Venice, Italy on departure day

Our plan arrives in Venice at 9:00 AM but our ship (HAL Oosterdam) does not leave until 9:00 PM. We can not check into our ship until 1:00 PM. This is our first time in Venice and we would like to see some of iit while there. Can anyone make a suggestion for us.

Thank you in addvance.

Tags: Venice Italy First time in Europe

8 Answers

here is a link for luggage storage in Venice Airport

In the airport you can buy a day pass for the water buss to get from the airport onto the island. The water bus is about 1/2 to 3/4 hour ride each way. If you only have a couple hours I'd suggest St. Marc's square.

I would really suggest a few days in Venice before or after your cruise. You already are paying the air travel so not much more to stay a few days. I spent a week in Venice last November and loved it. I want to go back and spend more time there.

Have a great cruise.

Just wanted to tell you that there is lot of shopping and restaurants right where the ships dock.

The company that stores and also transports your luggage to the cruise terminal is called Cooperative Trasbagagli Venezia They operate from the airport or at Piazzale Roma where there is a people mover (train) to the cruise terminal. If you leave your luggage at the airport, you can take the Alilaguna that goes directly by water to several places and then take a vaporetto that goes to Piazzale Roma where you can pick up your luggage.

Another option (cheaper) would be to take a bus to Piazzale Roma (leave your luggage with them (trasbagagli) and from there you can walk around in Venice to several places or take the vaporetto for one day.

here is a link you may find useful its to the Venice Cruise port APP there is a number of areas with useful information like what terminal our ship will birth on the day

Unfortunately, you are not going to have much time to enjoy Venice. A day or two extra is preferable. Hotels in Venice proper are pretty expensive but those on the mainland are not bad price wise, however you have to take the train or other means to get into town. We have found that quite a bit of walking is necessary there, even if one takes full advantage of the water taxis, not cheap. We use the guided shore excursions offered by the cruise line. One of our visits there involved a coach tour and no ship. My wife has arthritis in one knee which limits the amount and speed of walking she can accomplish so we are very careful in selecting shore itineraries. Even getting to the market from a ship at Marittima takes a bit of walking.

Most ships use the Marittima piers, closer yet to downtown is the San Basilica pier for smaller vessels. Our upcoming cruise in November is on the Pacific Princess and the same ship we took on a similar cruise two years ago, a small vessel, but they use the Marittima.

Our favorites so far have been gondola rides, strolling along the Grand Canal and visiting the St. Mark's Square with its Basilica, visiting the "Bridge of Sighs", taking a tour out to a glass factory on one of the outer islands, our most favorite was a night gondola ride we took two years ago, beginning with a wine and cheese treat. One tip about day gondola rides, check the tide levels, since the island is sinking it is difficult to maneuver the gondolas under the many bridges in the picturesque canals at high tide, but they take you anyway, and your money, though you spend most of the gondola tour out in the Grand Canal.


Can I ask if you’ve used this service before? I’m looking into utilizing the luggage transfer service, but am not sure how reliable it is.

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