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Continent: Europe. Country: Italy. City: Venice.

Cruising The Venetian Dream

By Flavia Gray, GoCruise

My own greatest journey has to be the first time I took my Mum and daughter on a cruise.  It was on Voyager of the Seas for a seven night Adriatic cruise from Venice on 6 August 2011.  Being with people experiencing a cruise for the first time is a joy in itself, however what really made this journey great was the Port of Venice. 

I had heard so much from friends and colleagues about just how beautiful it was to sail from Venice, but it is hard to believe what an incredible experience it really is, until you have done it yourself.

Sailing past the unmistakable Venetian skyline is something of a dream in itself.  However when you are docked in Venice, you can take a 10 minute walk (or train if you wish) to Piazzale Roma.  This is the main square and entrance to the city of Venice. The Vaporetto water bus has a station there and is the most convenient way to get around the city.  It is wheelchair accessible and there is always someone assisting passengers getting on and off.  You can buy a one day pass that will let you hop on and off wherever you like and as many times as you like.

We were very fortunate with our cruise itinerary, as we docked back into Venice and had one night in the port before our cruise finished.  This allowed us to take a leisurely stroll around the city without having to rush back for sailaway. 

If you are touring the city after your cruise, there is a convenient place in Piazzale Roma where you can store your luggage for the day if you have made your own flight arrangements. A bus service from the square that takes you to the Marco Polo airport, so it’s all very convenient and easy to navigate and fairly inexpensive. 

Venice itself is such an iconic city and when you are there it lives up to it’s reputation and more.  The intricate waterways, the quaint waterside restaurants and of course sights such as the Rialto Bridge, St Mark’s Square and the Bridge of Sighs.

Venice oozes culture and the byzantine architecture is simply jawdropping.  One of the highlights for me was walking into St Mark’s Square and seeing the incredibly ornate work on San Marco Basilica. The gable shows St. Mark with gold winged angels and an all gold winged lion underneath. You can buy art, an array of venetian masks and other souveniers from street sellers, and enjoy a coffee in one of the many coffee shops.  Don’t forget to try the local ice cream while you are there.  We visitied in August and with temperatures in the 90’s and clear blue sky, we welcomed the opportunity for some shade and an ice cold gelato to cool off with.

There are plenty of authentic Italian restaurants with covered seating on the pavements.  We sat down and enjoyed a delicious pizza with local wine and soaked up the atmosphere.  If you wish to eat on the water then you will pay a premium price for that.

 

After a wonderful day that I will never forget, we made our way back to the ship. Understandably, many of the guests ventured out again in the evening to enjoy Venice by night, but on this occasion we chose to stay onboard for the Venetian street party on the Royal Promenade.

Keywords: Adriatic Cruise, Voyager Of The Seas, Port Of Venice,