Venice is one of the
busiest cruise ports in the Mediterranean, with nearly 500 ship departures and
700,000 cruise passengers per year. Technically, however, it isn't on the
Mediterranean at all, or even on the sea; The city and its cruise-ship piers are
inside the Venetian Lagoon, which is connected
to the Adriatic Sea by a narrow entrance called the Porto di Lido.
The Terminal Venezia Passeggeri or
Venice Cruise Terminal
is located near the 4-km causeway that links the historic city with the
mainland. It consists of two main areas: the
basin, which can handle the largest ships that call in Venice, and the
San Basilio pier, which is just around the
corner in the Giudecca Canal.
ABOVE: In this Google satellite map, you can
easily see the parking island of Tronchetto and the U-shaped Stazione Marittima
cruise basin. The San Basilio cruise pier is just to the right of the Marittima
basin, above the entrance to the Giudecca Canal (bottom of photo). For a full-page satellite map with more
information, click here.
If you're departing from Venice and haven't arranged transfers
through the cruise line, you'll need to know where your ship is moored. You can
obtain this information from the English-language ship and ferry schedules at
the Terminal Venezia Passeggeri Web site. (See links on
Once you've identified the basin where your ship will be
berthed, see our Marittima or
San Basilio page for information on how to reach the ship by free shuttle
bus, by taxi, or by other means.
Embarkation arrangements can vary according to your cruise line, where
the ship is berthed, whether you're handling your own transfers, and when
you arrive at the port. Check with your cruise line ahead of time if you're
uncertain about the embarkation procedure.
cruise terminals do have left-luggage (baggage storage) offices. When we
last checked, hours were 9 a.m. to noon and 3-5 p.m., but opening hours are
likely to vary by season or even by day, so check ahead with the port (see
page 4) if you
absolutely need to store and retrieve your luggage on a certain day.
If you want to store baggage in the city before going to the cruise
terminal, look for the deposito bagagli, or left-luggage office, in
the Piazzale Roma opposite the ACTV ticket office (next to the Pullman Bar).
Alternatively, you can try the deposito bagagli office in the
Venice Marco Polo Airport arrivals hall or in the Venice Santa Lucia
Railroad Station. See our
Venice Left Luggage article for more
Important: We can't vouch for the hours of deposito bagagli
offices on any given day. If knowing this information is critical, you'll
need to check with the offices themselves ahead of time.
Finally, if you're arriving or departing on a river ship, such as
Uniworld's River Countess or CroisiEurope's Michelangelo,
your ship is most likely to use the Santa
Marta pier next to San Basilio. (Check ahead of time to be sure.)
If you're staying overnight in Venice before or
after your cruise:
Hotel location is important in Venice, and you'll save time,
money, and hassle by staying at a hotel that's convenient to your ship.
For advice on where to stay, browse our
Venice Cruise Terminal Hotels
article or--if you're in a hurry--see
8 Hotels Near Venice Cruise Ships.