As one of our friends in our party of four had set his heart on seeing the glass blowing, we did take the trip as advertised and sold on board the QE.
A nice clean boat with an open-air top deck (lovely sunny day so this was a bonus) berthed next to the QE. Nice ride out to Murano and our guide was excellent as she commentated the whole of the time pointing out every building and area of interest. Once inside the glass factory, yes, I can see why it could be described as a "commercial set-up", but our visit started with an excellent demonstration of glass-blowing followed by a visit into the retail section. Most goods appeared to be over-priced and therefore, we didn't buy anything.
Now, after we left Murano, a lovely 40 minute sail across the Venice Lagoon on an open top boat to the beautiful island of Burano. What a fantastic surprise this was, a lovely island, colourful, lively and vibrant and well worth every penny that we'd paid for the trip. Following two hours on Burano we had another fantastic journey back to the ship, via a different route and again our wonderful guide was so informative.
Not usually a fan of the ship's cruises, but, with the right guide, with the right weather, this trip was worth every penny and Burano is a must.
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Mediterranean - Sea Princess - 2006
Canada & New England - Grand Princess - October 2008
Fjords & North Cape - Grand Princess - May 2011
Mediterranean - Queen Victoria - October 2011
Europe, Arts & Craft Cruise - Ocean Countess - May 2012
Fjords & Waterfalls - Queen Victoria - June 2012
Azores & Canary Islands - Celebrity Eclipse - Oct 2012
Atlantic Isles Discovery - Queen Victoria - May 2013
Fjords & Waterfalls - Queen Victoria - June 2013
Wonders of the Mediterranean - Queen Victoria - October 2014
Lusitania Remembered - Queen Victoria - May 2015
Spain & Italy - Queen Elizabeth - October 2015
Spain and France - Emerald Princess - May 2016
Iberia & Canary Islands - Queen Elizabeth - Sept 2016
France & Spain - Crown Princess - May 2017
Queen Elizabeth 2's 50th Anniversary - Sept 2017
Queen Victoria - Baltic Highlights - August 2018