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From: L'Austral cruise review

Day 8: Arrival in Venice

La Bella Vita in Venice

L'Austral was due to arrive at Venice's San Basilio terminal at 7:30 a.m. When we got up at 6:25 a.m. and looked outside, the ship was already passing the Riva dei Sette Martiri and the hotel barge La Bella Vita, a few hundred meters east of the Piazza San Marco.

Salute Church, Venice

Next up were the Piazzetta, with the Campanile di San Marco and the Doge's Palace, and the Salute Church and Dogana di Mare at the junction of the Grand Canal and the Giudecca Canal.

Giudecca Canal with Alilaguna and ACTV water buses

Redentore Festival footbridge under construction

Within minutes, we were cruising down the Giudecca Canal and past a half-completed pontoon footbridge that would cross the canal during the next weekend's Festa del Redentore.

Silver Spirit at San Basilio Cruise Terminal in Venice

Silversea's Silver Spirit (see our Silver Spirit cruise review) was already moored at the San Basilio pier.

San Basilio pier from L'Austral

L'Austral was tied up to the pier before we went down to breakfast.

Disembarkation from L'AUSTRAL

By 9 a.m., we'd reclaimed our passports, and our disembarkation group (independent travelers with grey luggage tags) was ready to disembark.

Captain Remy Genevaz and Hotel Director Eric Noir on L'AUSTRAL

Captain Rémy Genevaz and Eric Noir, the hotel director on L'Austral, were standing by the gangway to say farewell as we disembarked.

L'AUSTRAL at San Basilio pier

Luggage in San Basilio Cruise Terminal

After a backward glance at the ship, we went into the San Basilio terminal and claimed our luggage.

Hotel Arlecchino, Venice

Receptionist at Hotel Arlecchino

It was an easy 15-minute walk on quiet back streets to the Hotel Arlecchino next to the Piazzale Roma, where we'd catch an early-morning ATVO airport bus to Venice Marco Polo Airport the next day.

L'AUSTRAL in Venice, Italy

L'Austral and Silver Spirit at San Basilio pier, Venice, italy

Later in the afternoon, we passed the San Basilio pier on the No. 2 vaporetto and took these photos of L'Austral and Silver Spirit: two ships that we'd been lucky enough to cruise on within several months of each other.

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L'Austral Adriatic cruise - day by day
Day 1: Venice Departure
Day 2: Zadar
Day 3: Trogir
Day 4: Dubrovnik
Day 5: Mouth of Kotor, Mljet
Day 6: Hvar
Day 7: Rab
Day  8: Venice Arrival

Also see:
L'Austral cruise review (8 pages)