Catania is the cruise port to Etna. This port city is located along Sicily Island's northeast coast, and on the Gulf of Catania. The port's services include handling commercial (including ro-ro and cargo) ships, fishing vessels, ferries, yachts and cruise ships. It also has a small shipbuilding yard.
Port of Catania covers a total area of over 1 km2 (0,4 ml2), which includes land and water areas. The land area is approx 0,47 km2, where are built storage facilities (0,28 km2) and 26 berths (total lenght 4,2 klm). The port serves 6 Italian provinces. It features a close proximity to highway junctions, as well as to a railway station and to the Catania Airport (island's first airfield, opened in 1924).
The town was destroyed several times by Mt Etna's eruptions and an earthquake in 1693. Today it is graced by lush parks, spacious piazzas and wide boulevards. Tourists may choose from the medieval power of 11th-century cathedral and Castello Ursino, Baroque fantasy of San Nicolo, or return to city's ancient origins with a visit to Greek theatre. The Greek glories of Taormina featuring unforgettable views of Mount Etna are just a short drive up the coast.
Catania was established as a Greek colony in 8th century BC. During the First Punic War, in 263 BC, it was captured by the Romans. In the late 11th century Catania was ravaged by the Normans. It sustained severe bomb damage in World War II.
Highlights: Taormina, Syracuse, Mt Etna by cable car
Catania cruise terminal
Catania port has no dedicated cruise ship terminal building. Ships dock in an industrial area. The pier is located at approx 15-min walking distance from the city.
- In 2014, the port was visited by a total of 232,954 cruise passengers. Their number in 2013 was 390,457.
- In 2016, the port was included in the ship schedules of Costa Cruises and Royal Caribbian, following the inauguration (July 2015) of the man-made multipurpose wet basin.
- The completion of the new Wet Basin led to increasing the maritime traffic (mainly RO-RO and container ships) in Catania port. The approved in 2014 port development project also included as improving the port security and efficiency (consolidation of docks, max anti-seismic standards, strengthening the breakwater's rocks), road connections development (improving the cargo and passenger mobility between the port and the airport) and also improving the port-city integration as to routes and interconnections.
The Catania cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Catania, Sicily, Italy.
If you lose the Catania location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Catania cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Catania, Sicily, Italy. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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23 April, 2017
26 April, 2017