VENICE CRUISE SHIP PORT: Sailing Out of Venice in Pictures

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Venice, Italy

What’s it like to sail out of Venice cruise ship port? When it’s time to set sail for an experienced cruiser, I’ll admit that it’s particularly easy to feel somewhat jaded. “I’ve done so many of these before.  What could be different?” But sailing out of Venice cruise ship port while on board MSC Preziosa by MSC Cruises was like no other sail away I’ve ever experienced.

Why There’s Pressure to End Cruise Ships in Venice

With increasing pressure to save the environment as well as the architecture of Venice, the government has tried to decrease the number of large cruise ships sailing through Saint Mark’s basin and the Guidecca canal. It looks as though the ban on cruise ships weighing more than 96,000 tons will be blocked as of 2015 although the new cruise ship route has yet to be determined. To say I was ecstatic to sail on probably one of the last sailings through Venice is an understatement. 

Why A Sail Away in Pictures

It was, however, the cumulative effect of bridges, canals, architecture, colors, smells, and more that made the sail away as unique as the city of Venice.Click To Tweet

While I could spend hours talking about the history of Venice, all of the historical sights one might see on sail away out of Venice, etc. I am simply presenting to you my sail away in pictures with only an occasional word of commentary. It wasn’t one particular moment or building that I saw that made this sail away special. It was, however, the cumulative effect of bridges, canals, architecture, colors, smells, and more that made the sail away as unique as the city of Venice.

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to take a look at my time lapse video of the sail away on the Travel Shop Girl YouTube channel here

Venice is such a unique city unto itself and so completely than other cities in Italy like for example, Florence, Bari or San Marino. Never heard of it? Neither did I. Do a little research and figure out how to get to San Marino, but for now we’re back in Venice.

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A tugboat called Vanna
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The beginning of sail away
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The color is so Venice
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I spot Santa Maria della Salute and St. Mark’s Campanile in the distance
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People lined up along the edges of Venice to wave goodbye to us

Santa Maria della Salute

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A close up of Santa Maria della Salute
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Santa Maria della Salute
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Santa Maria della Salute and St Mark’s Campanile

St. Mark’s Campanile

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St Mark’s Campanile
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Looking over a neighborhood in Venice

The Money Shot

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Sailing by Venice

This image will probably stand as one of my most favorite shots. It’s not perfect, but it encaptures everything from this experience for me.

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Sculpture at the top of the Punta della Dogana di Mare

Saint Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace

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Saint Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace
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Saint Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace
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Ferry in Venice

Bridges and Canals

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One of many bridges and canals we passed in Venice
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Another canal as we depart Venice, Italy
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Now for a close up of the intricate detail of the pedestrian bridges
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Random structure as we near our final stretch out of Venice
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How do those goats get up there?

Leaving Venice

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Almost completely out of Venice now
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Campers at the beach

Sail Away and Beyond

It took about one hour for us the entire process of sailing out of Venice cruise ship port and then before we knew it, we were out to sea and onto our first port of call: Bari, Italy.  

Have you had the chance to sail out of Venice cruise ship port? What did you think? Do you think they’re making too much of a big deal or not and why? Let me know in the comments below.

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