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Venice finally over big ship cruising

June 30, 2020 Headline News No Comments Email Email

It will be interesting to see cruise itineraries in the post coronavirus era – Venice probably won’t be included for instance.

The monster ships in particular face an increasingly hostile future as residents of smaller, more intimate destinations react to over-tourism.
Royal Caribbean is advising passengers booked on cruises departing from Venice next summer that they will now depart from the town of Ravenna, located roughly 143 km to the south.
According to Cruise Critic, the future of cruising has been the subject of much debate even before the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic that has wreaked havoc across the travel industry. “From last year’s much-publicised crash of MSC Opera into the Uniworld river cruise ship River Countess to issues surrounding flooding, reports of Venice banning ships, and ongoing debates surrounding mass-tourism in the famous destination, cruises to and from Venice were already on rocky footing.”
Royal Caribbean will be offering booked passengers complimentary transportation from Venice Marco Polo Airport to the ship and back. The line also intends to make private transfers available to passengers in addition to the complimentary shuttle at prevailing rates listed for transfers from Venice Airport to the pier in Venice. It seems Royal Caribbean’s decision wasn’t entirely unexpected.
“We have cruised twice out Venice and it’s awesome but the writing has been on the wall for a while,” one Cruise Critic member wrote.  “Expect other cruise lines to follow. The locals do not want the ships cruising from Venic
It is a big loss losing Venice,” said another. “But not one that is unexpected when the sentiment in the city is strongly against the over tourism that has engulfed it.  Cruise ships are only a part of that but they are more visible (as well as the potential damage to the canals). Times change unfortunately.”

Edited by Ian McIntosh

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