7 Night Greek Isles Cruise on Explorer of the Seas from Venice, Ravenna, Italy Athens (Piraeus), Greece, View of city and Acropolis
The 7 Night Greek Isles Cruise from Venice, Ravenna, Italy visits Kotor, Montenegro; Corfu, Greece; Athens (Piraeus), Greece; Mykonos, Greece; Argostoli, Greece; Venice (Ravenna), Italy. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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7 Night Greek Isles Cruise
Itinerary Overview
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Day 1 - Venice (Ravenna), Italy
Day 2 - Kotor, Montenegro
Day 3 - Corfu, Greece
Day 4 - Athens (Piraeus), Greece
Day 5 - Mykonos, Greece
Day 6 - Argostoli, Greece
Day 7 - Cruising
Day 8 - Venice (Ravenna), Italy
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Athens (Piraeus), Greece, View of city and Acropolis
View of Athens with the Acropolis in the background
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7 Night Greek Isles Cruise

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Venice (Ravenna), Italy
Onboard
Explorer of the Seas
Day Port
1
Venice (Ravenna), Italy
Departs at 5:00 PM
2
Kotor, Montenegro
Tendered from 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
3
Corfu, Greece
From 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
4
Athens (Piraeus), Greece
From 11:59 AM - 8:00 PM
5
Mykonos, Greece
Tendered from 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
6
Argostoli, Greece
From 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
7
Cruising
Day at sea
8
Venice (Ravenna), Italy
Arrives at 6:00 AM
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Explorer of the Seas
This is not your average vacation. This is adventure in a bold new light — on the fleet-favorite Explorer of the Seas®. Soak up the sunshine and chill vibes at the adults-only Solarium. Indulge in authentic Tuscan cuisine at Giovanni’s Table. Then catch a jaw-dropping original production in the Main Theater, or dance the night away at Club Twenty. On this ship, there’s no wrong way to vacay.

ADVENTURE ON EVERY DECK

When you're not exploring unforgettable ports, you'll find plenty of thrills on deck. Scale the Rock Climbing Wall and try not to wipe out on the FlowRider® surf simulator. Or engage in a little friendly competition on the mini-golf course, before taking your adventure onto the ice skating rink.

FLAVORFUL FAVES

Say "Konnichiwa" to fresh-rolled sushi at Izumi, or "Buongiorno" to authentic Italian eats at Giovanni's Table. If it's prime meat you're craving, head to Chops Grille℠ for steakhouse offerings that are a cut above the rest. And for the ultimate sweet treat, order up a classic milkshake at Johnny Rockets®.

FLASHBACK FUN & DARING DANCE MOVES

Cap off each date night with an incredible show at the Main Theater, followed by a round of your favorite ice-cold brews, moonlight and island vibes poolside, and late-night dancing.

Day 1: Venice, Italy

Day 1
Venice
Ravenna, Italy
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Ravenna, Emilia Romagna, Italy: the ancient Basilica of San Vitale
Ravenna, Emilia Romagna, Italy: the ancient Basilica of San Vitale
Things to do in
Venice
Departs at 5:00 PM
Discover enchanting Ravenna, home of some of Italy’s most captivating hidden gems including breathtaking architecture and 8 UNESCO World Heritage sites. From early Christian mosaics to majestic churches and impressive palaces, this charming seaside port is a haven for lovers of art and architecture. What’s more, Ravenna has a surprisingly rich history — it served as the capital of the Western Roman Empire for three hundred years and became a thriving hub for talented craftsmen, artists and master masons. Dedicate a couple of days to getting to know Ravenna before or after your cruise. Plus, Venice is just over two hours away by car, putting one of Italy’s star destinations well within reach. Once there, you can wander iconic cultural treasures like St. Mark’s Basilica or the Campanile — and of course no visit is complete without a gondola ride beneath the Rialto Bridge. Or take a quick one-hour car ride to Bologna and eat your way around the Mercato Delle Erbe or climb Asinelli Tower to catch amazing views of the terracotta-roof city. Cruising from Ravenna gives you the chance to go off the beaten path while also visiting Venice’s famous canals and Bologna’s enchanting streets.
Italy Ravenna Classe Basilica interior
Italy Ravenna Classe Basilica interior

