Genoa

The Acquario di Genova
A charming old town
An eclectic and vibrant port

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Genoa

A mix of cultures and fragrances

Genoa is marvellously eclectic, vibrant and full of rough-edged style; it’s a great cruise excursion.

Indeed “La Superba” (The Superb), as it was known at the height of its authority as a Mediterranean superpower, boasts more zest and intrigue than all the surrounding coastal resorts put together.

During a holiday to Genoa you can explore its old town: a dense and fascinating warren of medieval alleyways home to large palazzi built in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries by Genoa’s wealthy mercantile families and now transformed into museums and art galleries. You should seek out the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, the Palazzo Ducale, and the Renaissance palaces of Via Garibaldi which contain the cream of Genoa’s art collections, as well as furniture and decor from the grandest days of the city’s past, when its ships sailed to all corners of the Mediterranean Sea.

The Acquario di Genova is the city’s pride and joy, parked like a giant ocean liner on the waterfront, with seventy tanks housing sea creatures from all the world’s major habitats, including the world’s biggest reconstruction of a Caribbean coral reef. It’s a great aquarium by any standards, the second largest in Europe by capacity, and boasts a fashionably ecology-conscious slant and excellent background information in Italian and English.

Just 35 km south of Genoa, there’s no denying the appeal of Portofino, tucked into a protected inlet surrounded by lush cypress- and olive-clad slopes. It’s an A-list resort that has been attracting high-flying bankers, celebs and their hangers-on for years, as evidenced by the flotillas of giant yachts usually anchored just outside. It’s a tiny place that is attractive yet somehow off-putting at the same time, with a quota of fancy shops, bars and restaurants for a place twice its size.

Must see places in Genoa

Discover our excursions

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  • DISCOVER GENOA BY SEGWAY

    AKTIV & ÄVENTYR
    • Ingen guide tillgänglig

    • Begränsat antal platser

    • Svårighetsgrad: Medel – Kan innehålla uppförsbackar, trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

      Svårighetsgrad
      Svårighetsgrad: Medel – Kan innehålla uppförsbackar, trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

    • Längd
      2:30 h

    • Frånpris för vuxenSEK585per person

    • Frånpris för barn 2-13 årSEK585per person

    GOA14T

    Short but sweet, this entertaining tour takes you off the ship to discover the city of Genoa by Segway, a great means of transport that’s not only fun and very green, but also makes for leisurely urban exploration without having to get footsore in the process. Your guided roundup of Genoa’s main sights takes you through the town’s historical centre and includes views of the 13th- to 16th-century Doges’ Palace, the birthplace of Christopher Columbus and Porta Soprana, the best known section of Genoa’s remaining city walls. Your Segway tour then rolls to a close with your return to the ship. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems, pregnant women and guests whose weight is less than 45 kilos or more than 117 kilos. The minimum age required to drive the Segway is 16 years old; all guests aged 6/15 can participate in this excursion but will share the Segway with an adult on condition the guests’ total weight does not exceed 117 kilos. Guests have to sign a release act in order to take part in the tour. Assistance throughout the tour only in SWElish and Italian.
  • AQUARIUM

    KUL FÖR HELA FAMILJEN
    • Bästsäljare

    • Svårighetsgrad: Medel – Kan innehålla uppförsbackar, trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

      Svårighetsgrad
      Svårighetsgrad: Medel – Kan innehålla uppförsbackar, trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

    • Längd
      3:30 h

    • Frånpris för vuxenSEK379per person

    • Frånpris för barn 2-13 årSEK289per person

    GOA02T

    Take the family on this funny excursion to the popular Genoa Aquarium; a quick ferry transfer takes us to what is reputed to be one of Europe’s best aquariums, renowned for its size and vast variety of marine creatures. As one of the most natural and environmentally friendly aquariums in the world, everyone will enjoy the collections of multi-coloured tropical fish, sharks, natural corals, penguins and dolphins. After you will have a quick boat trip back to the ship. Please note: this tour is only for guests in transit in Genoa port. No guided visit inside the Aquarium; only cameras without a flash allowed. The Aquarium is wheelchair-friendly; guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the ferry and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since ferries have neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
  • SIGHTSEEING ON OPEN BUS & AQUARIUM

