The picture above was taken by us during a recent Mediterranean voyage which ended in Venice. You can see the balcony railing on the left which gives a perspective of how close the ship passed the heart of Venice. We were just about to pass St. Mark's Square as this image was captured.
Earlier this week, news surfaced about a law that was under review by the Italian Parliament which would give the city council powers over the city and surrounding waters. This bill, under review of an environmental committee, was developed to safeguard Venice and the lagoon.
Those in support of the legislation would call for ships over 30,000 tons to be required to moor outside the lagoon. Unfortunately, there currently isn't an alternative solution to docking at the cruise terminal at the end of the Grand Canal, so nothing has been changed to date.
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There are those that say cruise passengers spend little money in Venice during their stays, so they question the value of the passengers to their economy.
One thing is for certain, something needs to be done to protect Venice for generations to come and also safeguard the workers whose livelihood depends on tourism. We will continue to watch this story as it develops.
Meanwhile we suggest you plan a cruise to Venice as soon as you can before changes are made that prevent you from having the experience of sailing into Venice. It is an experience that you will cherish for the rest of your life. Seeing the canals from the ship is truly a unique perspective.