Looks like Venice will be off the table for most cruise ships

I see that effective Aug 01 Venice will not be allowing large cruise ships toi port there. That will force some itinerary changes. I see that NCL had plans to port the Gem there in 2022 but that will obviously need to change unless they do everything via tender or a new port outside the city would need to be opened. According to the below article, the ban applies to ships weighing more than 25,000 tons or longer than 180 meters (530 feet).

Smallest NCL ship (Spirit) is 75,904 ton and 268 meters (884 feet)
Smallest RCL ship is Grandeur at 73,000 ton
Smallest Carnival ship is Ecstacy at 70,000 ton


4 Answers

Yeh there was a whole documentary about the attempts of the VENETIANS to keep the city from going completely under water...Claims the cruise ships are making it worse. who knows??

I guess they weathered without cruise ships during the Covid shutdown better than other places. Therefore they don't think they need the cruise ship tourist dollars.Surprised

Hard to believe isn't it? Love to have been a fly on the wall during THAT decision.

If ships port at the mainland then tourist can take a water Taxi or the water bus in like you do when you fly in. I enjoyed the boat ride out to the island when I stayed in Venice, I think it was only about 20 or 30 minute ride. I can see the point that cruise ships just take out some of the charm of the island city for them to be in the background and going down the Grand Canal.

If you have never visited Venice, It is one of my favorite cities to visit, we spent a week there and it was not enough time to see all it has to offer. No place like Venice at night walking along the Canals. We left Venice at 5 am for an early flight. We took a water Taxi. It was cold, dark and raining, it was beautiful, the wet walk way and lights reflecting off the water and off the canals. Since it was 5 AM our driver took small back canals to get out to the lagoon and open up to full speed as quick as he could, It was a lot of fun.


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