    KUL FÖR HELA FAMILJEN
    • Ingen guide tillgänglig

    • Begränsat antal platser

    • Svårighetsgrad: Lätt – Kan innehålla ett mindre antal trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

      Svårighetsgrad
      Svårighetsgrad: Lätt – Kan innehålla ett mindre antal trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

    • Längd
      7 h

    • Frånpris för vuxenSEK379per person

    • Frånpris för barn 2-13 årSEK289per person

    GOA06T

    Enjoy a panoramic tour of Genoa while sitting comfortably on an open bus and admire the main squares and streets of this lively city. You will discover the elegant 16th century district of Via Garibaldi, the imposing Piazza de Ferrari area with the Ducal Palace. You will also pass by the Carlo Felice Theatre and the Columbus’s house and along the fashion street, Via Roma, with the most elegant Italian brands. During your tour on the bus, multilingual commentary is provided. Next stop will be the Aquarium whose visit is included in the tour, an opportunity to admire on your own a vast variety of marine creatures, coloured tropical fishes, sharks, corals, penguins and dolphins. At the end the visit, no rush to return to the ship. Passengers will take their time to enjoy the town and return by shuttle bus departing every 30 minutes from the Aquarium drop on. Please note: this tour is only for guests in transit in Genoa port. No guided visit inside the Aquarium; only photos without a flash allowed during the visit. This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair and can be booked only during your cruise.
  • HISTORICAL CENTRE

    KULTUR OCH HISTORIA
    • Provsmakning inkluderad

    • Begränsat antal platser

    • Svårighetsgrad: Medel – Kan innehålla uppförsbackar, trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

      Svårighetsgrad
      Svårighetsgrad: Medel – Kan innehålla uppförsbackar, trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

    • Längd
      5 h

    • Frånpris för vuxenSEK379per person

    • Frånpris för barn 2-13 årSEK289per person

    GOA03T

    A short ferry transfer takes you to “Piazza Caricamento” for a pleasant walk through Genoa’s historic town centre. We will wander the charming narrow streets known as “carruggi” to reach “Piazza de Ferrari”, the commercial heart of Genoa, where we will admire “Palazzo Ducale” (external visit only). You will visit the “Cisterne del Ducale” where a light buffet made of “bruschetta” and “focaccia”, typical to Genoa, awaits you. Your tour will continue with external views of the Cathedral of San Lorenzo. Free time in the old port before returning to the port. Please note: this tour is only for guests in transit in Genoa port and is not suitable for those who use a wheelchair. This tour includes extensive periods of walking (approx. 2.5 hours) and the boat has no ramps or lifts.
  • BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE AQUARIUM

    NATURLIGA UNDERVERK
    • Att filma eller fotografera är inte tillåtet eller är underlagt avgift

    • Rullstols- och handikappvänlig utflykt - Rullstolsburna gäster måste ledsagas av sin egen assistent för att ta sig på och av bussen. Rullstolar måste vara hopfällbara eftersom bussen saknar lift eller rullstolsramp. Kontakta utflyktpersonalen vid Excursions Desk när du stigit ombord på fartyget så att de kan vidta nödvändiga åtgärder i förberedelserna inför utflykten.

    • Svårighetsgrad: Lätt – Kan innehålla ett mindre antal trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

      Svårighetsgrad
      Svårighetsgrad: Lätt – Kan innehålla ett mindre antal trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

    • Längd
      35 h

    • Frånpris för vuxenSEK289per person

    • Frånpris för barn 2-13 årSEK225per person

    GOA19T

    Leave the ship for a few hours and instead check yourself in to a thoroughly edutational and family-friendly outing for a behind-the-scenes look at Italy’s largest aquarium, the Acquario di Genova. Built to coincide with the Genoa Expo in 1992, which in turn commemorated the 500th anniversary of the New World being discovered by Columbus, the aquarium is home to a vast collection of marine wildlife. After a short ferry transfer to the old part of Genoa and the Acquario, you and your family can first enjoy an unguided visit of the various tanks that provide a habitat for tropical fish, sharks, natural coral, pSWEuins and dolphins. At a prearranged time, you’ll then proceed on an expertly guided “behind-the-scenes” tour of the facility, during which you’ll get to see the on-site laboratories, maintenance and plankton farming activities as well as how the animals are cared for and reared. And among the tank backstage areas, highlights include the jellyfish and dolphin enclosures. Your time at the Expo site wraps up with a little more time to explore on your own before the coach returns you to the ship. Please note: this tour is only for guests in transit in Genoa port. No guided visit inside the Aquarium except for the behind the scenes part; only cameras without a flash allowed. The Aquarium is wheelchair-friendly; guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the ferry and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since ferries have neither a ramp SWE a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
  • GENOA PASWEAMIC TOUR

