Ravenna is a major port city in Northern Italy's Emilia-Romagna region. Through Po River Delta, the port is connected to Adriatic Sea (via Candiano Canal).
IMPORTANT: In mid-June 2020, RCI-Royal Caribbean replaced Venice (as homeport) with Ravenna. The change affected the Rhapsody of the Seas ship's Mediterranean cruise schedule 2021 (May 1 through October 23). Ravenna is located approx 144 km (90 mi / road distance) to the south from Venice, or ~2,5 hours drive (via SS309 / Ravenna-Chioggia road).
- The itinerary change was explained with "increased concerns regarding the future of cruising in Venice Italy due to port congestion and the ability to control port traffic".
- Customers with already purchased through Royal Caribbean airfare received complimentary shuttle bus transportation (pre- and after-cruise). Optionally was offered purchasing bus transfers from both the Ravenna cruise terminal and/or the Venice Marco Polo Airport.
The city is famous for its buildings dating from the 5th-6th-7th centuries as well as for the mosaics which decorate many of the interiors. Among the most notable are the octagonal baptistery of Archbishop Neon, which may have been changed from a Roman bath; the tomb of Galla Placidia; the octagonal Arian Baptistery and the Church of San Vitale. Ravenna also contains the tombs of Dante and of the Ostrogothic emperor Theodoric.
By capacity, the port is ranked among Italy's top 20 and Europe's top 40 cargo ports. This is Emilia-Romagna's main seaport. Its docks are located mainly on the 12-km / 7,5-ml long Candiano Canal (aka Canal Corsini).
The port's offshore breakwaters are in the towns Porto Corsini and Marina di Ravenna (Adriatic Sea's largest yacht marina). The port as facilities has shipyards, multipurpose terminals, bulk cargo and container terminal, 2 passenger terminals (serving ferries and cruise ships), as well as Adriatic Sea's largest yacht marina (Marinara). The cruise terminal is at Porto Corsini.
- The Harbour is open 24-hours.
- Entrance channel's width is 300 m (984 ft), with max draft 11,5 m (38 ft).
- The port has capacity to handle vessels with LOA length 320 m (1050 ft), max width 39,5 m (130 ft) and max darft 8,8 m (29 ft). Air draft is unlimited. Anchorage is not available.
- There are 2 quays (total length 602 m (1975 ft) and 2 passenger terminals, of which 1 is combined for RoPax and RoRo vessels.
- As services, Port Ravenna provides pilotage (compulsory), tugboat assistance (10 tugs), salvage and ship repairs, water and provisions supply, marine fueling (heavy oil and MDO), waste disposal (garbage, special waste, bilge-sludge-grey-black waters).
- There is planned dredgings of the turning basin's northern part and also canal bed and approaching channel dredgings.
- In 2015, the cruise port handled 34 ship calls with 39.964 passengers.
Ravenna cruise terminal
Port Ravenna has a new, dedicated to passenger ships dock at Porto Corsini. There is a regular ferry link connecting Porto Corsini with Marina di Ravenna. The cruise port is at approx 20-min drive distance from the city.
Shuttle bus port-city service is available (free for cruise ship passengers). Taxis at the terminal are also available.
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RCI-Royal Caribbean emailed all booked passengers on roundtrips from Venice Italy in 2021, stating that their cruise will instead depart from Ravenna...June 20, 2020
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