Ahhh, Venice! The city that floats on the water. A tourist attraction unlike no other and a popular cruise liner port. That now comes to an end.
The city government has passed a resolution that will no longer allow cruise ships into the cities lagoon and now, they will need to find a new place to dock their ships. The city cited over tourism as one of the reasons. 100’s of cruises disembark the large ships and pour into the streets of a fragile system.
In addition, the ships are said to take away from the beauty and charm of the city itself and for once, I would have to agree. Venice is gorgeous and the rich traditional structures are often dwarfed by giant cruise liners.
In 2019, a cruise ship Opera hit a pleasure barge injuring several people. There had been an ongoing push by many in the region to have the ships banned from the waters. Protesters have been out in force since the incident occurred. Now, they get their wish.
The cruise industry will need to find somewhere else to dock the ship and then ferry the passengers into the city or bypass Venice altogether. Will it hurt the tourism industry in Venice? That’s a good question and initially, it may but Venice will always remain a big draw for international travels.
Last year, Key West passed a similar law prohibiting large cruise liners from docking at the southernmost U.S. town. Ships are now bypassing the former port of call entirely.