    NATURSKÖNA VÄGAR
    • Begränsat antal platser

    • Svårighetsgrad: Lätt – Kan innehålla ett mindre antal trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

      Svårighetsgrad
      Svårighetsgrad: Lätt – Kan innehålla ett mindre antal trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

    • Längd
      3:15 h

    • Frånpris för vuxenSEK315per person

    • Frånpris för barn 2-13 årSEK225per person

    GOA18T

    Thanks to its illustrious past and collection of ornate buildings, Genoa also goes by the name of “La Superba” – Italian for “The Proud One” – and it is this civic beauty you’ll be exploring on this leisurely sightseeing tour. Your guided coach tour begins at the port and takes you past such historical buildings as Columbus’ birthplace and the 13th-century Palazzo San Giorgio, then continues down the seafront Corso Italia to reach the picturesque Boccadasse district. You’ll have some free time to spend in this pretty harbour, flanked by the colourful houses of the resident fishing folk. When you move on again, you’ll pass through the residential neighbourhood of Albaro and catch glimpses of Piazza Tommaseo and Piazza Vittoria as you head for the historical Piazza de Ferrari, Genoa’s main square. Another break is scheduled here for you to explore on your own, with possible areas of interest being the old town and San Lorenzo Cathedral or a look at the Palazzo Ducale, the Doge’s Palace. Last up on the itinerary is a drive up Castelletto Hill for splendid views from the observation deck, a perfect spot to take some photos. Please note: this tour is only for guests in transit in Genoa port and is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.
  • PORTOFINO

    NATURSKÖNA VÄGAR
    • Begränsat antal platser

    • Svårighetsgrad: Medel – Kan innehålla uppförsbackar, trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

      Svårighetsgrad
      Svårighetsgrad: Medel – Kan innehålla uppförsbackar, trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

    • Längd
      4:30 h

    • Frånpris för vuxenSEK559per person

    • Frånpris för barn 2-13 årSEK405per person

    GOA10T

    Thanks to its mild climate, charming old fishing ports and beautiful countryside, the Italian Riviera has been a popular holiday destination since Byron and Shelley’s day. This tour gives you a chance to enjoy a lush section of this famous coastline during your 1.5 scenic cruise that takes you to Portofino. You will have plenty of time to explore this delightful seaside town at your leisure, to take photos, visit the seafront or simply to relax in one of the many chic seafront cafés. Your return journey to Genoa. Please note: this tour is available from May calls through all September and is only for guests in transit in Genoa port. Weather conditions will dictate if the tour is feasible, so please have the tour reconfirmed during your cruise. Should bad weather prevail, you will perform the tour with program of tour code GOA01T. A coach will take you from Genoa to Santa Margherita Ligure where you will embark on a boat or a minibus to Portofino and vice versa. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.
  • GENOA & PALAZZO DEL PRINCIPE

    NÅGOT SPECIELLT
    • Begränsat antal platser

    • Svårighetsgrad: Medel – Kan innehålla uppförsbackar, trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

      Svårighetsgrad
      Svårighetsgrad: Medel – Kan innehålla uppförsbackar, trappsteg, ojämna ytor och/eller längre perioder där man måste stå upp

    • Längd
      4 h

    • Frånpris för vuxenSEK405per person

    • Frånpris för barn 2-13 årSEK289per person

    GOA16T

    Just a few hours of your time is all it takes to get the best of Genoa, beginning with a short walk from the port to your first stop: the truly resplendent 16th-century Palazzo del Principe. You will have a chance to explore the historical building with its frescoes, tapestries, artwork by old masters and other hidden treasures during the guided visit. A private coach will then whisk you off on a non-stop drive around Genoa, taking in such sights as the port district, Genoa’s famed aquarium, the Fiera del Mare indoor arena and the expo complex. After passing through Albaro, a district once favoured by the aristocracy, you will move on to the city centre. Look forward to views of the monuments on Victoria Square, the lawns displaying Columbus’ caravels in flowers, the main Via XX Settembre and bridge, Piazza de Ferrari and Columbus’ House and proceed to Piazza Caricamento. Time to stretch your legs follows during a short walk with outside views of the Doges’ Palace, St. Lawrence’s Cathedral and St. George’s Palace to enjoy. After some free time, the tour ends with a short boat trip back to the ship. Please note: this tour is only for guests in transit in Genoa port and is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.