MAKE YOUR OWN MOSAICS

Feeling inspired by the city’s majestic mosaics? Take a workshop at KOKO Mosaico. The local studio offers classes of all levels where you can learn how make your own pieces. Whether you decide to gift your very own mosaic masterpiece or keep it as souvenir, this will be an experience you’ll love to pieces.
Insider tip
Keep in mind that you’ll need to have your shoulders and knees covered to enter religious sites in Ravenna.
Italy Ravenna Classe Basilica interior
Italy Ravenna Classe Basilica interior

DANTE’S TOMB BATTLE

Visit the tomb of famous Italian poet, Dante Alighieri — best known for writing The Divine Comedy. The poet was excommunicated from Florence for his controversial works and fled to Ravenna where he died in 1321. Ironically, centuries later, Florence fought for his remains to be sent back to his birthplace, but Ravenna refused to release them.
Insider tip
The Basilica of Sant’Apollinare opens daily in the morning, except for Sundays and religious holidays when doors open in the afternoon.
Famous town square Piazza del Popolo with historic Palazzetto Veneziano in the historic city center of Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Famous town square Piazza del Popolo with historic Palazzetto Veneziano in the historic city center of Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

BE THERE. BE SQUARE

Located in the heart of the historic district, Piazza del Popolo is one Ravenna’s most lively squares. Take in the surrounding architectural marvels while dining al fresco in one of its many picturesque outdoor restaurants. Be sure to take a stroll to the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare — within walking distance from the square.
Insider tip
For a truly unique site, visit the sunken crypt found at the Basilica de San Pietro Maggiore with a submerged mosaic floor and fish.
Appetizing piadina stuffed for sale in the restaurant in central Italy
Appetizing piadina stuffed for sale in the restaurant in central Italy

Local Cuisine

When it comes to food, you can’t leave Ravenna without trying Piadina. The local staple is a delicious flatbread folded in half and stuffed with with salami, cheese and vegetables perfect for lunch or dinner.
Mercato Coperto, a market in Ravenna - Italy
Mercato Coperto, a market in Ravenna - Italy

Shopping

To find the best local produce, head to il Mercato Coperto. There you’ll find the freshest flowers, fruits and vegetables, fish, meat, and home-related products — all sold by merchants from the region.

Day 2: Kotor, Montenegro

Day 2
Kotor
Montenegro
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Kotor, Montenegro, View of City
View of the city of Kotor, Montenegro
Things to do in
Kotor
Tendered from 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Looking at a map of Europe, you might be forgiven for missing Kotor — a tiny port in the already-tiny country of Montenegro. But from the moment your Kotor cruise docks, you'll enter a larger-than-life world of mighty forts and towering sea cliffs, the air filled with the refreshing smell of the ocean. With a Montenegro cruise, you can explore the attractions inside Kotor's fortified Old City, one of the Mediterranean's best-preserved medieval towns. Don't miss the Cathedral of St. Tryphon, an ornate church first consecrated in 1166. Then, scale St. John's Fortress — the hilltop fortifications, dating back to the 6th century, offer the best views of the city, the harbor and the surrounding mountains.
Kotor, Montenegro, Saint Nicholas Church
Saint Nicholas Church in Kotor, Montenegro

Old-Town Exploration

After entering through the Sea Gate, which dates back to 1555, discover all the attractions inside Kotor's compact Old Town. Say your prayers at the 11th-century St. Tryphon's Cathedral or in front of St. Nicolas Church, one of Kotor's best examples of Orthodox architecture. Alternatively, learn about the long history of seafaring in this important port at the Maritime Museum, which is housed within a Baroque-era palace.
Insider tip
The stone paths of Kotor's Old Town are well-worn — and slick. If you're wearing flip-flops, walk slowly and firmly so that you don't fall.
Kotor, Montenegro, Aerial View
Aerial view of Kotor, Montenegro

