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Interesting debate, while I understand the problem, if the cruise ships stop calling, 1/2 of Venice would be unemployed.

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Interesting debate, while I understand the problem, if the cruise ships stop calling, 1/2 of Venice would be unemployed.

 

I don't think so. There's a reference in a Wikipedia article that Venice had an average of 50,000 visitors a day in 2007. Given that the distribution is 'lumpy' - i.e. fewer people in winter, more in spring/summer/autumn - the figure must be higher in the high season. Let's say, 65,000 people a day. I would suggest that a maximum of 15,000 a day arrive via cruise ships; that leaves 50,000 a day non-cruise passengers. The cruise passenger picture is also complicated by the fact that a lot of cruises start and finish at Venice - both Costa and MSC usually have two 7 night cruises a week starting and finishing there on Saturday & Sunday. I don't know how you'd count those people: if they're just flying into Marco Polo airport and going straight to the ship, then at the end of the cruise leaving the same day, do they count as 'Venice tourists'?

 

During weekdays, the figure for cruise passengers is probably well below 15,000 in fact - there may even be some days without ships.

 

My view on cruises ships in Venice is that I can see the point about them being hugely out of scale with the surroundings. If the evidence regarding the erosion is valid, then I would be perfectly happy with sailing in to the south of Giudecca and then manoeuvring into the terminal. So I think we need to be flexible. It's enough to be there - we don't need to demand ring-side seats as we arrive.

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I doubt if changing where cruise ships dock or the way they approach Venice from the water would make much difference at all in the number of passengers. The folks who have sailed in/out of Venice would miss the "old" way and wax nostalgic about it, but everyone else would accept the "new" way as it is.

 

Let's not give ourselves too much credit - while cruise ships are one source of visitors to Venice, many thousands arrive each day by train, bus and car.

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Have to agree with euro cruiser. We have been to Venice several times-twice last year but never once by cruise ship.

 

Venice is a draw and people want to visit-they do not rely on cruise traffic. People will still want to visit Venice by cruise ship when they change the location of the dock. After all, how many people flock to Civitavecchia and Livorno-both of these locations could hardy be called convenient to visit Rome and Florence/Tuscany respectively.

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I doubt if changing where cruise ships dock or the way they approach Venice from the water would make much difference at all in the number of passengers. The folks who have sailed in/out of Venice would miss the "old" way and wax nostalgic about it, but everyone else would accept the "new" way as it is.

 

Let's not give ourselves too much credit - while cruise ships are one source of visitors to Venice, many thousands arrive each day by train, bus and car.

 

I think this is exactly right, and would provide a workable solution to the problem.

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