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The Port of Venice

This page exists to hold the map (below) showing the layout of the various berths – it’s linked to my ‘Port Resource’ page. With Ventura doing fly-cruises in the Mediterranean and with Venice being one the possible embarkation ports, I think there will be questions on the topic of the ‘how do I get to the ship?’ and  hopefully this page will be a help. (Of course, if you’ve bought the P&O flights/transfers you may not need this – but it might be handy anyway for day visits & calls.)

First, though, I ought to mention that the best resource for Venice anywhere on the web is ‘Venice for Visitors‘. It’s comprehensive and it’s very, very good. This page is really an adjunct to that site.

Right – onto other stuff. Here’s the map of the cruise terminal area, which I downloaded from the ‘Venezia Terminal Passageri‘ site:

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Now for some points:

  • You can get buses from the airport or from the mainland generally, but they only go as far as Piazzale Roma. From there you’ve got to make your own way to the cruise terminal. There are taxis in Piazzale Roma, but they’re looking for fares back to the airport or to Mestre (a town with hotels on the mainland) and I can’t imagine that a taxi would be prepared to do the short run to the main cruise terminal other than at an extortionate rate;
  • Of course you can arrive by taxi from the airport or from Mestre and they can take you all the way to the cruise terminal. I haven’t done this so I don’t have a truly accurate idea of the fare, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it was around €30.
  • Or you can arrive by train from Mestre, into Santa Lucia station. Trains from Mestre are frequent, cheap, and take only a few minutes. However, after arriving you’ve got to get from the station to the ship. Be aware that there is an unavoidable bridge across the Grand Canal between the station and Piazzale Roma, and you’ve got to carry your luggage across it. There are no taxis at the station.
  • Once you’ve got to Piazzale Roma by far the easiest way to get to the terminals is to use the People Mover. This costs €1 per person. It’s shown on the map as a green line running from Piazzale Roma to Tronchetto. You take it from Piazzale Roma to the first station – Marittima. This is shown half-way along it – it’s the point where the green line splits into two and then joins back together. The People Mover operates at first-floor level, and there are lifts at each station that’ll need to use if you’ve got big bags.
  • Once you emerge from the People Mover at Marittima you’re very close to the main cruise terminals. However, we don’t at the moment know which terminal(s) Ventura will be using in 2014. At weekends the principal terminals – 103, 106 & 107 on the map, in green – are used by Costa, MSC and NCL, all of which run 7-night cruises out of Venice beginning on Saturday and Sunday. Ventura’s cruises will start on Wednesday, so hopefully P&O will be able to use these central terminals. I do know, however, that when we visited Venice on Ventura in 2011 she was berthed at 117, possibly even down towards 123, and that was quite a walk from the People Mover – a good 10 minutes, IIRC. We won’t know the answers to this point until May 2014, of course.

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