Fort Hike

Want to get your blood pumping? Hike up the Fortifications of Kotor, a serpentine wall and UNESCO World Heritage site that protected Kotor during its violent past. Reaching the top, which not only affords you a panorama of Kotor Bay but also the iconic Church of Our Lady of Health, takes about an hour if you hike at a moderate pace. Follow signs throughout the Old Town to find the trail head, or simply ask a friendly local.
Insider tip
Head to the side streets off the main square for more local, less tourist-driven spots to eat and shop.<
Kotor, Montenegro, Coastal buildings
Coastal buildings in Kotor, Montenegro

Gain Another Perspective

Want to enjoy a great view of Kotor and not get winded? Take a taxi or public bus across the bay to Prcanj, where you can see Kotor (and the fortifications rising above it) from across Kotor Bay with your Montenegro cruise. If the water is calm, you'll notice in its reflection that the Fortifications of Kotor form a heart shape — that should make for a worthy photo.
Kotor, Montenegro, Black Rissoto
Black rissoto with squid served in a white bowl

Local Cuisine

Not surprisingly, seafood is the star of the culinary show in Kotor. Head to the Old Town to enjoy Montenegrin dishes like octopus salad or mussels stew. Or seek out the local favorite "black risotto," named for the color it takes from the ink of the cuttlefish that flavors the dish.
Kotor, Montenegro, Ceramic Souvenirs
Various ceramic souvenirs for sale in Kotor, Montenegro

Shopping

Shop a quirkier take on traditional Kotor souvenirs with a visit to Cats of Kotor, which features cat-themed Montenegro keepsakes. Cruise to Montenegro and stop in at Efesya Souvenir, where you can explore handmade ceramics, jewelry, lighting fixtures and textiles made by artisans from in and around Kotor.

Day 3: Corfu, Greece

Day 3
Corfu
Greece
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Corfu, Greece Beach Boats
The sun beginning to set on the beach of Palaiokastritsa in Corfu, Greece
Things to do in
Corfu
From 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Perched above the Adriatic Sea, Corfu, Greece is the second largest Ionian island, and its size is rivaled by its tremendous history and dynamic cultural identity. Cruise to Corfu and walk through the narrow streets of Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and marvel at the Italianate architecture left from centuries of Venetian rule. A number of scenes from the James Bond film "For Your Eyes Only" were filmed in the capital city of Corfu, and you'll understand why when you see the epic coastal roads and immense fortresses buttressing the town. With its rich combination of old fishing villages and immaculate beaches, Corfu is the perfect place to get lost in time during your vacation.
Corfu, Greece Frederick Adam Statue
Statue of general Frederick Adam, in front of the Museum of Asian Art in Corfu, Greece

Palace Paintings

One of the most popular attractions on Corfu, the Asian Art Museum is the only museum in Greece dedicated solely to Asian art. With 15,000 pieces in the collection, you'll be amazed by Japanese antiquities, Buddhist sculpture, Chinese pottery and so much more. The museum itself is a work of art too, and is found in the Palace of Saint Michael and Saint George, a grand structure dating back to the early 1800s.
Insider tip
Explore one of the many old churches — there are 37 within easy reach — such as the Saint Spyridon Church.
Corfu, Greece Palaiokastritsa Beach
View of Palaiokastritsa Beach with beautiful flowers and blue sea water on Corfu, Greece

Soothing Sea-nery

Paleokastritsa offers a spectacular combination of beaches, cliffs, orchards, olive groves and even the historic Theotokou Monastery, so you can pack a lot into a visit here. The village lies about 30 minutes from Corfu town and can be reached by bus, bike or taxi. The beaches alone rank among the best in Greece and there are plenty of eateries offering traditional Greek seafood dishes. So if you've never tried octopus, you have to try it during your Corfu cruise vacation.
Insider tip
With more than four million olive trees on the island, be sure to try not only the variety of olives but also the olive oil.
Corfu, Greece Achillion Palace
Statues in front of the pillars of the Achillion Palace in Corfu, Greece

