Venice (Italy)

Cruise Port schedule, map, terminals, news

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Region
Mediterranean - Black Sea

Local Time
14:29 24 Jul 2017

Address
13 Santa Maria Fabbricato,30123 Venezia, Italy

  Port Map

Venice cruise port is the connection of Central Europe with the Middle East and North Africa. It is situated at the intersection of main sea corridors in Europe: Adriatic – Baltic Corridor, Mediterranean Sea Corridor and Helsinki – Valletta Corridor.

venice cruise port

Port Venice (officially Porto di Venezia) is a seaport serving northeastern Italy. The port is the country's 8th largest commercial port and also among the largest and most important in southern Europe (Mediterranean Sea) concerning the cruise tourism sector. As cargo volumes, in 2006 the port handled around 30,937 million tons of freight and over 1,453 million passengers (ferry and cruise).

Port Venice is the largest Mediterranean cruise port by passenger volumes. However, due to environmentalist campaigns (since COncordia's sinking in 2012) to stop largest cruise liners in Venice (vessels over 10 decks high) Port Venice started progressively to lose ship calls. In 2017, their number dropped from 529 (in 2016) to 470. Cruise passenger numbers were down with 11,4% (to around 1,4 million, which lead to a corresponding income fall. Since the mid 1990s, cruise ship tourism is an important income source for the city and its citizens.

  • Environmentalists demand larger cruise vessels to Venice to stop navigating along Guidecca Canal to reach the port, as the route takes them within just 300 m (1000) ft of Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square).
  • Besides the visual impact, other concerns are the damage caused by marine diesel engine pollution and the vessels' water displacement. New port regulations will require cruise ships to reduce emissions by switching to lower-sulphur fuel before entering Venice Lagoon.
  • The controversy over whether cruise ships should be allowed into Venice were heightened right after Costa Concordia ship's capsizing near Giglio Island. Following the accident, the government issued a law banning cruise liners with gross tonnage over 96,000 GT from navigating the Guidecca Canal. The number of smaller cruise vessels  (over 40,000 GT) along the channel was limited to 5 per day. In 2014, this law came into effect, just to be thrown out 2 months later by the Venice Court of Appeal.
  • In mid-June, 2017, over 18,000 Venetians voted in unofficial referendum about banning large cruise vessels that navigate near St Mark Square. Activists set up a total of 60 polling booths, where 17,874 citizens voted to eject the ships which produce waves shaking the city's wooden foundations.

MOSE - Venice flood barrier project

MOSE project is designed to protect Venice and Venetian Lagoon from flooding caused by high tides (up to 3 m / 10 ft). The integrated system consists of rows of large mobile gates at 3 inlets (Lido, Malamocco and Chioggia) through which Adriatic Sea water enters and leaves the Venetian Lagoon.

These gates are able to temporarily isolate the lagoon from the sea during high tides as they open and close separately thus controlling the water flow.

In the Mose system's control centre is in Venice’s Arsenal, where 9 people constantly monitor the lagoon's conditions. The monitoring staff's training started in 2011 by simulating real-time flood defence operations. During that period was also collected data about water levels, waves, water pressure, fresh river flood.

  • Flooding due high tides mires Venice during winter months. During high tide forecasts, sirens all over the city sound a warning, and real-time information is provided (online and via mobile phones). Other measures are setting up temporary elevated platforms in city parts with heavy pedestrian traffic.
  • High tides usually last 2 1/2 hours.
  • Venice's flood of November 4 1966, saw water leavels reaching up to 194 cm (6 ft). This was the end of the agriculture in the lagoon and also resulted in the death of the majority of its plants. Previously, the lagoon was a winemaking region.
  • The Mose barrier concept was first proposed in 1988.
  • The consortium Venezia Nuova was contracted by Italy's Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport.
  • Construction works (simultaneously at all 3 lagoon inlets) started in 2003.
  • The project also included other anti-flood measures - coastal reinforcement, raising quaysides, lagoon's improvement.
  • The project was 85% completed in 2014. In 2016, the gates arrived and were inserted into their concrete foundations.
  • The project's total cost is EUR 5,4 billion (GBP 3,9 billion). Completion is scheduled sometime between 2018-2020.
  • Construction works on the MOSE system were slowed due to investigations into corruption, with allegations of bribery and illegal political parties financing. The investigation resulted in 35 arrests (in June 2014). Among the arrested was the Consorzio Venezia Nuova's former president, who was accused of diverting funds to Venice's mayor for financing his campaign for office in 2010.
  • Construction works included pre-building concrete foundations (23,000 tons each), then lowering them into the lagoon. Gates have spares (for each inlet), which allows to be removed every 5 years (for maintenance) without interrupting the barrier's service. All hinges on the gates are equipped with a waterproof camera that permits removal operations to be accurately monitored and controlled.
  • The commercial harbor is impacted each time the gates are lifted. The amount of electricity used for the operations is also considerable.
  • Venice City was established in the 7th century as a cluster of all 124 island settlements.


