage to be delivered to the ship and your cabin. From the station it is a 6 minute walk to the ship Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Go to the Marina area. It is walking distance and you can see the aquarium if you wish or go to the Eataly for food and shopping.
Go to the Marina area. It is walking distance and you can see the aquarium if you wish or go to the Eataly for food and shopping. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Be sure to go to the Port in Genoa, NOT PORTOFINO as per the itin given to you from MSC !! This was a costly excercise and stressful start to our holiday. MSC dock in Genoa itself about 10km from Genoa Airport, the experience at the port ... Read More
Be sure to go to the Port in Genoa, NOT PORTOFINO as per the itin given to you from MSC !! This was a costly excercise and stressful start to our holiday. MSC dock in Genoa itself about 10km from Genoa Airport, the experience at the port was good. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Because we were getting off the ship early the next day, I wanted to keep things simple so that we could return to the ship, pack, and get a good night rest before our return trip home. We went to the Acquario di Genova, located near the ... Read More
Because we were getting off the ship early the next day, I wanted to keep things simple so that we could return to the ship, pack, and get a good night rest before our return trip home. We went to the Acquario di Genova, located near the cruise terminal. It would’ve been a fairly easy 20 minute walk, but we decided to take a taxi. 15 Euros flat fee. The aquarium is a bit old, but it’s comprehensive and extensive. It is considered the largest aquarium in Europe. It was what the kids needed after a long week of sightseeing. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Lovely place to call. A bit chilly, not unexpected for the time of year so decided to pay 10 euros to go on the tour bus around town. A great way to learn more about Genoas history and to see the main monuments. Would like to stop there ... Read More
Lovely place to call. A bit chilly, not unexpected for the time of year so decided to pay 10 euros to go on the tour bus around town. A great way to learn more about Genoas history and to see the main monuments. Would like to stop there again in warmer months to enjoy the town a bit more Read Less
Sail Date November 2018

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