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Marittima cruise piers

ABOVE: A busy day in Venice's Marittima ship basin, as viewed from the hotel barge La Bella Vita.

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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 Marittima 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.

Place your cursor on any location and click to zoom in for a close-up view:

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 page 4.) 

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.

Please note:

  • 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.

  • photoThe 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 links on 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 details.

  • 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.

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In this article:
Venice Cruise Terminals
Marittima Basin
San Basilio Pier
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Also see:
Santa Marta pier (river vessels)
Large Satellite Map - Port of Venice
Transportation to the cruise port (departing passengers)
Transportation from the cruise port (arriving passengers)

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