Highlights: Canals, St Mark's Square, Doge's Palace, Gondolas

Venice cruise terminal

The Port of Venice is the leader not only in one traffic segment. It is the leader Mediterranean cruise port and main cargo port. The cruises starting from Venice have mainly three directions – the Adriatic Sea, the Aegean Sea and Turkey.

Venice cruise port map (printable)

The Venice Cruise Port Terminal (VCT or Terminal Venezia Passeggeri) is the 3rd busiest cruise port in Europe and the 13th in the world. Each year the Port of Venice hosts thousand cruise ships and more than a million passengers. The port is located at the end of Venice (the road to the continental Italy, at the 4th km). It is not directly located on the Mediterranean.

venice cruise terminal

The Port of Venice is in the Venetian Lagoon and the Porto di Lido channel joins it to the Adriatic. Over twenty cruise lines are hosted by the Venice Cruise Terminal. Companies like Norwegian Cruise Lines, Carnival,Royal Caribbean and MSC offer Venice cruises in their itineraries.

There are three major quays at the Venice Cruise Terminal. The biggest one is Marittima basin. It has three terminals and hosts the largest cruise ships. It comprises the TM berth (TM Quay), the Piave Quay [berth 117], the Tagliamento Quay [berths 107, 109, 110, and 112] and the Isonzo Quay [berth 18 and 20]. Two host smaller cruise ships – San Basilio [Quays 29 to 31] and Santa Marta [Quays 24 to 28]. They are situated in the the Giudecca Canal, around the corner of the port.

venice-cruise-ship-terminals

Venice tours, shore excursions, hotels

City Tours and Shore Excursions

Venice is known to be the “Queen of the Adriatic”. It is one of the most romantic world cities. Venice can enchant anyone with its breathtaking palazzos, canals and beautiful bridges. This city is so spectacular, that you will need at least three days to enjoy some of its wonders. Spend a day in a gondola at the narrow channels and be amazed by Venice. Go to Murano, the Venetian glassmaking center, or visit some of the famous places near the St Marks Square:

  • Basilica: the place where you can see Pala d’Oro. This famous altarpiece dates since 976. It is made of solid gold by the Byzantine goldsmiths and it has precious gems encrustations.
  • Doge’s Palace: situated right to the Basilica. You can see the Council Hall, plaques of the Doges (all 76, except Doge 55) and the world-famous Bridge of Sighs (the last walking place for the criminals before their transfer from the palace into the jail).
  • Campanile: dating since 912. The Campanile is the third building you have to see. There is astonishing city view from the top of it. This is not the exact original of the building, but a rebuilding with the original materials after its collapse in 1902.

The Venice cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Venice, Italy.

If you lose the Venice location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.

