• Italy Small Ship Cruises 2022/23

Discover Italy on board a Luxury Ship

For those who want to explore more of Italy without having to constantly unpack and repack while enjoying a more authentic experience, a small-ship cruise is ideal. Our modern yachts with sleek, high-tech profiles and seductive lines offer an intimate atmosphere with fewer passengers and a crew that provides exceptional, customized service. These vessels may be smaller than those mega cruise ships, but they’re large enjoy to provide plenty of space and luxurious comforts while being able to reach more out-of-the-way ports to discover hidden treasures. Stops are often made in hidden coves and secluded bays for memorable swims in crystal-clear waters far from the crowds.

In between visiting enticing destinations like Lipari, off Sicily’s northern coast, and the hilltop town of Taormina, you can take advantage of the ship’s Jacuzzi while surrounded by the endless sparkling blue of the sea. Soak up the sun from a comfy lounger on deck or chat with your fellow, often like-minded passengers. Instead of dining on the same type of food you could eat at home, the onboard chef prepares meals using fresh, local ingredients for better immersion into each new place visited. All cabins are spacious and en-suite, with most featuring windows, so you’ll rarely have to take your eyes off the passing views.

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Originally from Toronto but now living in Italy, I’ve always been a traveler at heart. When I’m not planning your luxury European trip, you’ll find me hiking the Italian Alps or enjoying a lemon Spritz in Amalfi.


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Our Cruises in Italy

Explore the beautiful coastline and magical islands of Italy on one of our small ship cruises

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Variety Voyager

Our Cruise Ships in Italy

MY Variety Voyager

A graceful, modern mega-yacht, the Variety Voyager offers an unforgettable, luxury sailing experience for up to 72 guests.


Life On Board an Italy Cruise

While she provides an intimate atmosphere for a more personalized, authentic experience, her facilities are wide-ranging. You’ll find everything from a mini-spa with a massage room and workout equipment to spacious cabins. Some feature picture windows, so you’ll never have to leave those spectacular views behind. All have the latest and greatest features, like individually controlled air-conditioning, marble bathrooms, TVs, and DVD players. The wood-paneled lounge and the chic dining room boast wraparound views through picture windows that line three exterior sides.

At the drop of an anchor, you’ll set out to explore Sicily & Malta’s most picturesque towns, set your sights on stunning baroque architecture, famed temples, and charming fishing villages while ticking the boxes of world class UNESCO heritage sights throughout your journey. Whether you’re setting out on foot, appreciating the endless blues from your expansive cabin window, or relaxing on the sundeck with sweeping views at every turn, your dedicated crew will be there to guarantee you an Unforgettable experience like none other.






Perian our Italy Specialist

What are your Italy cruise ships like? 

As with all our other destinations, we specialise in deluxe small ship cruises. Our vessels in Italy typically carry no more than 45 passengers across a maximum of 23 cabins. The ships themselves are luxurious motor yachts, adapted for sailing at sea while small enough to access small ports and channels. With size in your favor, you’ll find service levels are consistently high, and routings that take in off-the-beaten-track destinations that are simply inaccessible to larger ships. 


What are the food and drink inclusions?

Meals on these cruises are typically full board. A large spread for breakfast consists of fresh, a la carte options, along with all the usual continental favorites. Lunches and dinners are also served on-board, with four separate occasion meals during your week on-board: a welcome cocktail reception, Italian theme evening, BBQ night, and exuberant Captain’s Dinner. You’ll also find free-flow coffees, teas, and filtered water available all day.

Where do the cruises typically sail?

The most scenically appealing, and culturally varied, cruises in Italy hug the south and west coast of the peninsula. Traveling from Naples, around the Amalfi Coast and Capri, passing the rugged Aeolian Islands, and circling around Sicily. An alternative route begins in the Maltese capital Valletta, heading back up around Sicily and on to the Bay of Naples. These routes showcase southern Italy’s incredibly diverse natural geography, historic influences, gastronomy, and modern culture. 


What is the best time to travel?

As with travel through much of Europe, the optimum time for an Italy small ship cruise is from April through to late October. Winter months are cold and windy, bringing choppy seas and a near abandonment of Italy’s coastal resorts: islands such as Capri and the Aeolians are near deserted at this time. Conversely, the spring, summer, and early autumn seasons see coastal Italy in bustling in full bloom, with warm, clear weather and calm seas. For best rates and thinnest crowds, avoid the peak tourist season months of July and August, opting instead for late Spring or early Fall. 


What extensions would you recommend?

If you’re traveling all the way to Italy for a one-week cruise then it makes sense to stick around and see a bit more of this evocative destination! We feature an extensive program of tailor-made Italy tours, all of which curated by our experienced and highly passionate Italy experts. From Naples you could easily travel up the coast by high-speed train to the Eternal City of Rome, perhaps continuing further to Florence and Tuscany, or flying across to Venice. Return visitors to Italy might also consider an in-depth exploration of Sicily, Puglia, Emilia Romagna, or the low Alpine scenery of the Dolomites.


Why book with Unforgettable Travel Co.

  • 100% Financial Protection

    We are a licensed and fully bonded tour operator financially protected by both the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL) and the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust (ABTOT). All clients that travel with us are fully financially protected.

  • Destination Experts

    Our travel experts live and breathe the destinations they specialise in. This shows in their passionate to create hand crafted trips for our clients. We don’t offer cookie cutter trips, just truly unforgettable journeys unlike any other.

  • The Best Guides

    What makes our trips extraordinary is the unique immersive experiences we include. We pride ourselves in our black book of sought after expert guides, game rangers and local contacts who believe in our philosophy, unforgettable.

  • We Care

    From the moment you book your trip, we are on hand 24/7 to assist you throughout your journey. With regional offices around the world, we have ground logistics teams on hand to help you every step of the way.