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 PicturesIt 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.
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.
Santa Maria della Salute
St. Mark’s Campanile
The Money Shot
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.
Saint Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace
Bridges and Canals
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.