Port Venice cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Venice, Italy. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

Day Ships in port
Saturday
1 July, 2017
Costa Luminosa(arriving at 09:00)
La Bella Vita barge(arriving at 01 Jul - departing at 01 Jul)
Pullmantur Horizon(arriving at 01 Jul - departing at 01 Jul)
River Countess(arriving at 01 Jul - departing at 01 Jul)
Rhapsody Of The Seas(departing at 17:00)
AIDAblu(arriving at 08:00)
MSC Sinfonia(departing at 17:00)
MSC Poesia(departing at 16:00)
ms Europa 2(departing at 14:00)
Sunday
2 July, 2017
Costa Deliziosa(arriving at 09:00)
La Bella Vita barge(arriving at 02 Jul)
ms Michelangelo(departing at 02 Jul)
River Countess(arriving at 02 Jul - departing at 03 Jul)
Silver Muse(arriving at 07:00)
Norwegian Star(departing at 17:00)
Thomson Spirit(arriving at 08:00 - departing at 18:00)
Crystal Esprit(arriving at 09:00 - departing at 03 Jul)
MSC Musica(departing at 17:00)
AIDAblu(departing at 20:00)
Monday
3 July, 2017
Crystal Esprit(departing at 03 Jul)
La Bella Vita barge(departing at 03 Jul)
Pullmantur Horizon(arriving at 03 Jul - departing at 03 Jul)
River Countess(departing at 03 Jul)
Tuesday
4 July, 2017
La Bella Vita barge(arriving at 04 Jul - departing at 04 Jul)
River Countess(arriving at 04 Jul - departing at 04 Jul)
Silver Muse(departing at 22:00)
Thursday
6 July, 2017
ms Michelangelo(departing at 06 Jul)
Friday
7 July, 2017
ms Michelangelo(departing at 07 Jul)
Queen Victoria(arriving at 07 Jul - departing at 08 Jul)
SeaDream I(arriving at 07 Jul - departing at 07 Jul)
Seven Seas Voyager(arriving at 08:00)
Saturday
8 July, 2017
Costa Luminosa(arriving at 09:00)
ms Michelangelo(arriving at 08 Jul - departing at 08 Jul)
Queen Victoria(departing at 08 Jul)
River Countess(arriving at 08 Jul - departing at 08 Jul)
SeaDream I(departing at 08 Jul)
Rhapsody Of The Seas(departing at 17:00)
AIDAblu(arriving at 08:00)
MSC Sinfonia(departing at 17:00)
MSC Poesia(departing at 16:00)
Seven Seas Voyager(departing at 17:00)
Sunday
9 July, 2017
Costa Deliziosa(arriving at 09:00)
River Countess(arriving at 09 Jul - departing at 10 Jul)
ms Westerdam(arriving at 08:00 - departing at 16:00)
Norwegian Star(departing at 18:00)
MSC Musica(departing at 17:00)
AIDAblu(departing at 20:00)
Monday
10 July, 2017
Oceana(arriving at 10 Jul - departing at 10 Jul)
River Countess(arriving at 10 Jul)
Thomson Dream(arriving at 08:00 - departing at 17:00)
ms Westerdam(departing at 16:00)
Tuesday
11 July, 2017
ms Michelangelo(departing at 11 Jul)
Wednesday
12 July, 2017
ms Michelangelo(departing at 12 Jul)
Thursday
13 July, 2017
ms Michelangelo(arriving at 13 Jul - departing at 13 Jul)
Celebrity Constellation(departing at 16:00)
Wind Star(departing at 18:00)
Friday
14 July, 2017
La Bella Vita barge(arriving at 14 Jul - departing at 14 Jul)
Rhapsody Of The Seas(departing at 16:00)
Azamara Quest(arriving at 07:00)
Saturday
15 July, 2017
Costa Luminosa(arriving at 09:00)
La Bella Vita barge(arriving at 15 Jul - departing at 15 Jul)
SeaDream I(departing at 15 Jul)
AIDAblu(arriving at 08:00)
MSC Sinfonia(departing at 17:00)
MSC Poesia(departing at 16:00)
Sunday
16 July, 2017
Costa Deliziosa(arriving at 09:00)
La Bella Vita barge(arriving at 16 Jul)
ms Michelangelo(arriving at 16 Jul - departing at 16 Jul)
