Top 11 Accessible Cruises from Venice
By John Sage
Venice has more wheelchair accessible cruise itineraries than any other Mediterranean port. While we only identified 6 top-notch accessible Barcelona cruises and 9 accessible Rome cruises, we created a list of 11 Accessible Venice Cruises.
Before taking one of the Top 11 Accessible Cruises from Venice, most travelers want to spend 2 or 3 days visiting this spectacular city of canals and bridges. An accessible tour of St. Mark’s neighborhood will let you learn why this city was founded here, why and when it peaked, and how it influenced the Renaissance. An accessible boat tour down the Grand Canal is the most relaxing way to see this picturesque destination.
Although the 409 bridges can at first appear daunting to disabled travelers, Sage Traveling has you covered. If you book your cruise through Sage Traveling, we provide our Venice accessible trip planning services for FREE, which includes our accessible Venice hotel recommendations that are located in bridge-free neighborhoods near St. Mark’s Square or in quieter neighborhoods located further away from the tourists. You also will receive our 90+ page Venice Accessibility Guide for free.
Venice accessible cruises come in a variety of options. The most common cruise itineraries are:
- 12 night Grand Mediterranean – These cruises start in Venice and finish in Barcelona. They visit 5 or 6 countries.
- 7 night Eastern Mediterranean – Some of these concentrate on Greek Isles and others have a mix of Greek, Croatian, and Turkish ports.
- 10-14 night Eastern Mediterranean – Seven night cruises usually include 5 ports, while these longer cruises visit up to 13 ports.
- 11-13 night Adriatic Cruise – Some Adriatic cruises finish in Venice and some finish in Rome. Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Greece, Malta, and Italy are typically visited on these cruises.
- 18 night Holy Land Cruise – Two Israeli ports are visited. Some also include ports of call in Egypt
Various other wheelchair accessible Venice cruises exist including cruises that finish in Athens or Istanbul, 3 week cruises, luxury cruises, and numerous other cruise itineraries are possible from Venice.
Top Accessible Grand Mediterranean Cruises from Venice
Great for first-time Mediterranean cruisers!
Sailing on one of the newest ships in the Mediterranean, Princess’ 12 night Grand Mediterranean Cruise is the best option for first-time European cruisers. Out of the 10 magnificent ports on this itinerary, accessible shore excursions are available in 100% of them!
In the Adriatic Sea, you’ll be able to take an accessible tour of the Doge’s Palace in Venice and experience the well-preserved medieval walled city of Dubrovnik. In Athens, you can take an accessible tour of the Acropolis, before visiting the lesser-known but equally impressive accessible Ephesus ruins at Kusadasi, Turkey. The windmills of Mykonos and Paradise Beach provide for a great Greek Isles experience.
After sailing around the boot of Italy, you’ll visit 3 Italian ports of call. With a full day in Naples, you can take an accessible tour of Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius or spend the day on the scenic island of Capri. An accessible Ancient Rome shore excursion or an accessible Vatican tour are a couple of the possibilities in Civitavecchia. Livorno gives you the opportunity to visit Florence, Pisa, and a Chianti winery.
Wheelchair accessible beaches are available in both Provence (Toulon) and Barcelona. A tour guide can meet you in the lobby of your accessible Barcelona hotel to start your accessible Barcelona walking/rolling tour. This cruise also runs in reverse on a Barcelona to Venice accessible cruise. Learn more
Honorable mention: Norwegian’s 12 night Grand Mediterranean cruise (100% of ports have accessible excursion options. This sails on an older ship), Holland America’s 12 night Grand Mediterranean cruise (100%), and Celebrity’s 12 night Grand Mediterranean cruise (100%). Contact us for more details.
* Get €50 off each excursion if you book your cruise through Sage Traveling
Top Accessible Greek Isles Cruises from Venice
Norwegian’s 7 night Greek Isles cruise gets our nod as the top accessible Greek Isles cruise for 4 reasons:
- 1. It has numerous sailing dates.
- 2. It visits both Santorini and Mykonos (other cruises visit one or the other).
- 3. It sails on one of the newer cruise ships.
- 4. Accessible shore excursions are possible in 100% of the ports!
Honorable mention: Royal Caribbean’s 7 night Greek Isles cruise (100% of ports have accessible excursion options). Contact us for more details.
Top Accessible Eastern Mediterranean Cruises from Venice (short)
Some accessible Venice cruises visit multiple countries in Eastern Mediterranean including Croatia, Turkey, and Greece. Norwegian’s 7 night Eastern Mediterranean cruise is one of the best of those cruises.
An Athens accessible shore excursion can include visits to the top of the Acropolis, to the National Archaeological Museum, to the Ancient Agora, and more. At the port of Izmir, a wheelchair accessible van will bring you to the excavated ruins of the first-century city of Ephesus. Visits to the Croatian towns of Dubrovnik and Split are also included on this cruise.
Honorable mention: Royal Caribbean’s 7 night Eastern Mediterranean cruise (100% of ports have accessible excursion options. This sails on an older ship.), Celebrity’s 7 night Itinerary A (100%), Celebrity’s 7 night Itinerary B (100%), Disney’s 9 night Eastern Med (100%), and Disney’s 12 night Eastern Mediterranean cruise (90%). Contact us for more details.
