I'm new to cruising although wife and myself have been to Italy a couple times. Question is this we plan on a trip to Italy in Sept 2012 for 7 days and we so far plan to fly from Toronto to Rome, we would like to try Sicily for a week visit but also would like to try a cruise, we really don't want to have to make our way way upto the top of Italy to board a cruise and want to know what are our options for going to Sicily as well as closest boarding port for a cruise?
Thanks in advance
It would be hard to do all that in 7 days. You might look at Costa or MSC. They may have some short excursion type cruises where you could cruise back to Rome from Sicily. You might also look into ferries, many are overnight. Not quite the same as a cruise but it will get you on the water. Alternatively you can look for a 7 day round trip cruise that uses Rome as the home port.
All I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by; John Masefield
Carnival: Glory 2004, Destiny 2008, Splendor 2009, Freedom 2011, Valor 2012, Dream 2013
Celebrity: Summit 2011
Princess: Ruby 2010, 2014, Caribbean 2013, Coral 2014, Regal 2014, 2016
Sail Windjammer: Mandalay 2017
Star Clippers: Royal Clipper 2015
This is the sort of complicated question that can't be answered simply in a few words.
Absolutely the best advice I can give you is find a good local Travel Agent who is a CLIA Accredited Cruise Counselor (look for the agent's diploma on the wall, not just an agency sticker). Ask your friends and co-workers for a recommendation. The service is entirely free to you. ACC's are trained to find the very best cruise for you, after learning your personal situation and preferences, and work hard to get you the very best rate.