Small Ship Cruise Line to Return to Venice, Italy in 2023

Luxury cruise line Azamara has announced that it is planning to return to Venice, Italy starting April 3, 2023 as part of its 12-night The Best of The Med Voyage.

Starting in the spring, the line’s four-ship fleet will access the Venetian Lagoon ports of Chioggia and Fusina, allowing passengers easy access to stroll the cobblestone streets, take a gondola ride, and more in the unique city.

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Azamara Pursuit (Photo courtesy of Azamara)

“Thanks to our longstanding relationship with the local officials and port authorities of Venice, we’re thrilled to not only bring our guests back to this historic canal city, but also to allow them to discover the wonders of neighboring towns such as Chioggia, which only smaller ships can visit,” said Mike Pawlus, Azamara’s Director of Strategic Itinerary & Destination Planning. “We look forward to once again immersing our guests in the rich local culture and amazing historical sites that the destination has to offer.”

Highlights of the upcoming voyages to Venice include:

7-Night Intensive Voyage

This seven-night Country Intensive itinerary encourages guests to explore Italy to the fullest with late nights in Ravenna, Kotor, and Amalfi, plus an overnight stay in Rome, giving travelers plenty of time for exploring. Authentic local cuisine, Veneto wine, and many bridges await in Venice, where this immersive journey begins.

7-Night Amalfi & Dalmatian Coasts Voyage

Travelers on this seven-night voyage have the chance to dive deeper into the shorelines of the Amalfi and Dalmatian Coasts with four late night stays in Sorrento, Kotor, Dubrovnik, and Sibenik. The itinerary also includes an overnight in Venice, where guests can people-watch in Piazza San Marco, sample Veneto wines, and admire Murano’s handcrafted glass and silk.

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St. Mark’s Square in Venice

Immersive Shore Excursions

Azamara’s immersive shore excursions in Venice include:

  • An intimate evening gondola ride accompanied by a local singer and accordionist
  • A motorboat cruise to the neighboring islands of Murano and Burano, where guests will take a tour of a glass-blowing factory and watch a demonstration of traditional lace-making techniques
  • A guided walking tour with a local expert including visits to the church of Saint Rocco and Campo San Polo, one of the oldest squares in Venice

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