6 Night Greece & Croatia Cruise on Rhapsody of the Seas from Venice, Ravenna, Italy Katakolon, Greece, Ancient Pilar Ruins
The 6 Night Greece & Croatia Cruise from Venice, Ravenna, Italy visits Split, Croatia; Athens (Piraeus), Greece; Olympia (Katakolon), 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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6 Night Greece & Croatia Cruise
Itinerary Overview
Explore Rhapsody of the Seas
Day 1 - Venice (Ravenna), Italy
Day 2 - Split, Croatia
Day 3 - Cruising
Day 4 - Athens (Piraeus), Greece
Day 5 - Olympia (Katakolon), Greece
Day 6 - Cruising
Day 7 - Venice (Ravenna), Italy
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Katakolon, Greece, Ancient Pilar Ruins
Multiple ruins of ancient Greek pillars in Olympia
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Leaving from
Venice (Ravenna), Italy
Onboard
Rhapsody of the Seas
Day Port
1
Venice (Ravenna), Italy
Departs at 6:00 PM
2
Split, Croatia
From 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
3
Cruising
Day at sea
4
Athens (Piraeus), Greece
From 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
5
Olympia (Katakolon), Greece
From 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
6
Cruising
Day at sea
7
Venice (Ravenna), Italy
Arrives at 5:00 AM
*Port sequence may vary by sailing date.
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Your ship Rhapsody of the Seas

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Rhapsody of the Seas, Aerial View
Aerial View of Rhapsody of the Seas
Get to know
Rhapsody of the Seas
Soak up new views from the top of the Rock Climbing Wall. Learn skills from a seasoned chef in a culinary class. Or discover a new favourite red or white at Vintages. All on your most thrilling adventure yet.

SAY YES TO ADVENTURE

Discover new thrills onboard while sailing to shores like Croatia, Crete and Cozumel. Seize adventure at the Rock Climbing Wall. Catch a film under the stars. Rock the kitchen in a culinary class or break a sweat at Vitality℠ at Sea Spa and Fitness Centre. It's all here on Rhapsody of the Seas®.

HIGH FLYING FLAVOUR TRYING

From exotic Asian flavours at Izumi and reimagined steakhouse classics at Chops Grille℠, to traditional Tuscan dishes at Giovanni's Table, this is one flavour-fest you definitely want to try.

SENSATIONAL SHOWS

Ready to be dazzled? Piano Man revisits memory lane with classics on the keys. And throughout the ship, you'll find performances by onboard guest entertainers, like piano sing-alongs at the Schooner Bar.

Day 1: Venice, Italy

Day 1
Venice
Ravenna, Italy
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Italy Ravenna Venice Traditional City Skyline
Italy Ravenna Venice Traditional City Skyline
Things to do in
Venice
Departs at 6:00 PM
Nestled in the northeast corner of Italy and lapped by the bright blue waters of the Adriatic Sea, Venice is a marvel of history, art, culture and architecture. This iconic city has plenty of unforgettable sights and experiences to keep you coming back for years. Venice is the perfect place to visit when you cruise from the port of Ravenna, Italy. There’s the famous Grand Canal, lined with extravagant palaces and stately Gothic churches. Forgotten back alleys dotted with stunning statues carved centuries ago from marble. Museums that house awe-inspiring works by masters like Titian, Bellini and Tiepolo. And waterfront cafes that serve up frothy cappuccinos, crumbly biscotti and decadent tiramisu. The best way to get around the city? By gondola, of course.
Italy Ravenna Venice St Mark's Couple Strolling
Italy Ravenna Venice St Mark's Couple Strolling

PERUSE THE PALAZZO

One of the city’s best examples of Gothic architecture, the imposing Palazzo Ducale in Piazza San Marco was once the seat of the Venetian government and the Doge’s residence. Visit Venice and explore all of its hidden wonders — which include priceless sculptures and works of art — while learning about its rich history on a guided tour.
Insider tip
Venice’s streets, canals and alleyways don’t follow a grid pattern — make sure you bring a map or update your smart phone’s wayfinding app so you can easily navigate the city.
Italy Ravenna Venice St Mark's Basilica Dome
Italy Ravenna Venice St Mark's Basilica Dome

SO MUCH TO SEE AT ST. MARK’S

Arguably the most famous cathedral in Venice, St. Mark’s Basilica is a cultural and architectural masterpiece. This magnificent landmark dates back to the 11th century — and its history is made up of tales that seem straight out of an epic saga. Admission to the church is free, but join a tour if you want the full experience when your visit Venice with your cruise.
Insider tip
Check for public transport travel cards, which allow you to get around using city buses, ferries, and other forms of public transportation for a specified period of time.
Italy Venice Family Visiting Historic Palace
Italy Venice Family Visiting Historic Palace

