Posted October 26th, 2004, 10:45 PM
We have the same concern about lugging luggage in Venice. We will use one of these plans:
(1) Check big luggage into the hold area at the Marco Polo airport and then take our carry-ons with us on the Alilguna (20 EU round trip) to our hotel. We are staying at the Locanda Orseola which is very highly rated on tripadvisor. We found some great comments about La Calcina and e-mailed them but we will only be staying 1 night pre-cruise & they would not book us for less than 3 (or was it 2?).
We would return to the airport via the Alilguna to pick up our big luggage then take a taxi to the port for embarkation.
(2) This one I plan to confirm with the kind folks at Locanda Orseola that it will work. It will be less expensive and we think quicker. Take ATVO blue bus from the airport to Piazzale Roma (3.70 EU) and store luggage there (3 EU per day each piece) Buy 24 hr. vaporetto pass (10.50 EU)– take vaporetto to St. Mark’s square. When ready to board the ship, take the vaporetto back to Piazzale Roma, pick up luggage and take a taxi to the port. I believe the Piazzale Roma is the main bus terminal and that they have luggage storage space - and taxi's should be available from there to the port. It is much closer to the port than the airport is - so should be a less expensive taxi trip. The trip between Piazzale Roma and St. Mark's Square on the vaporetto will be right down the Grand Canal!
We may get the 72 hr. vaporetto pass instead of just the 24 hr - have not decided for sure. We arrive Sat. 9:55 a.m. - embark the Grand Sun. afternoon, but we overnight on the ship and sail from Venice Mon. afternoon -so might get enough use out of the 3 day.
We're cruising with ijkh on 9/11/05.
Here are a couple of websites with transportation information for Venice:
Luggage carts at Marco Polo are free to use.
I hope something of all this jumble is helpful to you.