Live Like Gods

Achillion Palace was built in 1890 for a former Austrian Empress, and was later home to Germany's last Emperor, Wilhelm II. Today you'll find evidence of the empress's love for Greek culture, including statues of famous Greek mythological figures such as Zeus, Achilles and Hera. You can also find frescoes and artwork that have been fully restored. Landscaped gardens and sweeping views of the city will take your breath away.
Insider tip
Aqualand is considered one of the best water parks in Europe, and features plenty of slides and tunnels as well as cafes, bars and massage areas.
Corfu, Greece Grilled Octopus
Grilled octopus served with white wine and lemons, on a restaurant in Corfu, Greece

Local Cuisine

Corfu's history — and thus its cuisine — is comprised of many different cultures. One of the greatest influences is Venice, and you won't want to miss Venetian specialties such as sliced veal with vinegar and garlic, various types of fish stew, grilled octopus and plentiful seafood. The fact that you'll be enjoying these dishes while gazing at the sea or strolling in a charming town square makes the dining experience truly magical.
Corfu, Greece Traditional Ceramic
Traditional Greek ceramic pottery with blue floral decorations, on a shop in Corfu, Greece

Shopping

Old Town offers plenty of shopping, including everything from housewares and modern fashion to souvenirs that suit any wallet. If you want something unique to the area, search for ceramic bowls, pitchers, plates and various other items, which are often decorated with designs specific to the island.

Day 4: Athens, Greece

Day 4
Athens
Piraeus, Greece
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Athens (Piraeus), Greece, Acropolis and Pathenon
View of the Parthenon atop the Acropolis in Athens, Greece
Things to do in
Athens
From 11:59 AM - 8:00 PM
Athens offers a looking glass back in time into Greece's powerful ancient civilization. Art lovers, epicureans and history buffs will be delighted by the ancient ruins, museums and tavernas of this picturesque town. Just 10 minutes from the port, you'll find the Archaeological Museum of Piraeus, filled with sculptures from the Bronze Age to the Romans. Walk to the Zea Harbour to discover how the Hellenic Maritime Museum will bring to life the grandeur of ancient Greece's naval capacities. Jump onboard an Athens cruise and relax at the small harbor of Mikrolimano, enjoying a meal of grilled octopus and chilled white wine at a small restaurant overlooking the sea.
Athens (Piraeus), Greece, Agia Triada Church
The Agia Triada church in Greece

Take Me to Church

The Agia Triada is one of the finest examples of Byzantine-style churches in Greece. The Church of St. Nicholas, which overlooks the port, has a magnificent interior filled with orthodox icons, frescoes and sculptures.
Insider tip
The yellow trolley bus (number 20) will take you from the port to Passalimani, going through Castella and ending at the Metro station.
Athens (Piraeus), Greece, Mikrolimano Harbour
Mikrolimano harbour in Greece

Mediterranean Romance

Part of the Castella district, Mikrolimano is the smallest and most picturesque port of Athens, making it perfect for a romantic afternoon. Take a leisurely stroll along the promenade to take in the amazing views, then settle in a cafe or taverna for some fresh seafood or a refreshing drink with your cruise to Athens.
Insider tip
Traffic can be chaotic, so be cautious at all times.
Athens (Piraeus), Greece. Decorative Vases
Various decorative Greek vases

Boats and the Bronze Age

The Naval Museum has exhibits that present ship building from ancient times to the present day. You will be fascinated by the Neosoikoi, the archaeological remains of the ship sheds where local craftsmen maintained and repaired the boats. Art lovers will have plenty to see at the Piraeus Archaeological Museum, from Bronze Age sculptures to classical Hellenistic pottery.
Athens (Piraeus), Greece, Grilled Octopus
Grilled octopus on a white plate with a lemon on the side

Local Cuisine

Try the local dishes prepared with sun-ripened tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers and fresh seafood like mussels and grilled octopus. Look for trovolia, a typical fresh cheese to savor with marinated olives. Ask for recommendations on local wines — the most common white is lively, floral and aromatic Moschofilero, while the red of choice is Xinomavro, an indigenous grape with a bold, complex flavor.
Athens (Piraeus), Greece, Greek Souvenirs
An assortment of Greek souvenirs such as helmets and sculptures

Shopping

You may want to bring back home some of the typical liquors such as the anise-flavored Ouzo or the strong Tsipouro. Greek olives, spices and capers can be vacuumed-packed, making for convenient souvenirs. Look for locally made leather sandals, pottery and hand-painted ceramics. You'll find most shops in the Psyri district, not far from the Acropolis during your Athens cruise.