ART WALK

Some call the Scuola Grande di San Rocco Venice’s version of Rome’s Sistine Chapel. The walls and ceiling of this stunning building were decorated by Rennaissance master Tintoretto, who spent more than two decades working on the project. You’ll also find over 60 pieces by iconic artists like Titian, Giorgione and Tiepolo.
Italy Ravenna Venice St Mark's Square Restaurant Local Cuisine Food
Italy Ravenna Venice St Mark's Square Restaurant Local Cuisine Food

Local Cuisine

From five-star restaurants serving elevated Italian fare, to cozy family-run bacari frequented by savvy locals, Venice’s food scene is as rich as its cultural landscape. Savor classic antipastos that spotlight fresh seafood, Venetian bigoli pasta tossed in salsa with anchovies, and tasty moleche — soft shell crabs from nearby lagoons fried and served with polenta.
Italy Ravenna Venice Local Masks Shopping
Italy Ravenna Venice Local Masks Shopping

Shopping

Ready for some retail therapy? Hit the area known as Le Mercerie for high-end brands and boutiques by trending Italian designers. Or visit San Samuele for your pick of local galleries, craft shops and stores well stocked with unique local finds, like beautiful linen, handmade jewelry and original knick-knacks.

Day 2: Split, Croatia

Day 2
Split
Croatia
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Split, Croatia Stone Street
Beautiful old stone street in Split, Croatia
Things to do in
Split
From 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Lying on the Adriatic Sea's eastern shore, Split is known for its terracotta roofs, whitewashed buildings, palm-tree-lined promenade and azure waters. Split has a long history, as it's home to Diocletian's Palace and the Cathedral of Saint Domnius, which were built for the Roman emperor in the 4th century. Always buzzing with tourists, Split balances its historic setting with a plethora of modern restaurants, bars and shops. Thanks to its Mediterranean climate, Split receives over 2,600 hours of sunshine every year. Jump onboard a Croatia cruise and take advantage of its sunny weather by exploring its beautiful beaches – most namely Bacvice and Kastelet Beaches – year-round.
Croatia Diocletian Palace Tour Close Up
Croatia Diocletian Palace Tour Close Up

Discover Diocletian's Palace

One of the world's most dominant Roman ruins, Diocletian's Palace (and its nearby cathedral) was constructed over 10 years in the mid-4th century. There are 220 buildings within its boundaries, which include homes, bars, hotels and cafes. The palace's cellar was used in season four of Game of Thrones, as Daenerys' Throne Room.
Insider tip
With Split's Mediterranean climate, always remember your sunscreen year-round.
Croatia Bacvice Beach Tourist Enjoying a Sunny Day
Bacvice Beach Tourist Enjoying a Sunny Day

Aim for the Adriatic

Split is home to both sandy and pebbly beaches, which have calm turquoise waters. Radisson Blu Resort manages Trstenik Beach, which has umbrellas and sun lounges. Bacvice is the most popular and central beach option. About a 20-minute walk from Split is Kastelet Beach and its beachfront bars, too.
Insider tip
A 10 per cent tip is expected when dining out in Split.
Split, Croatia Hvar Scenery
Colorful scenery of the mediterranean town of Hvar, near Split, Croatia

Island Hop

Although Split is beautiful, make the most of your time on the Croatian coast and visit one of its neighbours. Island spot on your breezy catamaran ride from Split to Hvar, which only takes one hour. On the island, bike along the Stari Grad Plain and visit Stari Grad and its historic buildings, including Tvrdalj Castle. Meanwhile, Brac Island is only 50 minutes from Split and is home to beautiful beaches, such as Punta Rata and Zlatni Rat.
Split, Croatia Nero Seafood Risotto
Nero, a seafood risotto, specialty dining dish with shrimp and scallops smothered in ink from squid, on a restaurant in Split, Croatia

Local Cuisine

Split's cuisine is a mix of Croatian and Italian specialities. Located in Diocletian Palace's western gate, Poseidon Restaurant serves fresh seafood such as octopus, fish and oysters, and black cuttlefish risotto, a traditional Croatian dish that's made with cuttlefish ink. Along the Riva visit Brasserie on 7, with its delicious platters of prawns, clams and tuna, as well as charcuterie and cheese.
Croatia Licitar Hearts
Hearts of Croatia Local Tradition

Shopping

A traditional Croatian souvenir is a licitar heart – a unique way to show someone you loved them in the 16th century. They're bright red and edible, but most people use them today as Christmas decorations. To remember your cruise to Split, Croatia, visit Break Time for unique nautical-themed bracelets.