Thomson Spirit(arriving at 08:00 - departing at 18:00)
MSC Musica(departing at 17:00)
Monday
17 July, 2017
La Bella Vita barge(departing at 17 Jul)
ms Michelangelo(departing at 17 Jul)
River Countess(departing at 17 Jul)
Norwegian Star(departing at 17:00)
Silver Spirit(departing at 23:00)
Azamara Quest(departing at 09:00)
AIDAblu(departing at 20:00)
Tuesday
18 July, 2017
La Bella Vita barge(arriving at 18 Jul - departing at 18 Jul)
ms Michelangelo(departing at 18 Jul)
River Countess(arriving at 18 Jul - departing at 18 Jul)
Brilliance Of The Seas(arriving at 15:00 - departing at 18:00)
Wednesday
19 July, 2017
ms Michelangelo(arriving at 19 Jul - departing at 19 Jul)
Star Flyer(departing at 19 Jul)
Thursday
20 July, 2017
ms Michelangelo(arriving at 20 Jul - departing at 20 Jul)
Friday
21 July, 2017
ms Michelangelo(departing at 21 Jul)
Wind Star(departing at 18:00)
Saturday
22 July, 2017
Costa Luminosa(arriving at 09:00)
ms Michelangelo(departing at 22 Jul)
River Countess(arriving at 22 Jul - departing at 22 Jul)
Rhapsody Of The Seas(departing at 17:00)
MSC Sinfonia(departing at 17:00)
MSC Poesia(departing at 16:00)
Sunday
23 July, 2017
Costa Deliziosa(arriving at 09:00)
ms Michelangelo(arriving at 23 Jul - departing at 23 Jul)
River Countess(arriving at 23 Jul - departing at 24 Jul)
AIDAblu(departing at 20:00)
Norwegian Star(departing at 17:00)
Oceania Riviera(arriving at 08:00)
MSC Musica(departing at 17:00)
Monday
24 July, 2017
ms Michelangelo(arriving at 24 Jul - departing at 24 Jul)
Oceana(arriving at 24 Jul - departing at 24 Jul)
River Countess(departing at 24 Jul)
Scenic Emerald(arriving at 24 Jul - departing at 25 Jul)
Thomson Dream(arriving at 08:00 - departing at 17:00)
Tuesday
25 July, 2017
ms Michelangelo(departing at 25 Jul)
River Countess(arriving at 25 Jul - departing at 25 Jul)
Scenic Emerald(arriving at 25 Jul - departing at 25 Jul)
Oceania Riviera(departing at 22:00)
Wednesday
26 July, 2017
ms Michelangelo(departing at 26 Jul)
Thursday
27 July, 2017
ms Michelangelo(arriving at 27 Jul - departing at 27 Jul)
Friday
28 July, 2017
La Bella Vita barge(arriving at 28 Jul - departing at 28 Jul)
Queen Victoria(arriving at 28 Jul - departing at 29 Jul)
Saturday
29 July, 2017
Costa Luminosa(arriving at 09:00)
La Bella Vita barge(arriving at 29 Jul - departing at 29 Jul)
Pullmantur Horizon(arriving at 29 Jul - departing at 29 Jul)
Queen Victoria(departing at 29 Jul)
River Countess(arriving at 29 Jul - departing at 29 Jul)
Rhapsody Of The Seas(departing at 17:00)
Wind Star(departing at 18:00)
AIDAblu(arriving at 08:00)
MSC Sinfonia(departing at 17:00)
MSC Poesia(departing at 16:00)
Sunday
30 July, 2017
Costa Deliziosa(arriving at 09:00)
La Bella Vita barge(arriving at 30 Jul)
ms Michelangelo(departing at 30 Jul)
River Countess(arriving at 30 Jul - departing at 31 Jul)
Norwegian Star(departing at 17:00)
Thomson Spirit(arriving at 08:00 - departing at 18:00)
Crystal Esprit(arriving at 09:00 - departing at 31 Jul)
MSC Musica(departing at 17:00)
AIDAblu(departing at 20:00)
Monday
31 July, 2017
Aurora(arriving at 31 Jul - departing at 31 Jul)
Crystal Esprit(departing at 31 Jul)
La Bella Vita barge(departing at 31 Jul)
ms Michelangelo(departing at 31 Jul)
Pullmantur Horizon(arriving at 31 Jul - departing at 31 Jul)
River Countess(departing at 31 Jul)