284 Palermo (Sicily) Cruise Reviews

Really not that much to see here, but it is nice to get off the ship and just walk the streets and experience the Sicilian city. Really not that much to see here, but it is nice to get off the ship and just walk the streets and ... Read More
Really not that much to see here, but it is nice to get off the ship and just walk the streets and experience the Sicilian city. Really not that much to see here, but it is nice to get off the ship and just walk the streets and experience the Sicilian city. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
a short walk and you are into the city center. easy stroll through town . get a free map showing the main sights. We walked to the station (30 min) through the town and too a train to Cefalu. 1 hour each way. Beautiful seaside village- ... Read More
a short walk and you are into the city center. easy stroll through town . get a free map showing the main sights. We walked to the station (30 min) through the town and too a train to Cefalu. 1 hour each way. Beautiful seaside village- walk through teh old city as well as a pristine beach Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Nothing to see, one of the worst ports in the Med though because it is on the way there have been many unwarranted visit. But ship berths in town centre and there is no need of excursion.
Nothing to see, one of the worst ports in the Med though because it is on the way there have been many unwarranted visit. But ship berths in town centre and there is no need of excursion. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Manic! Yes it's tatty and grimy but we want to go back for a longer stay. Although ships berth seemingly close to the town, distances can be deceiving - give yourselves time
Manic! Yes it's tatty and grimy but we want to go back for a longer stay. Although ships berth seemingly close to the town, distances can be deceiving - give yourselves time Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We walked from the ship, only a couple of blocks to City centre and then walked up to the palace and the palace church, walked around town. listened to some street musical.
We walked from the ship, only a couple of blocks to City centre and then walked up to the palace and the palace church, walked around town. listened to some street musical. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We caught the City Sightseeing Hop-On-Hop-Off bus which had two major loops through the city for 24 euros per adult. We found this the most efficient way to see the city in the limited time we had there. The sound is transistor radio ... Read More
We caught the City Sightseeing Hop-On-Hop-Off bus which had two major loops through the city for 24 euros per adult. We found this the most efficient way to see the city in the limited time we had there. The sound is transistor radio quality, but in multiple languages (you select from the dials on the box next to your seat) and reasonably informative. Note, if you want to see things well, sit on the top deck of the double-decker bus. Also, save your ticket for a 10% discount on any following City Sight-seeing tours purchased later. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
We arrived into Palermo in the pouring rain! Luckily the ship docks right up at the port. So we got off the ship and took a private tour 4 of us costing 30 euros each. The driver spoke English quite well and despite the weather we had a ... Read More
We arrived into Palermo in the pouring rain! Luckily the ship docks right up at the port. So we got off the ship and took a private tour 4 of us costing 30 euros each. The driver spoke English quite well and despite the weather we had a good tour. He took us up to the Santa Rossalia open church/grotto. It was an amazing sight to see and well worth the trip. We also went to see the Cathedral and the Opera house with a quick tour of Palermo itself. Probably the tour was about 4 hours &very similar to one on board the ship that was charging double the amount! Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
We took the wiki-train tour around Palermo because every review I read said that we'd be pickpocketed before we knew it if we struck out bravely on our own.So here's the thing. Put your valuables in a safe place. How you ... Read More
We took the wiki-train tour around Palermo because every review I read said that we'd be pickpocketed before we knew it if we struck out bravely on our own.So here's the thing. Put your valuables in a safe place. How you determine this is up to you, but don't carry a designer handbag over your shoulder with a wallet poking out one side and a camera sticking out the other ... get it?The wiki-train tour was good and I'm glad we did it but I didn't understand a word the tour guide said when she was speaking in English. I did pick up a few words in French so if you're French you'll be better off.After the wiki train we headed into the pedestrian mall area on foot and enjoyed coffee and sweets at a lovely cafe. We didn't get killed even once!Now I know the reputation for this place is pretty bad but from what I can tell the whole world is a dangerous place once you leave the shores of Australia. I'd never come across so many warning signs and loudspeaker warnings prior to this trip ... but I digress. Sicily is really, really beautiful. There are nice people in Palermo. We met some of them. As to the rest, put your money and phone in a safe place. Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
Tip: if you're going to wake up early once during your cruise, do it here!Arriving in Palermo is magical; the slow sunrise illuminating the Etna volcano (far off to the left) and then slowly coloring the mountains over Palermo is ... Read More
Tip: if you're going to wake up early once during your cruise, do it here!Arriving in Palermo is magical; the slow sunrise illuminating the Etna volcano (far off to the left) and then slowly coloring the mountains over Palermo is breathtaking. Meanwhile, the city is already in a buzz, with honking cars inching their ways up and down the main arteries. As soon as the sun rose over the horizon, a single church bell started to ring - not just the ordinary 'bim - bam', but the Ave Maria. You do not have to be a religious person to be touched by it; and it - over the background noice of honking traffic - set the tone of the day.Again, we went out on our own with the help of a city map. Splendid corruption; marvellous marble palaces, slowly decaying and split up in small apartments are everywhere around town. A few sights are really worthwile; the Teatro Massimo, the 'Fountain of Shame', the cathedral, all were picture-perfect. Taking a wrong turn here and there, we ended up on the market, which is something we always enjoy, fresh fish, meat, fruit and vegetables everywhere - and a guy carrying a half pig carcass on his back- unwrapped. We also walked up to the Catacombe dei Cappucini, where Palermos bourgeousie and clergy were interred in the 19th century. A stronger 'memento mori' is not possible. Not for the weak-stomached, though. And again, the term splendid corruption comes to mind; with all these people 'buried' in their sundays' finest; their bodies given over to the decay of nearly 2 centuries.Further, Palermo is an Italian city, full of stylish shops and finely dressed people. A fascinating city. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