Day 5: Mykonos, Greece

Day 5
Mykonos
Greece
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Mykonos, Greece Seaside Tavern
Chairs with tables in typical Greek tavern in Mykonos, Greece
Things to do in
Mykonos
Tendered from 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Nestled in the heart of Greece’s Cyclades archipelago, Mykonos pulses with irrepressible energy. With its powder white houses, sparkling blue waters, and red-hot nightlife, The Island of the Winds is as colorful as the people who call the island home. You can walk narrow marble pathways laced with purple bougainvillea blooms, or go cycling on two wheels past off-the-path Ano Mera village. Explore Greece’s maritime history at Armenistis Lighthouse, and check out the Folklore Museum’s Mykonian ship models. Join in the raucous beach party on Super Paradise’s shimmering sands, or watch the sun burn out beyond an Aegean horizon from an open-air seaside taverna.
Mykonos, Greece Panagia Paraportiani
A beautiful old white chapel, the Panagia Paraportiani Church, in Mykonos, Greece

COASTAL COSMOPOLITAN

Mykonos’ main town of Hora is a mixture of classic Cycladic architecture and buzzing street culture. Admire the stark-white Panagia Paraportiani chapel and meet the town’s famous pelican Pétros. See the island’s trademark 16th-century windmills spinning high above the port. Then explore the strip of medieval houses and waterfront cafés in Little Venice.
Insider tip
Hop on one of the many seawater-taxi services around the island for transport to the beaches.
Mykonos, Greece Agios Stefanos Beach
Agios Stefanos Beach in Mykonos, Greece

INTO THE BLUE

The multihued waters surrounding Mykonos are perfect for surfing and scuba diving, while prevailing winds invite sailing and windsurfing. Get your fill of aquatic thrills, then hit the beach— Psaroú for family fun, Agrari for seaside serenity, Paradise for epic beach parties, or Elia for a blend of all three.
Insider tip
With frequent openings and closings, listen to locals and other travelers to find the island’s best restaurants.
Mykonos, Greece Isis Temple Delos
The Temple of Isis in archaeological site of Delos island, Mykonos, Greece

DIG UP THE PAST

Enjoy a short boat trip to the island of Delos, a sacred Greek archeological site and the mythological birthplace of twin gods Apollo and Artemis. Comb the crumbling ruins of its ancient theater, Doric temples, markets, and mosaic-laced houses— plus the Terrace of Lions statues and amphitheater.
Mykonos, Greece Greek Salad
Greek salad and olive oil on sunny seaside restaurant in Mykonos, Greece

LOCAL CUISINE

Some of the Mediterranean’s most delectable restaurants are found on Mykonos. Its trademark kopanisti (peppered cheese) is a must-try, while you can’t go wrong with classic kremmydopita (onion pie). Enjoy fresh seafood by the sea— or a glass of sweet Heliophilos wine in a beach bar. Then for dessert go for amygdalota (almond cookies) or melopita (honey cake).
Mykonos, Greece Souvenirs
Souvenirs hanging on a wall outside a shop, Mykonos, Greece

SHOPPING

Hora is a hub for top designer fashions, including the world-famous Soho-Soho clothing boutique. Family-owned and operated Greek Light sells handmade jewelry with Greece’s traditional maiandros symbol. And don’t leave Mykonos without buying a pair of house-designed sandals or hand-loomed weavings— scarves, rugs or tablecloths.

