Why choose a cruise to Naples?

Naples itself is a stunning and idiosyncratic city of palatial mansions, baroque churches, cloistered monasteries and subterranean catacombs. Located between the Mediterranean sea and the sheer slopes of volcanic Mount Vesuvius, it’s also surrounded by outstanding natural beauty.

On the other side of Mount Vesuvius you’ll find the fascinating ruins of Pompeii. Capri, a stunning island of wisteria-drenched villas and quiet coves, is just a ferry ride away. A Naples for Pompeii and Capri cruise allows you to experience a little of everything ­– gorgeous beaches, laid back island life and some fascinating cultural attractions.

Pompeii and Vesuvius

A guide to Naples’ hotspots

A visit to Naples’ historic centre could easily fill a weekend – there are so many fascinating churches, galleries and palaces in this district it’s difficult to choose what to see. The beautiful 16th century Baroque chapel, Cappella Sansevero, is filled with old masters’ frescoes and lifelike marble sculptures.

Naples also boasts some fantastic museums. Naples’ National Archaeological Museum boasts some of the world’s finest Graeco-Roman artefacts, many of which have been taken from the nearby sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Whatever attractions you choose to visit, make sure you stop at a traditional pizzeria for lunch.

Pompeii is only a half an hour drive from Naples. This former city was buried under the ash of Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in 79 AD. It has been excavated to reveal the city’s streets, markets and even a brothel.

If city life is proving too hectic for you take the trip out to Capri, an island of impossibly blue seas and colourful houses perched on craggy cliffs. Capri has plenty of attractions, but we recommend chilling out on the beach or at an al fresco restaurant with ocean views.

Faraglioni Capri

Cruise lines that sail to the port of Naples

Marella Cruises

Princess Cruises

Celebrity Cruises

Royal Caribbean Cruises

The best time to visit Naples

Naples is a sun-soaked Mediterranean destination offering pleasant weather year-round. The hottest months are July and August, when the temperature averages 25°C ­– excellent for sunbathing and dining outdoors.

But if you want to spend most of your time sightseeing, you might consider coming to Naples in the spring. Between March and April the temperature ranges between 12-15°C, meaning you won’t get too hot and bothered as you walk from one attraction to another.

Did you know?

  • The world’s first pizzeria opened in Naples in 1830. Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba is still in business today, and its oven continues to be lined with lava rocks from Vesuvius
  • Naples is derived from ‘Neapolis’, which means ‘New City’ – ironic since it was built in the 7th century BC
  • The people of Pompeii did not know that Vesuvius was a volcano – it hadn’t erupted in 1,800 years before 79 AD