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Looking for a cruise departing from Venice?
As of August 1, cruise ships over 25,000 tons will not be able to sail directly into Venice and dock on the island of Venice.
The average cruise ship is 100,000 tons, so that knocks out all of them.
So, if your cruise departs from ‘Venice’, buuuuut, cruise ships aren’t allowed in Venice, where do you go to get on and off the ship?
And how will you get to spend any time in Venice?
Welp, the ship may have to dock in one of three places nearby – Port Marghera, 10 minutes away.
Monfalcone, about an hour and a half away, or Trieste about 2 hours away.
New port facilities at Marghera will be completed by the end of 2021, so hopefully all 2022 Venice cruises will easily on and offboard from there, and then are FERRIED into downtown Venice.
Royal Caribbean replaced it’s Venice departures with the city of Ravenna, which is about 90 miles south of Venice.
You can purchase transfers from Royal if you wish, or train, bus, taxi it on your own.
( This is what it’s like in Rome. Cruises to Rome actually dock in Civitavecchia, about 1 and ½ hours out of Rome, so you have to bus, taxi or train yourself to Rome. And it works.
So, everyone will get used to this too, it’s just definitely not as convenient as it once was. )
Trieste is a lovely town. If your ship docks there – as all COSTA cruises will and many MSC cruises- you’re in luck, as you can walk off the ship and be right by the old-town city center with lots to see and do.
In 2012 Lonely Planet listed the city of Trieste as the world’s most underrated travel destination.
Bari and Brindisi are located in the south of Italy, so they are much farther than Venice.
Ancona is located on the Eastern side of the Italian boot, only about 2 hours further south than Venice.
(So you can drive there from Stuttgart in about 9 hours and 15 minutes.)
**In January through March, there are a few cruises to the Eastern Med, but they depart from Western Med ports like Barcelona and Rome, and thus are usually 10 days or more, since it takes that long to cruise all the way to the Eastern Mediterranean and back.
Eastern Mediterranean ports include:
Greece – Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, Katakolon, Corfu, Iraklion and Chania (Crete), Rhodes, Igoumenitsa, Argostolion
Italy: Venice, Trieste, Bari, Brindisi, Ancona, Ravenna, Geggio Calabria, Corigliano Calabro
Croatia: Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar