Set in the heart of the spectacular Italian Riviera and close to highly evocative destinations such as Portofino, Montecarlo and Milan, the fascinating, historic cities of Genoa and Savona have emerged forcefully as a market leader in the cruise port industry. Passenger throughput exceeds the 2-million threshold annually (second-ranking in Italy and fourth in the Med) and accounts for approximately 7% of total cruise traffic in the Mediterranean. In addition, the Ligurian ports continue to thrive as a holiday destination for passengers; in fact, today on average 36% of total cruise passenger throughput chooses Genoa and Savona as a cruise vacation destination. Within this framework, the cruise market has developed into a major force in the local community, in terms of its significant economic contribution both to the port industry and to the tourism sector.
Located close to Genoa’s International Airport and easily accessible from Nice and Milan both by road and by rail, the world’s leading cruise lines have chosen to homeport, for itineraries in the West Med, at the state-of-the-art Genoa and Savona terminals which can cater for the operational and logistic requirements of the mega-cruise ships.
The ports offer four purpose-built cruise terminals:
- Ponte dei Mille and Ponte Andrea Doria in Genoa, operated by Stazioni Marittime Genova SpA (4 dedicated docks, 340m, 290m and 2 x 300m in length)
- Palacrociere Ovest and Palacrociere Est in Savona, managed by Costa Crociere (2 dedicated docks, 450m and 325m in length, plus a common user dock 235m in length