Top Accessible Eastern Mediterranean Cruises from Venice (long)
Several longer cruise itineraries allow you to see more Eastern Mediterranean ports during your accessible Venice cruise. Ranging from 11 nights to 14 nights, these itineraries often contain Greek ports, Turkish ports, and Croatian ports.
The best of these longer Eastern Mediterranean accessible cruises is Royal Caribbean’s 11 night Eastern Mediterranean cruise. Eight out of eight ports on this cruise have accessible shore excursion including Dubrovnik & Split in Croatia; Athens, Rhodes, and Santorini in Greece; and Kusadasi & Bodrum in Turkey. An accessible guided tour of Venice is also available before your cruise.
Honorable mention: Norwegian’s 14 night Eastern Mediterranean cruise (100% of ports have accessible excursion options. Combines two 7 day itineraries.), Holland America’s 11 night Eastern Mediterranean cruise (90%), and Holland America’s 12 night Eastern Mediterranean cruise (78%). Contact us for more details.
Top Accessible Adriatic Cruises from Venice
Great follow-up to a Grand Mediterranean Cruise!
One cruise line does a better job than any of the rest of them when it comes to exploring countries along the Adriatic Sea. Departing from Venice, Celebrity offers 11 night, 12 night, and 13 night itineraries that have slight variations in their ports of call.
Celebrity’s 11 night Adriatic cruise is our favorite of all of their options. It includes 2 Croatian ports (Dubrovnik and Split), 1 Montenegro port, 1 Slovenian port, 4 Italian ports (Venice, Rome, Sicily, and Naples), and 1 Malta port. Sage Traveling can provide accessible shore excursions in 100% of these ports!
This cruise sails on the Celebrity Silhouette which is one of their renowned Solstice Class ships that was built in 2011.
Honorable mention: Celebrity’s 11 night Adriatic cruise – Itinerary B (100% of ports have accessible excursion options), Celebrity’s 12 night Adriatic cruise (100%), and Celebrity’s 13 night Adriatic cruise (100%). Contact us for more details.
Top Accessible Venice to Istanbul Cruise
While many Venice disabled accessible cruises only have 1 day in the incredible city of Istanbul, this cruise finishes there allowing you to spend 3 or 4 days exploring this bridge between East and West!
Celebrity’s 7 night Eastern Mediterranean cruise has ports of call in Greece, Croatia, and Turkey. Accessible shore excursions are possible in all of the ports. It sails on the Solstice Class Celebrity Equinox.
Honorable mention: In terms of accessibility, no other Venice to Istanbul cruise comes close!
Top Accessible Holy Land Cruise
Twelve of the thirteen ports on this Princess 18 night Holy Land cruise have accessible shore excursions available. That includes accessible guided tours in Haifa (Nazareth and Sea of Galilee) and Port Said (Jerusalem and Bethlehem).
This wheelchair accessible Venice cruise also visits the Egyptian ports of Alexandria and Port Said where you can view pyramids, mummies, and more!
Honorable mention: Holland America’s 18 night Holy Land cruise (73% of ports have accessible excursion options). Contact us for more details.
Top Accessible 3 Week Cruises from Venice
Many travelers enjoy the relaxing escape that a longer cruise provides, and Holland America’s 22 night cruise is the most accessible that departs from Venice. 94% of the ports on this Grand Mediterranean cruise have accessible shore excursions options.
Honorable mention: Holland America’s 24 night cruise (89% of ports have accessible excursion options) and Princess’ 20 night cruise (100%). Contact us for more details.
Top Accessible Luxury Eastern Mediterranean Cruises from Venice
Crystal consistently receives awards as the top cruise line in the world, and this is the most accessible itinerary that it offers in the Eastern Mediterranean. 92% of the ports on the Crystal 19 night Eastern Med cruise have accessible shore excursion options.
Honorable mention: Crystal’s 7 night Eastern Mediterranean cruise (100% of ports have accessible excursion options. This is a Top 50 Accessible European Vacation) and Azamara’s 7 night Eastern Mediterranean cruise (71%). Contact us for more details.
Top Accessible Luxury Italy Cruises from Venice
The Azamara 10 night Italy cruise visits multiple Italian ports plus Split, Dubrovnik, and Kotor. After have the chance for an accessible Venice guided tour, your next Italian port will be the much lesser visited port of Brindisi. Accessible Sicily tours will be available from Taormina, followed by Amalfi accessible shore excursions, Capri accessible shore excursions, and Sorrento accessible shore excursions.
Your accessible cruise from Venice finishes in Rome where you can take an accessible Vatican tour and an accessible Colosseum tour while staying at one of the accessible Rome hotels that we have personally inspected. All ports on this cruise have accessible shore excursion possibilities.
Honorable mention: Azamara’s 8 night Italy cruise (88% of ports have accessible excursion options). Contact us for more details.
Top Accessible Luxury Grand Mediterranean Cruises from Venice
People looking for an accessible luxury vacation that visits all parts of the Mediterranean will love Crystal’s 21 night Grand Mediterranean cruise. This 3 week accessible Venice cruise allows you to easily visit Italy, Croatia, Turkey, Malta, Monte Carlo, France, and Spain. We are able to provide you with fully accessible shore excursions in 87% of the ports of call.
Honorable mention: Crystal’s 28 night Grand Mediterranean cruise (79% of ports have accessible excursion options) and Crystal’s 12 night Grand Mediterranean cruise (100%). Contact us for more details.
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