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European Waterways’ New and Exclusive ‘Venetian Lagoon’ Island-Hopping Cruise Explores the Smaller Islands of Historic Venice Lagoon

La Bella Vita in VeniceWhile large cruise ships are banned from entering the famous Venice Lagoon to protect its fragile infrastructure, the Giudecca Canal – one of Europe’s most celebrated canals – and the Venice waterfront remain accessible to smaller vessels that include European Waterways’ 20-passenger luxury hotel barge, La Bella Vita. (more…)

Italy Proceeds With Large Ship Ban in Venice From Aug. 1

Aerial view of the Venice port (Courtesy VTP)The Italian cabinet has approved a decree banning large cruise ships from Venice. According to a press release on the official website of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, from Aug. 1, large ships will no longer be able to reach Venice through the San Marco Basin, the San Marco Canal and the Giudecca Canal. (cruiseindustrynews.com)

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The truth about cruise ships in Venice

Aerial view of the Venice port (Courtesy VTP)It was the story that made waves around the world: cruise ships banned from Venice. On March 31, the Italian government issued a decree that would see cruise ships and large commercial vessels banned from the Venetian lagoon, and calling for tenders to be sought to construct a new port outside the lagoon. (edition.cnn.com)

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Will cruise ships return to Venice?

Aerial view of the Venice port (Courtesy VTP)“Work! Work! Work!” shout the baggage handlers, ship cleaners and port security guards protesting on the steps of Venice’s Santa Lucia train station. The protest formed quickly and without warning – a flash mob, designed to call urgent attention to the 6,000 Venetians who rely on the cruise industry for work. After 15 minutes they are gone. (bbc.com)

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Italian Cruise Ships Plan to Steer Clear of Venice

MSC Musica in VeniceWhen Italian cruise ships begin sailing again this weekend, one stop they won’t be making is Venice. Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, Venice was a popular cruise stop — its cobblestone streets swelled with approximately 32,000 passengers each day between April and October. (travelandleisure.com)

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Venice Floods Force Cruise Ships to Reroute

Aerial view of the Venice port (Courtesy VTP)Record-breaking floods have left much of Venice under water, forcing cruise ships to forgo scheduled calls on the city. Cruise Critic member eternalspira, who is currently onboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Spirit, posted two letters from the cruise line, informing passengers of the ship’s changing itinerary. (cruisecritic.co.uk)

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Venice becomes the front line in the battle against overtourism

Strolling down a tiny street in Venice’s San Marco district, a couple pauses in front of a hand-crafted leather goods stall, one of hundreds of “authentically Venetian” shops lining the cobblestone streets of the city’s tourist thoroughfares. Holding hands, they stop to embrace in front of the famed Grand Canal. (edition.cnn.com)

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Venice protests against huge cruise ships

The Viking Sea in Venice (Courtesy Viking Ocean Cruises)After a 275-meter cruise ship crashed into a tourist boat, Venice residents have demanded that the giant vessels stay away. The issue of cruise liners sailing Venice’s Giudecca Canal has long been a point of tension. Around 5,000 residents of the northern Italian city of Venice on Saturday protested against the presence of cruise ships in the busy Giudecca Canal, following a ship accident earlier in the week. (dw.com)

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Venice cruise ship crash sparks protests, backlash

Venice cruise ship crash sparks protests, backlash (CBS This Morning)

A collision on a busy canal in Venice is sparking new calls for banning cruise ships in the area. On Sunday the MSC Opera cruise liner lost control – the massive ship unable to stop. On the dock, people fled as the towering, 13-deck-high vessel, its horn blaring, grinded into a much smaller river boat and a crowded pier. Five people were hurt. Seth Doane reports. (CBS This Morning)

Banksy crashes Venice Biennale with street stall

Street artist Banksy appears to have turned up unannounced at the Venice Biennale, and may have even been kicked out of one of the city’s most famous piazzas for running a stall without a permit. Banksy posted a short video on his verified Instagram account showing a man with a series of paintings depicting a huge cruise ship looming over the Italian city, before local police appear to move him on. (edition.cnn.com)

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CLIA Weighs in on Proposed Venice Visitor Tax

VeniceCruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has expressed disappointment in a new proposed tax on day visitors to Venice’s historic city center. “CLIA and its members are disappointed that the Italian Government supported the proposal to introduce a local entrance tax for visitors to Venice in its recent budget bill,” the organization said in a statement shared with Travel Agent.

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