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Venice to limit cruise ship traffic

Posted by RCI fans on November 5, 2013 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Venice will begin to limit large cruise ship traffic in the Venice lagoon. 

The local goverment has announced that form November 2014, ships larger than 96,000 gross tonnes will be banned from the lagoon.

The controversy over large ships sailing along the Giudecca Canal has been going on for some years. It is only after recent protests by Venice residents and environmentalists, that the government has started to take action.

Environmentalists are concerned about the damage caused by increasing cruise ship traffic to one of the world's most iconic and magical destinations.

The Italian Prime Minister, Enrico Letta, met with transport and culture ministors as well as the governor of the Veneto region, Luca Zaia. He approved plans to limit or shut down cruise ship traffic in parts of the Venice lagoon and near the city's famous Saint Mark's Square. 

In a statement, the mayor of Venice, Giorgio Orsoni, said "Finally the trend towards gigantic ships in the lagoon has been turned around. We've had enough of these mega cruise ships just metres away from San Marco, from now on there will be clear limits on the size of ships that can enter Venice."

From January 2014, cruise ship traffic in front of Saint Mark's Square will be limited. November 2014, will see cruise ships over 96,000GT completly banned from the canal. Cruise ships will have to avoid the Guidecca Canal and sail around the lagoon to reach the port in the north of the city. 

Azamara kicks off free excursions promotion

Posted by RCI fans on November 5, 2013 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Azamara Club Cruises, part of the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Ltd family, has kicked off a new promotion which offers guests free shore excursions when the book select 2014 sailings in the Mediterranean. 

Guests who book an Azamara cruise from now until December 15th, will be able to choose from one of three 'Land Discoveries' tours per port. 

The promotion is available on both Azamara Quest and Azamara Journey.