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La Fenice, Venice’s spine-tingling opera house, where Verdi's Rigoletto and La Traviata once premiered.

The attic prison cells from which Casanova once escaped, at the Doge's Palace.

The opulent palazzos of the Grand Canal, seen from the water on a vaporetto, or waterbus ride.

Lose your heart to Venice in Italy, with its picture-perfect canals, islands and waterways and elegant buildings lined with marble and gold. As a departure point for your cruise holiday to the Mediterranean and Greek islands as well as a visiting port, you’ll have a ball discovering many treasures on your holiday in Venice.

See pink-tinged sunsets on a romantic gondola ride or be blown away by the opulent interiors of the Doge’s Palace. Admire the breathtaking mosaics of St. Mark’s Basilica or sip a chilled prosecco in a waterfront bar.

If there’s time, go exploring in the thrilling maze of alleyways, bridges and back street squares or give in to temptation shopping for Murano glass, shoes, printed velvet or silk. Feel the buzz of a Venice holiday during the Biennale, a joyful celebration of art, architecture and culture from mid-May to November.

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When can we take you to Venice?

Our ships travel around the world so there are times when they won’t be present in this port. The calendar shows you when one or more ships are departing on a cruise itinerary to Venice. New itineraries will be added, so it’s worth checking back.

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The best of Venice - things to see and do

Stunning views, awe-inspiring treasures and original art will make your trip to Venice thrilling. Explore amazing palaces and churches, take a magical gondola ride or lose yourself in the atmosphere of this opulent and extraordinary city.

Give in to temptation with Murano glass

 Give in to temptation with Murano glass
  • 120 ratings

Watch the famous Murano glass being produced in the Venetian islands of Murano. Prized since the 13th century, you’ll enjoy choosing some of this brightly coloured glass to take home.

Tour Rialto Market and Venetian tapas bars

Tour Rialto Market and Venetian tapas bars
  • 230 ratings

Shop for delicious artichokes, asparagus and chicory in the bustling Rialto Market, then head to the local ‘cicchetti’ bars to enjoy tapas-style dishes with seafood, pasta and polenta. Wash it all down with a lovely chilled prosecco.

Admire amazing art

Admire amazing art
  • 230 ratings

Gorge yourself on amazing art at the Peggy Guggenheim Modern Art museum, which houses works by Picasso, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Duchamp and Klee. Then discover works by Bellini, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese and Canaletto at the stunning Galleria dell'Accademia.

Get to know Venice on foot

Get to know Venice on foot
  • 230 ratings

Be blown away by Venice’s beautiful Gothic, Byzantine and Ottoman architecture on a walking tour of the city. Explore the Rialto Bridge, Grand Canal, Doge’s Palace, St Mark's Square and St Mark's Basilica plus the charming squares, alleyways, canals and bridges of the back streets.

What ships can I choose for my Venice cruise?

    Our ships travel around the world so there are times when they won’t be present in this location. so it’s worth checking back.

    Make the most of your holiday to Venice with our amazing shore excursions

    With expert local guides, easy 24-hour cancellations, plus guaranteed first off ship and return-to-ship if your tour is delayed, our tailor-made shore excursions allow you to experience each incredible destination in a whole new way. Explore the iconic landmarks of Venice from the water and on land, taking in the Venetian islands, Murano glassblowing, the Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Square. To book the best Venice cruise, see our most popular shore excursions below.

    Venice panorama

    Venice panorama

    Glide peacefully along the Giudecca Canal, passing picturesque Venetian islands, the ancient Armenian Monastery, the 16th century San Pierto di Castello church and the walled-in Arsenale. Travel to the island of Murano, where skilled artisans create exquisite glass artworks.

    Gondola ride and free time

    Gondola ride and free time

    Take a relaxing gondola boat ride through the city before wandering the narrow streets at your own pace. Admire stunning Venetian architecture and brilliant cityscapes as you sail under historic stone bridges. Then roam waterfront promenades, stop for a coffee or shop for Venetian glass.

    Doge's Palace, St. Marks Cathedral & glass showroom

    Doge's Palace, St. Marks Cathedral & glass showroom

    Take a motorboat to the center of Venice, stopping to tour the Doge's Palace, explore St. Mark's Cathedral and watch a Venetian glassblowing demonstration. Cross the Bridge of Sighs and visit St. Mark's Square, admiring artful mosaics and Romanesque carvings in the basilica.

    Why book a shore excursion with us?

    Guaranteed first off ship

    Book a tour and you'll enjoy priority departure in port.

    Guaranteed Return To ship

    If our tours are delayed, the ship will wait for you!

    Safety First

    All our shore excursions are planned by insured partners, who adhere to the highest safety standards in the industry.

    Official blog - spotlight on your Venice cruise

    Stay up-to-date with the latest posts from the Official Royal Caribbean Blog dedicated to bringing you travel tips, news and information on over 260 destinations.

    Venice Cruise Port Guide

    If you’re planning a quick stop in Venice on the day your cruise departs; this guide has all the info you need to make the most of your time in Venice.

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    An Interview with Captain of Independence of the Seas®

    Have you ever wondered what life is like onboard for the head of Independence of the Seas®? Well, wonder no more! Find out about Captain Iv Vidos, and the day to day running of Independence.

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