5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Our flight was late so we didn't have a chance to visit the city this time round. I recall the inner, old part of the city to be quite spectacular.
Our flight was late so we didn't have a chance to visit the city this time round. I recall the inner, old part of the city to be quite spectacular. Read Less
35 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
GENOA: I love Genoa because it seems so completely Italian, especially in the historic center, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. Our ship docked in the main harbor in the middle of the city's waterfront -- an easy walk to ... Read More
GENOA: I love Genoa because it seems so completely Italian, especially in the historic center, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. Our ship docked in the main harbor in the middle of the city's waterfront -- an easy walk to almost any attraction and just a few minutes from the main (Principe) train station. Genoa is built on a hillside, so there is some climbing, but the waterfront alone has enough attractions to fill a half day for those with mobility issues. Pick up a map in the cruise terminal and exit right (east) along the waterfront until you reach the Galata Museum del Mar (Museum of the Sea). This is a large, modern, very enjoyable museum that is worth at least an hour or two when you are returning to the ship. See their website for hours and current prices. From the museum, cross the street and head uphill through the narrow lanes (gritty but safe) to the main street (Via Balbi). From there continue east to the Palazzo Real. There are five major palaces remaining from the days of Genoa's peak power and wealth. The Palazzo Real is the most interesting, but combination tickets are available, and it is fun to see more than one. From the Palazzo Real walk farther east to Via Garibaldi, where there are beautiful historic buildings and three more palazzi -- together called the Palazzi dei Rolli on the Strade Nuove, designated a UNESCO world heritage site. Combo tickets for the palaces are available at the nearby bookshop. The fifth palace, and the one with the most art is the National Gallery of Palazzo Spinola, on Piazza Pelliceria nearby. From there walk downhill to the cathedral and nearby fountain on Piazza de Ferrari, where you will find the Genova sign/sculpture for a photo op. The view down the historic Via XX Settembre is grand. It is an easy walk back west to the waterfront for either (or both) the maritime museum or the modern aquarium. Even if you do not enter the aquarium, there is a cute floating park at the end of its pier, with good views of the ship and the city. From the aquarium and maritime museum it is an easy walk back to the ship. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Spent 2 nights pre-cruise, the museums are very good, but beware of some of the narrow streets; particularly at night. Tip if you are embarking in Genoa, there is a free bus and a 6 euro coach from the airport to the main railway station. ... Read More
Spent 2 nights pre-cruise, the museums are very good, but beware of some of the narrow streets; particularly at night. Tip if you are embarking in Genoa, there is a free bus and a 6 euro coach from the airport to the main railway station. On the day of embarkation MSC have a stand at the station where you can leave your luggage to be delivered to the ship and your cabin. From the station it is a 6 minute walk to the ship Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Go to the Marina area. It is walking distance and you can see the aquarium if you wish or go to the Eataly for food and shopping.
Go to the Marina area. It is walking distance and you can see the aquarium if you wish or go to the Eataly for food and shopping. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Be sure to go to the Port in Genoa, NOT PORTOFINO as per the itin given to you from MSC !! This was a costly excercise and stressful start to our holiday. MSC dock in Genoa itself about 10km from Genoa Airport, the experience at the port ... Read More
Be sure to go to the Port in Genoa, NOT PORTOFINO as per the itin given to you from MSC !! This was a costly excercise and stressful start to our holiday. MSC dock in Genoa itself about 10km from Genoa Airport, the experience at the port was good. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Because we were getting off the ship early the next day, I wanted to keep things simple so that we could return to the ship, pack, and get a good night rest before our return trip home. We went to the Acquario di Genova, located near the ... Read More
Because we were getting off the ship early the next day, I wanted to keep things simple so that we could return to the ship, pack, and get a good night rest before our return trip home. We went to the Acquario di Genova, located near the cruise terminal. It would’ve been a fairly easy 20 minute walk, but we decided to take a taxi. 15 Euros flat fee. The aquarium is a bit old, but it’s comprehensive and extensive. It is considered the largest aquarium in Europe. It was what the kids needed after a long week of sightseeing. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Lovely place to call. A bit chilly, not unexpected for the time of year so decided to pay 10 euros to go on the tour bus around town. A great way to learn more about Genoas history and to see the main monuments. Would like to stop there ... Read More
Lovely place to call. A bit chilly, not unexpected for the time of year so decided to pay 10 euros to go on the tour bus around town. A great way to learn more about Genoas history and to see the main monuments. Would like to stop there again in warmer months to enjoy the town a bit more Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We opted to take a hop on, hop off bus on our own for this port. Initially we started off by walking the area which ended up taking us into a shady area which we did not realize was not extremely safe. Once we choose the hop on hop off ... Read More
We opted to take a hop on, hop off bus on our own for this port. Initially we started off by walking the area which ended up taking us into a shady area which we did not realize was not extremely safe. Once we choose the hop on hop off bus, we were able to stop at other areas that were more touristy. If we take another cruise wear one of the stops is this port, We will likely book an excursion ahead of time. Unfortunately we really wanted to take a taxi ride over to Portofino but due to the recent rain storms, the road was an accessible. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Hopped in a small trolley that had a speaker in English sharing the sites. Fun little trip. Saw Christopher Columbus' birth place. Then walked around. Had lunch which was delicious (authentic pesto and pizza) and then souveneir ... Read More
Hopped in a small trolley that had a speaker in English sharing the sites. Fun little trip. Saw Christopher Columbus' birth place. Then walked around. Had lunch which was delicious (authentic pesto and pizza) and then souveneir shopping. did not always feel safe on the streets here. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Again, we booked a walking tour with the local tourist centre. It was good, though a bit 'dry', I mean historical, interesting, cultural, ... but it could have been presented a bit 'lighter'
Again, we booked a walking tour with the local tourist centre. It was good, though a bit 'dry', I mean historical, interesting, cultural, ... but it could have been presented a bit 'lighter' Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
There is a shuttle from ship out of port area, but well organized. Then you will have a very long walk to reach the part of Genoa you will want to see. Keep right until you are past the aquarium. To your left you will see crowds of people ... Read More
There is a shuttle from ship out of port area, but well organized. Then you will have a very long walk to reach the part of Genoa you will want to see. Keep right until you are past the aquarium. To your left you will see crowds of people going up a hill. Follow the crowds but always keep right. Do not venture left or you will find yourself in some very shady areas. We took the HOHO bus fro the center plaza in Genoa and it was very pleasant. Genoa is beautiful and interesting and the HOHO bus will take you back to the port so you avoid the long walk back. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
N o transfer available, tried to book at the ship 2 days before disembarkation, but unfortunately "That is too late". Took a cab and waited 8 hours for the plane.
N o transfer available, tried to book at the ship 2 days before disembarkation, but unfortunately "That is too late". Took a cab and waited 8 hours for the plane. Read Less

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