Day 6: Argostoli, Greece

Day 6
Argostoli
Greece
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Argostoli, Greece Myrtos Beach
Aerial view of Myrtos beach on a sunny day in Argostoli, Greece
Things to do in
Argostoli
From 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
The Ionian island of Cephalonia in postcards portrays idyllic beaches, forest-clad mountains and crystal clear waters. But adventure in its capital city of Argostoli is much more than meets the eye. This small town comes full of friendly locals— and visitors quickly fall for its traditional Greek lifestyle and spectacular natural attractions, like the Koutavos Lagoon’s nature preserve. Stroll along De Bosset Bridge, where endangered sea turtles swim out to sea. Admire Vallianos Square’s grand bell tower and taste Robola wine in a local vineyard. Rumble in a Jeep to the summit of Mount Ainos, or experience the thrill of coasteering down rock faces dangling over the Ionian Sea.
Argostoli, Greece Koutavos Lagoon
Fishing boats anchoring by Koutavos Lagoon in Argostoli, Greece

ADVENTURE NEST EGG

Explore Koutavos Lagoon, a shallow-water salt marsh and breeding site for loggerhead sea turtles. Take a stroll or a bicycle ride around the lagoon’s paved pathways. Rent an electric boat or splash along in a pedal boat. See the feeding grounds of aquatic birds— and keep your eyes peeled for swimming turtles.
Insider tip
Be sure to settle your fare before riding in a taxi, as many drivers don’t use their meters.
Argostoli, Greece Melissani Lake
Tourist boat on the lake in Melissani Cave in Argostoli, Greece

NATURE ON DISPLAY

Get a first-hand look at Cephalonia’s swallow holes, where seawater flows under the island. Row a boat into underground Melissani Lake to see its magnificent shafts of sunlight. Then enter nearby Drogarati Cave, a large network of underground chambers known for its breathtaking stalactites and stalagmites.
Insider tip
The KTEL bus is a great option for traveling to the island’s most remote beaches and villages.
Argostoli, Greece Myrtos Beach Sunset
Sunset at famous Myrtos beach in Argostoli, Greece

WISH YOU WERE HERE

Bask in the postcard-perfect beaches of Cephalonia, complete with warm, impossibly blue waters and shimmering golden sands. Sunbathe beside Myrtos’ sky-high limestone cliffs. Relax in the beach bars lining Makry Gialos. Enjoy thrilling watersports from Lassi’s popular shoreline— or dine on fresh Ionian seafood in a restaurant overlooking Avithos Beach.
Argostoli, Greece Kefaloniani Meat Pie
Traditional Kefalonian meat pie from a restaurant in Argostoli, Greece

LOCAL CUISINE

Many recipes in Argostoli have been passed down through generations via family cookbooks. The rich Cephalonian meat pie is a must-try— or savor classics like stifado (beef stew), moussaka (eggplant casserole) and exohiko (lamb-stuffed phyllo pockets). Fresh octopus and squid are abundant in the surrounding waters, while wineries outside of town are known for their dry white Robola and sweet Mavrodaphne dessert wine.
Argostoli, Greece Wine
Wine bottles arranged on the wall of a shop in Argostoli, Greece

SHOPPING

Lithostroto, in the heart of Argostoli, is lined with stylish boutiques and kitschy souvenir shops. Garbis and Tzannatos are both family-owned jewelry stores, while several local retailers sell one-of-a-kind ceramics. For tasty souvenirs, buy local golden honey, olive oil, white Robola wine or red Calliga cava.

Day 7: Cruising

Day 7
Cruising
At Sea
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Girls Diving in the Pool
Girls Diving and Swimming in the Covered Pool
PLAY ANY WAY YOU LIKE
Parents Skating with their Daughter
Family Enjoying the Onboard Ice Skating Rink

Ice Skating

Whether you’re a beginner or you’ve got moves like the Great One, you’ll have a great time every time at the ice skating rink.
Scuba Certification Padi Diving Underwater Around a School of Fish
Scuba Certification Padi Diving Underwater with a School of Fish

Scuba Certification

Gear up and get certified at sea during an underwater adventure lead by certified PADI® instructors.
Navigator of the Seas Adventure Ocean
Girl Playing with Dolls at Adventure Ocean

Adventure Ocean®

“Are we there yet?” is a thing of the past. We keep every kid entertained with games, events, age-appropriate activities and more in our award-winning youth program.
Vitality Spa Manicure Teen Nails
Vitality Spa Manicure Teen Nails

Spa & Fitness Center

A luxurious sanctuary offering signature treatments, medi-spa services, and a full-service salon to make you glow from the inside out. Browse our spa menu for pricing.

