New in 2024:
Cruising in Venice: Port changes for 2024
The Italian government has banned all but the smallest cruise ships from central Venice. Most large ships now arrive and depart at Marghera (an industrial district) and other locations on the Italian mainland. However, you may be able to check in at a terminal in Venice's city center as before.
Also see: Venice Cruise Ports (with maps)
The Italian government announced in 2021 that all cruise ships (except small boutique ships and river vessels) were being banned from central Venice, including the existing cruise port.
The government's claimed long-term goal is to create a new artificial harbor and cruise port on the Adriatic at some unstated--and possibly imaginary--time in the future, with ships using the mainland industrial and petrochemical port of Marghera and the nearby car-passenger ferry terminal at (where work has begun on pier extensions and a new passenger terminal).
Fun fact, if you're entertained by government boondoggles: The Italian authorities have reportedly budgeted a staggeringto shift most cruise operations from Venice to the Venetian mainland.
What's happening in 2024:
So what does this mean for you if you were hoping to cruise from Venice on a medium-size or large passenger ship? That depends on whether your cruise ship meets the requirements for mooring in the city center.
Durant Imboden has
written about Venice, Italy since 1996.
He covered Venice and European travel at About.com for 4-1/2 years before launching
Europe for Visitors (including
Venice for Visitors) with Cheryl
Imboden in 2001.
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