Santorini Cliffside View with Three Bells of Fira

The Greek Isles Beckon: Unique Cruise Itineraries From Ravenna, Italy

Ravenna might be a small and relatively new cruise port, but don’t let its size fool you. This charming Italian city, a 3-hour away substitute for Venice, is your gateway to incredible Mediterranean adventures.

While you won’t be tossing coins into the Trevi Fountain on these itineraries, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises offer fantastic roundtrip and one-way voyages from Ravenna. Expect a delightful mix of iconic Greek Isles like Santorini and Mykonos, the historical allure of Athens, breathtaking Croatian stops, and the best of Italy!

Even with the additional travel to reach Ravenna (which might seem daunting at first glance), these itineraries are worth considering โ€“ and hey, it’s the perfect excuse for a pre or post-cruise exploration of Venice or Bologna! (I spent 2 nights pre-cruise in Bologna.) If you’re curious about the logistics of getting to Ravenna, check out my other blog post for all the details.

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Ravenna (Italy): Your Launchpad to the Mediterranean

Ravenna may not be a traditional cruise hub, but it’s quickly carving a niche. As large ships are restricted in Venice, lines like Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises are turning to Ravenna as an embarkation point.

This opens up a world of possibilities for travelers seeking those classic Mediterranean destinations. Other cruise lines are also adapting, with ports like Trieste (Italy) and Koper (Slovenia) welcoming those eager to explore this stunning region. So, let’s explore the cruise itineraries leaving from Ravenna in 2024 and 2025! Note: There are many itinerary variations but I’ve listed the most common itineraries below.

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Explorer of the Seas: Your Ravenna-Based Grecian Odyssey (2024 & 2025)

Cliffside View of Santorini with cruise ship sailing past
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Get ready to set sail on a classic Mediterranean adventure aboard the Explorer of the Seas! While she may be one of Royal Caribbean’s veteran vessels, Explorer of the Seas offers an exciting mix of thrilling onboard activities and timeless destinations.

Departing from Ravenna, your Grecian odyssey unfolds with stops at iconic Greek islands like Santorini, known for its whitewashed villages and dramatic sunsets, and Mykonos, famed for its beaches and vibrant nightlife. Discover the historical treasures of Athens (Piraeus), gateway to the Acropolis and ancient wonders. Venture to the picturesque Croatian city of Split, featuring Diocletian’s Palace and a charming waterfront.

Along the way, some itineraries will also include stops in Kotor (Montenegro), a fortified medieval town nestled within a breathtaking fjord, Argostoli (Greece), offering stunning beaches and the Melissani Cave, or Katakolon (Greece), your gateway to ancient Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games.

Voyager of the Seas: Epic one-way cruises from Ravenna (2024 & 2025)

Voyager of the Seas, Royal Caribbean Cruises
Voyager of the Seas, courtesy of Royal Caribbean

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the Mediterranean with Voyager of the Seas, another seasoned ship in Royal Caribbean’s fleet. Departing from Ravenna, experience the allure of classic Greek destinations and vibrant coastal cities. Primarily focused on roundtrip cruises from Athen, Voyager of the Seas also offers one-way voyages with unique itineraries.

Sail from Ravenna to Rome, taking in the coastal charm of Zadar (Croatia), the walled city of Dubrovnik (Croatia), the scenic beauty of Kotor (Montenegro), the flavors of Messina (Sicily), and the vibrant energy of Naples (Italy).

Or, opt for a Ravenna to Barcelona route, with stops in Sicily (Messina), the Eternal City of Rome, the gateway to Florence and Pisa via La Spezia or Livorno (Italy), and the charming Villefranche (gateway to Nice, France). For those seeking a Grecian focus, a Ravenna to Athens itinerary awaits, including Split (Croatia), Kotor (Montenegro), Argostoli (Greece), the historical wonders of Crete (Chania), and the iconic beauty of Mykonos.

Celebrity Constellation: The Best of Italy, Croatia, and a Touch of Greece (2024/5)

Celebrity Constellation Best of Italy & Croatia itinerary map
Celebrity Constellation Best of Italy & Croatia Itineraries

For those seeking a longer and more immersive Mediterranean experience, Celebrity Constellation offers captivating 10/11-night one-way cruises from Ravenna to Rome in both 2024 & 2025. Embrace the beauty of Italy and Croatia with stops in historic Trieste, charming Zadar, the walled city of Dubrovnik, vibrant Split, and the breathtaking scenery of Kotor.

Some itineraries include Salerno, your gateway to the stunning Amalfi Coast, while others offer a taste of Naples, the flavours of Messina (Sicily), and La Spezia, your access point to Tuscany’s gems like Florence and Cinque Terre National Park. These itineraries cleverly circumvent the “boot” of Italy, offering a delightful mix of Greek Isles beauty and the rich cultural tapestry of Italy and Croatia.

Choosing Your Mediterranean Adventure: Ravenna or Athens as Your Starting Points?

With these exciting Mediterranean itineraries, the biggest decision might be where your adventure truly begins โ€“ Ravenna or Athens! If your heart yearns for an Italian immersion with a touch of Greek Isles magic, Ravenna is your ideal starting point. Easily add a few days to explore Venice, Bologna, Rome, Florence, or even Milan before or after your cruise.

On the other hand, if a deep dive into Greek history and island hopping tops your list, then Athens is your gateway. Consider my Ultimate Guide to Greek Isles Cruise Itineraries departing Athens for options focused solely on the islands. Then, spend a few extra days exploring the ancient wonders of Athens, or venture to a nearby island for a relaxing pre or post-cruise escape.

Ultimately, both choices are excellent choices! Both Ravenna and Athens offer unforgettable launchpads for your Mediterranean dreams!

If you found this guide to Ravenna cruise itineraries helpful, please share it with other cruise enthusiasts who dream of exploring the Mediterranean! Have a wonderful and memorable trip!

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