Genoa Cruise

The Acquario di Genova
A charming old town
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A mix of cultures and fragrances

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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

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    Port of Genoa

    See all the information you need on getting to the port of Genoa and parking.

    Cruise Terminal:

    Ponte dei Mille/Ponte Andrea Doria

    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.

      Parking Information


      GENOA - VALET Parking

      Tel. +39 010 24 62 613

      • Guests are invited to reach Ponte dei Mille or Ponte Doria where a valet service is available
      • MSC Parking is bookable online up to 48 hours before your cruise departure. Bookings after the 48 hour deadline can be made directly with MSC Parking, and the same reduced rates will be applied when presenting your cruise travel documents
      Book your parking with MSC


      Car/Suv 3 € 50
      Van 3 € 60
      Car/Suv 4 € 60
      Van 4 € 80
      Car/Suv 5 € 72
      Van 5 € 95
      Car/Suv 6 € 80
      Van 6 € 110
      Car/Suv 7 € 85
      Van 7 € 115
      Car / Suv 8 € 90
      Van 8 € 120
      Car / Suv 9 € 100
      Van 9 € 135
      Car / Suv 10 € 110
      Van 10 € 150
      Car / Suv 11 € 120
      Van 11 € 165
      Car / Suv 12 € 130
      Van 12 € 180
      Car / Suv 13 € 140
      Van 13 € 195
    • 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.
    • 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.

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