Utflyktsprogram och rutter kan ändras beroende på lokala förhållanden och/eller oförutsedda händelser med hänsyn till tidpunkten för utflykten. Information om utflykterna uppdateras löpande på webbsidan men vi reserverar oss för ändringar i programmen. Detaljerat program finns alltid att tillgå på fartyget. Vissa utflykter är mycket populära och därför kan tillgängligheten inte alltid garanteras. Observera att vi endast garanterar engelskspråkig guide. Guidade turer på andra språk än engelska beror på vilka guider som finns tillgängliga. Information om tillgängliga språk för guidade turer kommer att bekräftas ombord under kryssningen. Du rekommenderas att boka din utflykt i förväg. Barnpriser på utflykter gäller för barn upp till 13 år.

REACH THE PORT

Port of Genoa

This section contains information on how to reach the port.

Cruise Terminal:

Ponte dei Mille/Andrea Doria, Palazzo SanGiogio, Via della Mercanzia 2, Genoa, 16123 Italy

Reach the port by

  • Car

    From the A10 (Autostrada dei Fiori), A7 (Milan-Genoa) and A26 (Alessandria-Genoa) motorways, take the Genoa Ovest exit. 
    Then follow the signs marked Genoa Port.
    Car

    Parking Information

    GARAGE PONTE DEI MILLE
    Tel. +39 0102462613
    E-mail: info@garagepontedeimille.it
    • Uncovered/Covered parking
    • Valet service
    • Reach the luggage drop off zone of the cruise terminal and the staff of the parking will take care of your car.
    Book your parking with MSC

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    VEHICLE DAYS RATES
    Car 4 € 50,00
    Car 5 € 60,00
    Car 6 € 70,00
    Car 8 € 90,00
    Car 10 € 110,00
    Car 12 € 130,00
    Car 13 € 140,00
    Minivan 4 € 60,00
    Minivan 5 € 75,00
    Minivan 6 € 90,00
    Minivan 8 € 120,00
    Minivan 10 € 150,00
    Minivan 12 € 180,00
    Minivan 13 € 195,00
  • Train

    Genoa Piazza Principe station is about 1 kilometre from the Port. 
    You can reach the Port by taxi (2 minutes depending on traffic).
    Genoa Brignole railway station is about 4 km from the Port and you can reach it by bus or taxi.
    Train
  • Plane

    Cristoforo Colombo airport is about 10 kilometres from the Port.
    It is served by taxi and by bus.
    The bus will take you straight to Genova Porta Principe railway station.
    Plane

Italy

History, gastronomy and fashion
History, gastronomy and fashion

A cruise to Italy is an emotional roller coaster. Rome is a tremendous city quite unlike any other, and in terms of historical sights outstrips everywhere else in the country by some way.
 
Liguria, the small coastal province along the north-west coast, has long been known as the “Italian Riviera” and is accordingly crowded with sun-seekers for much of the summer.
In Veneto the main focus of interest is, of course, Venice: a unique city, and every bit as beautiful as its reputation would suggest. Tuscany in central Italy represents perhaps the most commonly perceived image of the country, with its classic rolling countryside and the art-packed towns of Florence and Pisa.

The south proper begins with the region of Campania. Its capital, Naples, is a unique, unforgettable city, the spiritual heart of the Italian south. Puglia, the “heel” of Italy, has underrated pleasures, too, notably the landscape of its Gargano peninsula and the souk-like qualities of its capital, Bari.

As for Sicily, the island is really a place apart, with a wide mixture of attractions ranging from some of the finest preserved Hellenistic treasures in Europe, to a couple of Italy’s most appealing Mediterranean beach resorts in Taormina and Cefalù, not to mention some gorgeous upland scenery.