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Venice today! Sail-in was at around 8 o’clock, and Leon invited everyone to join him on the Lido deck while he did a commentary on what people were seeing. I gather that a great many passengers took him up on this, or tried to. In practice the available spaces along the rail were all taken shortly after 7 o’clock and this resulted in a lot of unhappy people disconsolately wandering behind the crowds looking for a space. We didn’t bother – we were having breakfast at the time. As it happens there is a good view from the Waterside buffet – indeed, just as good a view as out on the deck – so we got our “look, there’s St Mark’s Square!” moment.

Canal in Murano

A short while later we discovered that Ventura was one of seven cruise ships in port today. There were Costa Victoria and MSC Magnifica, Norwegian Jade, HAL’s Nieuw Amsterdam, a Voyager-class RCI ship, and one of Oceania’s R ships. For three of these (at least) Venice was the end point of the cruise and the start of the next one – the Costa, MSC and NCL ships, and possibly a couple of the others as well. This meant that there were a lot of newly-disembarked passengers struggling along with bags and looking for ways off Venice – more on this topic in a later post.

P&O’s transport arrangements were as follows: they were running a motor launch shuttle service from a point near the cruise terminal to St. Mark’s Square. This cost £15 per adult for unlimited daily use, so it was £30 per adult for the whole stay. Because Ventura was in a remote berth they were running a free shuttle bus from the ship to the launch pickup point, and this was handy for the Maritima station on the People Mover. Using this Piazzale Roma and the vaporettis were just a couple of minutes away.

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