Day 3: Cruising

Day 3
Cruising
At Sea
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Adventure Ocean Boy Playing inside Tunnel
Adventure Ocean Boy Playing inside Tunnel
PLAY ANY WAY YOU LIKE
Young Woman Climbing
Young Woman Climbing Up the Rock Wall

Rock Climbing Wall

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 12 metres (40 feet) above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

Solarium

Slip away to this adults-only indoor and outdoor retreat. The Solarium is your slice of paradise, with soothing whirlpools, warm sunshine and a refreshing water mist.
Boardwalk Arcade Skee Ball
Close-Up the Skee Ball on the Boardwalk Arcade

Arcade

Blips, bleeps, clangs and cheers. Play to win in a classic arcade atmosphere with timeless games, plus the latest at the Royal Caribban Arcade.
Whirlpool at Night
Beautiful Night on the Pool Deck

Whirlpools

It's easy to let every thought melt away while relaxing in a whirlpool, especially when you're also soaking up ocean views.

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 6:00 AM - 6:00 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: Olympia, Greece

Day 5
Olympia
Katakolon, Greece
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Katakolon, Greece, Building Ruins
The ruins of an ancient building in Greece
Things to do in
Olympia
From 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Experience ancient history and modern charm in Katakolon, a vibrant cruise port on the Greek coast. From here, you can catch a glimpse of Olympia, the birthplace of the original Olympic games and a shrine to the ancient Greek gods. Cruise to Greece and walk through the Olympia complex to get a historical tour of architectural styles, from the classical ruins to the red-tiled roofs of the traditional homes. Then, stroll through the Katakolon's lively centre to discover unique local galleries and shops, and grab a seat at an oceanfront taverna with a glass of white wine and a dish of locally caught calamari.
Katakolon, Greece, Column Ruins
An ancient street in Olympia with columns on both sides

Relive History

The train to Olympia takes you through the splendid green hills of the Greek countryside, dotted with olive groves and vineyards. On the remains of the Olympic site, you'll find the Archaeological Museum at Olympia and the Museum of the Olympic Games.
Insider tip
While the main language is Greek, many locals speak some English. Nevertheless, it's a good idea to be prepared with some basic greetings.
Katakolon, Greece, Colorful Plates
Assorted colorful plates with painted designs hanging on a wall

Find Local Treasures

As you walk through the village, stop and chat with the locals who create ornate traditional goods. Choose from an array of handmade crafts made from olive wood, ceramic and leather at one of the many shops that line Katakolon's high street.
Insider tip
Local law mandates that shorts not be any shorter than 15.5 cm above the knee, so keep those thighs out of sight.
Katakolon, Greece, Fish Market
Various different kinds of fish for sale at a fish market

Eat Like an Olympian

Local tavernas offer a wide array of Greek traditional cuisine, served alongside views of the pristine blue water. Jump onboard a Greece cruise to enjoy a glass of the region's crisp white wine with some fresh seafood. If you're feeling adventurous, be sure to try the grilled octopus.
Insider tip
Be sure to plan your day around mesimeri, the Greek midday nap. Many shops close in the afternoon after lunch and reopen around 5:30 p.m.
Katakolon, Greece, Grilled Octopus Salad
A grilled octopus salad served on a blue plate

Local Cuisine

Katakolon's local cuisine is fresh and simple enough to be healthy but so delicious that you won't even notice. Locally caught seafood is prepared grilled with herbs and a drizzle of olive oil. Flavourful vegetables are served plain or in dishes such as spanakopita, a spinach pie, or moussaka, a delicious combination of vegetables, meat and bechamel sauce.
Katakolon, Greece, Clay Pots
An assortment of clay pots in Greece,

Shopping

Pottery, olive wood, lace and leather are just a few of the materials used here to create traditional crafts. Local artisans pride themselves in making each piece a one-of-a-kind item. From hand-crocheted centre pieces to ceramic bowls that tell a story, each item reflects Katakolon's local traditions and history.

Day 6: Cruising

Day 6
Cruising
At Sea
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Crusted scallops - Giovanni's Table
Oven baked almond crusted scallops w/red bell pepper pesto served at Giovanni's Table. Cruise fine dining Italian Restaurant
LET THE FLAVOR FEST BEGIN
Explorer of the Seas Izumi Hot Plat
Explorer of the Seas Izumi Hot Plat

Izumi Sushi & Hot Rocks

From expertly rolled sushi, fresh sashimi, and delicate nigiri, to izakaya-style appetizers and flavorful meats cooked perfectly on ishiyaki grilling stones — this hard-rocking spin on the fleet favorite Izumi is one specialty dining experience you don’t want to miss out on.
Main Dining Room Tuna Steak Dish
Two slices of tuna steak served with sides on a white plate at the Main Dining Room

