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Venice’s Ban on Giant Cruise Ships Forcing Itinerary Adjustments

With Venice banning massive cruise ships from its port earlier this month, a number of cruise traces have began informing passengers of the next adjustments to their Italian itineraries.

In response to CruiseCritic.com, earlier plans to ban bigger vessels from Venice’s iconic Lagoon had been quietly dropped, however the newest shutdown was influenced by UNESCO’s threats so as to add the historic space to its checklist of endangered heritage cities.

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With massive cruise ships prohibited from calling on the Venice Cruise Terminal, corporations can be pressured to divert sailings to different ports, together with Marghera or Trieste.

Because of this, Royal Caribbean beforehand introduced it will start deploying Rhapsody of the Seas from Ravenna, Italy, round 88 miles south of Venice. Passengers onboard the Azamara Quest have additionally revealed they’re calling on Trieste as a substitute of Venice.

Different cruise traces serving the area are anticipated to announce adjustments within the coming weeks.

Whereas the newest ruling bans bigger cruise ships, river cruise vessels are nonetheless permitted in Venice, as Uniworld’s La Venezia remains to be scheduled to spend a number of days within the metropolis earlier than touring on the Po River.

In June, MSC Orchestra grew to become the primary cruise ship to make the passage by way of Venice’s well-known canal because the begin of the pandemic, regardless of pleas from locals and authorities officers to reroute bigger vessels because of security and environmental issues.

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