You can walk in straight form the ship, on a sunday many of the shops are shut but I found an interesting market to walk around and the cathedral is pretty spectacular but don't bother with the Norman Palace, you cant take pictures ... Read More
You can walk in straight form the ship, on a sunday many of the shops are shut but I found an interesting market to walk around and the cathedral is pretty spectacular but don't bother with the Norman Palace, you cant take pictures and if you are used to historic European buildings this will be a let down. Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
The port was actually Messina, but it's not listed on the drop down menu. We took a cab to Tourmina about 20 minutes away. Most shops are closed in Messina on a Sunday. You have to go to Tourmina to do anything. Lots of shops, a ... Read More
The port was actually Messina, but it's not listed on the drop down menu. We took a cab to Tourmina about 20 minutes away. Most shops are closed in Messina on a Sunday. You have to go to Tourmina to do anything. Lots of shops, a beach, and a view of Mt. Etna. Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
Walked extensively to points & routes recommended by the Excursion Director. Could also get free wifi at a restaurant very near the dock.Took a cab to the Hotel Grand, about a mile from the city center. Very nice setting for lunch, but ... Read More
Walked extensively to points & routes recommended by the Excursion Director. Could also get free wifi at a restaurant very near the dock.Took a cab to the Hotel Grand, about a mile from the city center. Very nice setting for lunch, but expensive (24 euros for a club sandwich & fries).The Verdi Opera House was impressive, but couldn't get in for a tour (an employee said "Tomorrow"). Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
MSC Cruises needs to drop this port from the itinerary. This city is ugly, dirty and very poor! I took a city tour and they made us go thru the flea market, which is in a ghetto where people are so poor and dirty that they live in tin ... Read More
MSC Cruises needs to drop this port from the itinerary. This city is ugly, dirty and very poor! I took a city tour and they made us go thru the flea market, which is in a ghetto where people are so poor and dirty that they live in tin houses! Unbelievable! Nothing exciting to see there. It would be better to stop in Salerno with a tour to Amalfi/Capri, or in Cefalu and tour the roman ruins. Please drop Palermo! Read Less
Sail Date August 2013
Did both the red and blue Hop on/off bus. Good way to see the old and newer parts of this very busy city. Do it early because it get hot in the Summer and traffic is crazy by mid-day.
Did both the red and blue Hop on/off bus. Good way to see the old and newer parts of this very busy city. Do it early because it get hot in the Summer and traffic is crazy by mid-day. Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
Palermo was an excellent port. Plenty to do. We used the red bus for a hop on hop off tour and it was excellent. Only problem item was the city was dirty and it appeared the garbage had not been picked up for a couple of weeks.
Palermo was an excellent port. Plenty to do. We used the red bus for a hop on hop off tour and it was excellent. Only problem item was the city was dirty and it appeared the garbage had not been picked up for a couple of weeks. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
I walked from the ship to a nature reserve and this was north of the port and about an hours walk. I continued my walk past beautiful cacti and eventually had a great view of the town and my ship in the distance. The time ashore was from ... Read More
I walked from the ship to a nature reserve and this was north of the port and about an hours walk. I continued my walk past beautiful cacti and eventually had a great view of the town and my ship in the distance. The time ashore was from about 10am till 5pm so plenty to explore. Read Less
Sail Date April 2013
We walked of the ship directly into the city centre. We used the hoho bus which gives you the opportunity to see the city in a relaxing way. After that we did some shopping. Palermo has great shops. From affordable to luxurious. For ... Read More
We walked of the ship directly into the city centre. We used the hoho bus which gives you the opportunity to see the city in a relaxing way. After that we did some shopping. Palermo has great shops. From affordable to luxurious. For lunch we stoppen at a small restaurant and had a lovely Italian lunch. For us Palermo is a city we will definitely visit again, it is lovely. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
A short stroll from the ship took us right into the town, and we had a gentle stroll for about an hour before re-joining the ship.
A short stroll from the ship took us right into the town, and we had a gentle stroll for about an hour before re-joining the ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2013
Ship docked at Messina (Messina was not in list provided to select as port): Easy to walk to the various sites (such as Christo Re, Neptune Fountain, Piazza Duomo), watched the Bell Tower at the Duomo perform at noon (lion roars, rooster ... Read More
Ship docked at Messina (Messina was not in list provided to select as port): Easy to walk to the various sites (such as Christo Re, Neptune Fountain, Piazza Duomo), watched the Bell Tower at the Duomo perform at noon (lion roars, rooster crows, bell chimes, statues move to "Ave Maria"). Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
Scary city, the atmosphere was so dark. Garbage everywhere. Locals were frowning all the time. This is not a pleasant city to walk through. We were blessed with sunny skies throughout our travel except for this port. Let me tell you things ... Read More
Scary city, the atmosphere was so dark. Garbage everywhere. Locals were frowning all the time. This is not a pleasant city to walk through. We were blessed with sunny skies throughout our travel except for this port. Let me tell you things look even worse with rainy skies. One happy thought, the Hugo Boss store had 50% off everything so Happy Shopping at least? Read Less
Sail Date September 2012

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