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From: L'Austral cruise review

Day 1: Venice Departure (3)


While we waited to leave the San Basilio terminal, a much larger ship--Costa Fascinosa--passed us in the Giudecca Canal. The 3,780-passenger megaship dwarfed L'Austral, the water bus in the foreground, and even the Hilton Molino Stucky hotel (right side of photo).

Thompson Majesty

Another large ship, Thomson Majesty, followed Costa Fascinosa up the canal several minutes later.

Silver Wind from L'Austral

In the meantime, we waited our turn at the pier with Silversea's Silver Wind moored ahead of us.

Departure from San Basilio cruise terminal in Venice

We went topside to Deck 7 in time for L'Austral's 7 p.m. departure.

Tugboat NEPTUN in Venice

A tugboat was already waiting to escort L'Austral from the San Basilio pier to the Venetian Lagoon's deepwater ship channel.

Adriatic Jet hydrofoil in Venice

Up ahead, the excursion boat Adriatic Jet of Adriatic Lines was departing Venice for Istria in Croatia (a trip that would require only 2½ hours on the high-speed hydrofoil boat).

Alilaguna airport boat

On our way up the Giudecca Canal, we crossed paths with an Alilaguna airport boat that was on its way to the Zattere waterbus pier and the Marittima ship basin.

It wasn't long until we were cruising into St. Mark's Basin, passing the Campanile di San Marco (the bell tower at left) and the Doge's Palace on our way toward the Adriatic Sea.

Note: It usually takes a cruise ship between 45 and 60 minutes to travel frm the pier to the open sea, depending on where the ship is moored. The best scenery is in the first 30 minutes or so, when the ship cruises up the Giudecca Canal and along the waterfront between San Marco and the tip of Venice's historic center at Sant'Elena.

After passing the Doge's Palace, L'Austral cruised along the rive or pedestrian promenades that run from San Marco to Venice's public gardens and beyond. Along the way, we took this photo of a yacht and the CroisiEurope river vessel Michelangelo.

ACTV motonave

As always, the waters between central Venice and the Lido were busy with boat traffic. Here, you can see a motonave of Venice's ACTV transit agency heading for the waterbus station at San Zaccaria Pietà.

Couple on L'Austral

The day was warm, and many passengers stayed on deck to enjoy the views--or, in some cases, the comforting arms of papa:

Father and baby on L'Austral

ACTV car ferry

As we cruised by the Lido di Venezia, we encountered an ACTV car ferry--one of several that run back and forth between the Lido (Venice's resort island and dormitory suburb) and a pier near the Tronchetto parking garage.

Port of Vencie pilot boat

Just before 7:45 p.m. (about 40 minutes after we'd left the pier), a pilot boat  collected the pilota.

Entrance to Venice Lagoon

A few minutes later, L'Austral passed through the mouth of the Venetian Lagoon and entered the Adriatic Sea.

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L'Austral photos
Ship tour

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)