Day 8: Venice, Italy

Day 8
Venice
Ravenna, Italy
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Ravenna, Emilia Romagna, Italy: the ancient Basilica of San Vitale
Ravenna, Emilia Romagna, Italy: the ancient Basilica of San Vitale
Things to do in
Venice
Arrives at 6:00 AM
Discover enchanting Ravenna, home of some of Italy’s most captivating hidden gems including breathtaking architecture and 8 UNESCO World Heritage sites. From early Christian mosaics to majestic churches and impressive palaces, this charming seaside port is a haven for lovers of art and architecture. What’s more, Ravenna has a surprisingly rich history — it served as the capital of the Western Roman Empire for three hundred years and became a thriving hub for talented craftsmen, artists and master masons. Dedicate a couple of days to getting to know Ravenna before or after your cruise. Plus, Venice is just over two hours away by car, putting one of Italy’s star destinations well within reach. Once there, you can wander iconic cultural treasures like St. Mark’s Basilica or the Campanile — and of course no visit is complete without a gondola ride beneath the Rialto Bridge. Or take a quick one-hour car ride to Bologna and eat your way around the Mercato Delle Erbe or climb Asinelli Tower to catch amazing views of the terracotta-roof city. Cruising from Ravenna gives you the chance to go off the beaten path while also visiting Venice’s famous canals and Bologna’s enchanting streets.
Italy Ravenna Classe Basilica interior
Italy Ravenna Classe Basilica interior

MAKE YOUR OWN MOSAICS

Feeling inspired by the city’s majestic mosaics? Take a workshop at KOKO Mosaico. The local studio offers classes of all levels where you can learn how make your own pieces. Whether you decide to gift your very own mosaic masterpiece or keep it as souvenir, this will be an experience you’ll love to pieces.
Insider tip
Keep in mind that you’ll need to have your shoulders and knees covered to enter religious sites in Ravenna.
Italy Ravenna Classe Basilica interior
Italy Ravenna Classe Basilica interior

DANTE’S TOMB BATTLE

Visit the tomb of famous Italian poet, Dante Alighieri — best known for writing The Divine Comedy. The poet was excommunicated from Florence for his controversial works and fled to Ravenna where he died in 1321. Ironically, centuries later, Florence fought for his remains to be sent back to his birthplace, but Ravenna refused to release them.
Insider tip
The Basilica of Sant’Apollinare opens daily in the morning, except for Sundays and religious holidays when doors open in the afternoon.
Famous town square Piazza del Popolo with historic Palazzetto Veneziano in the historic city center of Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Famous town square Piazza del Popolo with historic Palazzetto Veneziano in the historic city center of Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

BE THERE. BE SQUARE

Located in the heart of the historic district, Piazza del Popolo is one Ravenna’s most lively squares. Take in the surrounding architectural marvels while dining al fresco in one of its many picturesque outdoor restaurants. Be sure to take a stroll to the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare — within walking distance from the square.
Insider tip
For a truly unique site, visit the sunken crypt found at the Basilica de San Pietro Maggiore with a submerged mosaic floor and fish.
Appetizing piadina stuffed for sale in the restaurant in central Italy
Appetizing piadina stuffed for sale in the restaurant in central Italy

Local Cuisine

When it comes to food, you can’t leave Ravenna without trying Piadina. The local staple is a delicious flatbread folded in half and stuffed with with salami, cheese and vegetables perfect for lunch or dinner.
Mercato Coperto, a market in Ravenna - Italy
Mercato Coperto, a market in Ravenna - Italy

Shopping

To find the best local produce, head to il Mercato Coperto. There you’ll find the freshest flowers, fruits and vegetables, fish, meat, and home-related products — all sold by merchants from the region.

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