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Cruise ships to stop sailing to Venice?

Posted by scottishemma123 on December 12, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Today I read a number of articles that have stated that the residents of Venice and people who are responsible for the upkeep of the city are calling for a ban on cruise ships over fears that the ships wakes are causing unnessecary waves and therefore erosion of the foundations and buildings of the city. The mayor of Venice, Giorgio Orsoni, has suggested that Porto Maghera on the mainland of Italy be used as the main port for cruise ships visiting Venice instead.

This would put an end to cruise ships sailing past St. Marks Square, dwarfing the buildings and everything around them. I have previously cruised in and out of Venice a number of times and have really enjoyed the view it allows over the city as the ships are considerably larger than everything around them. I have never thought about the impact of the ships wake on the city and if the impact of the ships is enough to put this beautiful and truly unique city in dangers then I certainly back the proposals to move the port to Porto Maghera. If not being able to sail in and out of Venice and having to travel further from the ship to the centre of Venice will mean that the city can be preserved for longer then I absolutely support it. Venice is such an amazing place and I think that everything should be done in order to preserve it for as long as possible.

What do you think about cruise ships sailing in and out of Venice? Do you agree that they should be stopped in order to preserve the city?

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Reply Andy Jibson
2:04 PM on December 13, 2011 
I agree. I sailed into Venice in 2007 and found sailing into Venice was VERY VERY beautiful! I back their opinion. It is certainly better to help preserve the city in all its glory for future generations to enjoy!
Reply RCI fans
2:11 PM on December 13, 2011 
Great comment Andy! I would have to agree with you too. I've never been on a cruise to Venice, but visited the city itself in 2004. You may no longer have the great view if they decide to stop cruising into the city, but it is surely better to have this remarkable destination to explore, rather than losing the many historic features that are getting damaged.
Reply scottishemma123
6:07 PM on December 13, 2011 
Glad you agree Andy. The city is definitely worth preserving for future generations to enjoy as it is so unique. I hope more people feel the same way!