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Venice for Cruisers (2019)

How to reach your ship, hotels near the Marittima and San Basilio cruise terminals, roundtrip cruises from Venice, cruise reviews, and more.


ABOVE: NCL's Norwegian Jade leaves Venice on its way to the Adriatic Sea.

August, 2019 news alert:

  • The Italian government has proposed moving large cruise ships from the Marittima cruise basin to distant terminals on the Italian mainland. (This wouldn't affect small to midsize ships.) Details are still sketchy. For an up-to-date information on your ship's mooring location, contact your cruise line or ask your travel agent to do it for you.

If you're ready to cruise:
Top 3 Tips for Venice Cruisers
Venice Cruise Terminals
Arriving: Transportation from your ship
Departing: Transportation to your ship
People Mover (Piazzale Roma to Marittima cruise piers)
Mestre for Venice Cruise Passengers (Venice Travel Blog)
Santa Marta pier (river vessels)

If you need a hotel near the pier:
Venice Cruise Terminal Hotels (article)
17 Hotels Near Cruise Ships

If you're thinking about a cruise:
Roundtrip Cruises from Venice
NCL Norwegian Jade Cruise Review (Venice to Venice)
Uniworld River Countess Cruise Review (Venice to Venice)
European Waterways Barge Cruise Review (Venice to Venice)
Compagnie du Ponant Cruise Review (Venice to Venice)
MSC Cruise Review (Venice to Venice)

More Venice cruising resources:
Baggage Storage - Left Luggage
Baggage Porters
Large Satellite Map - Port of Venice
Molino Stucky Hilton: Airport and Cruise Port Transportation
The Truth about Cruise Ships in Venice (Venice Travel Blog)

If you're cruising to or from Rome:
Civitavecchia - Port of Rome

Our European cruising site:
Europe for Cruisers

Important tips:

  • The Port of Venice often provides free shuttle buses from the Piazzale Roma (where land taxis and Venice airport buses discharge passengers) to the pier and back. The buses are coaches with luggage space underneath, and they typically run at half-hour intervals from the time the ship disembarks one batch of passengers until boarding of new passengers is complete. Check with your cruise line to learn if a shuttle will be available.

  • If you're staying in Venice before or after your cruise, we strongly urge you to read Venice Cruise Terminal Hotels before choosing a hotel location.

  • Do not assume that your cruise-travel agent knows Venice: We often get panicky e-mails from cruisers who have been booked into hotels that are a long distance on foot (or a painfully expensive water-taxi ride) from the cruise piers.

More transportation advice:

Arriving in Venice
How to reach the city by plane, train, car, or ship, with links to articles on airport transportation and related topics.

Getting Around Venice
An introduction to Venice's water transportation system, with links to articles on vaporetti, gondolas, traghetto ferries across the Grand Canal, etc.

Accessible Venice
If you use a wheelchair, can't walk long distances, or have trouble with steps (e.g., on bridges), read this article before you arrive in Venice. The article includes links to special maps and other local resources in English.

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