Main Dining Room

In the Main Dining Room, you can experience flavors that take you from Jamaica to Jaipur, a rotating menu of delicious dishes always offering something unexpected. A multi-level restaurant that in the morning is the perfect spot to enjoy a hearty brunch paired with refreshing mimosas, at dinnertime transforms into a world class dining experience with a menu that invites you to taste your way around the world course by course.
Chef's Table Appetizer
An appetizer at Chef's Table on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship

Chef's Table

Welcome to Chef’s Table, the most exclusive and elevated dining experience on our fleet. Join an intimate group of fellow foodies on a private epicurean journey led by the ship’s Chef de Cuisine. You’ll sit down to a white tablecloth dinner spotlighting five exquisite courses that range from scallop carpaccio with yuzu vinaigrette, to grilled filet mignon served with truffle potato puree — each expertly paired with the perfect wine to highlight every flavor on the menu.
Cafe Latte Tudes Barista Designing with Milk Foam
F&B, Drinks, cocktails; beverage package, 2016 Beverage shoot, Cafe Select Coffee Card, cream being poured into cup of coffee in decorative pattern,

Café Latte-tudes

When you find yourself craving a steaming hot cuppa, Café Latte-tudes has just what you need. From a nice breakfast blend to get you going to an after-dinner cappuccino or macchiato, you’ll find all your favorite sweets and specialty coffee beverages at this cozy cafe.

Day 7: Venice, Italy

Day 7
Venice
Ravenna, Italy
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Italy Ravenna Venice Traditional City Skyline
Italy Ravenna Venice Traditional City Skyline
Things to do in
Venice
Arrives at 5:00 AM
Nestled in the northeast corner of Italy and lapped by the bright blue waters of the Adriatic Sea, Venice is a marvel of history, art, culture and architecture. This iconic city has plenty of unforgettable sights and experiences to keep you coming back for years. Venice is the perfect place to visit when you cruise from the port of Ravenna, Italy. There’s the famous Grand Canal, lined with extravagant palaces and stately Gothic churches. Forgotten back alleys dotted with stunning statues carved centuries ago from marble. Museums that house awe-inspiring works by masters like Titian, Bellini and Tiepolo. And waterfront cafes that serve up frothy cappuccinos, crumbly biscotti and decadent tiramisu. The best way to get around the city? By gondola, of course.
Italy Ravenna Venice St Mark's Couple Strolling
Italy Ravenna Venice St Mark's Couple Strolling

PERUSE THE PALAZZO

One of the city’s best examples of Gothic architecture, the imposing Palazzo Ducale in Piazza San Marco was once the seat of the Venetian government and the Doge’s residence. Visit Venice and explore all of its hidden wonders — which include priceless sculptures and works of art — while learning about its rich history on a guided tour.
Insider tip
Venice’s streets, canals and alleyways don’t follow a grid pattern — make sure you bring a map or update your smart phone’s wayfinding app so you can easily navigate the city.
Italy Ravenna Venice St Mark's Basilica Dome
Italy Ravenna Venice St Mark's Basilica Dome

SO MUCH TO SEE AT ST. MARK’S

Arguably the most famous cathedral in Venice, St. Mark’s Basilica is a cultural and architectural masterpiece. This magnificent landmark dates back to the 11th century — and its history is made up of tales that seem straight out of an epic saga. Admission to the church is free, but join a tour if you want the full experience when your visit Venice with your cruise.
Insider tip
Check for public transport travel cards, which allow you to get around using city buses, ferries, and other forms of public transportation for a specified period of time.
Italy Venice Family Visiting Historic Palace
Italy Venice Family Visiting Historic Palace

ART WALK

Some call the Scuola Grande di San Rocco Venice’s version of Rome’s Sistine Chapel. The walls and ceiling of this stunning building were decorated by Rennaissance master Tintoretto, who spent more than two decades working on the project. You’ll also find over 60 pieces by iconic artists like Titian, Giorgione and Tiepolo.
Italy Ravenna Venice St Mark's Square Restaurant Local Cuisine Food
Italy Ravenna Venice St Mark's Square Restaurant Local Cuisine Food

Local Cuisine

From five-star restaurants serving elevated Italian fare, to cozy family-run bacari frequented by savvy locals, Venice’s food scene is as rich as its cultural landscape. Savor classic antipastos that spotlight fresh seafood, Venetian bigoli pasta tossed in salsa with anchovies, and tasty moleche — soft shell crabs from nearby lagoons fried and served with polenta.
Italy Ravenna Venice Local Masks Shopping
Italy Ravenna Venice Local Masks Shopping

Shopping

Ready for some retail therapy? Hit the area known as Le Mercerie for high-end brands and boutiques by trending Italian designers. Or visit San Samuele for your pick of local galleries, craft shops and stores well stocked with unique local finds, like beautiful linen, handmade jewelry and original knick-knacks.

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