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Port Review: Venice

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Arrive in Style

We spent two nights before our cruise in Venice in order to explore this beautiful city staying at a lovely little hotel on Venice Island ideally situated 200m from the railway station just off the Grand Canal.  We arrived from the airport to our hotel by private water taxi.  I can’t recommend this highly enough, what a memorable way to start our holiday in style sailing through the Grand Canal arriving just 100m from our hotel. One of my friends commented “I feel like a film star”.

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Must See’s & Do’s in Venice

For culture vultures, Venice is packed with famous museums, art galleries and churches (in the churches your shoulders must be covered and no photographs are allowed).

St Mark’s Square is more magnificent than words can describe and the views across the canal are truly something to behold.  If your time in Venice is limited I would highly recommend that you do you research, make plans and get a good street map as there is so much to fit in to a short break.  Take some time to meander around the shops which are on every corner, leather goods in particular are very reasonable or take a trip to the islands of Murano for glassware and Burano for delicate lace.

No visit to Venice would be complete without a gondola ride. Even more enjoyable if you are lucky to get a handsome gondolier like we did!

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Cruising from Venice

I can’t imagine anywhere else in the world more magnificent to sail from than Venice. The best side of the ship to be on sailing out is port side and in to Venice starboard side.  You will get a chance to see whole of Venice with uninterrupted views high up from the ship.  I was amazed at how close to St Mark’s Square you get. 

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My Top Tip!

If you are on a cruise sailing into Venice in the morning, set your alarm clock early to catch a glimpse of Venice that you will never imagine to see.  The memory of the sail into Venice and seeing St Mark’s Square at sunrise with no crowds of people is one that I will treasure forever. 



Angela Lafferty, Product Executive


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