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Cruising the Adriatic from Venice in August.  Ship will spend the first night in port and departs at 5:30 on day two.  Interested to hear from folks who have had a similar itinerary what you did on Day One.  Check in early and then go explore?  Explore Venice and get to the boat towards the end of check in?  Do some third alternative I haven't thought about?

 

We'll arrive in Venice the evening before the cruise.  

 

Thanks!

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We did this a few years ago.  We'd been in Venice for a few days prior to embarkation, and were meeting friends who flew in day-of.  We all checked in on the early side, got settled in, and then wandered back in for lunch and some (more) sightseeing.  We came back for a late dinner on the ship, and then started out the next day for more strolling through the neighborhoods, and another great meal.  Very nice start to a cruise.  Until they move the cruise ships from that terminal (complaints about the damage that the ships and influx of so many tourists do to the island is driving an effort to move the cruise dock outside of Venice), it's also really easy to go back and forth.

 

Andrew

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https://www.skylinebarvenice.it/en/    Try this on your first evening, especially at sunset, great photo opportunity and a large selection of cocktails.

 

 

This is a store close the Rialto bridge, you can pre book tickets to visit the roof terrace for some epic unusual views.

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We arrive in Venice on Thursday and board the ship this Saturday, so these are great suggestions!  I will let you know if we come up with anything else. 

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5 hours ago, bmglas said:

Cruising the Adriatic from Venice in August.  Ship will spend the first night in port and departs at 5:30 on day two.  Interested to hear from folks who have had a similar itinerary what you did on Day One.  Check in early and then go explore?  Explore Venice and get to the boat towards the end of check in?  Do some third alternative I haven't thought about?

 

We'll arrive in Venice the evening before the cruise.  

 

Thanks!

 

Our ship, Millennium, overnighted in Venice to start our Med cruise.  We had already been in Venice for 3 nights before the cruise.  

 

On Day 1 of the cruise we went to visit a couple more sights (Scuola Grande di San Rocco and St Mary of the Friars), had a late lunch at a cafe with another Cruise Critic couple who was going on the cruise, and together we took a water taxi to the pier to check in.

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We flew in the night before our cruise and left our luggage at our hotel on day one of our cruise while we toured many of the sights. Late afternoon, we went back to our hotel to pick up our luggage and dragged it over to check in. Knowing that the ship was staying overnight in Venice, we had not thought about the check in closing time! Luckily we got there just before it was to close. Not sure what would have happened if we had missed the check in - but might have been a disaster - so be sure to know what time it closes.

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Following this post!  We are doing the same on our 11/8/2019 departure from Venice on the Constellation.  We are flying overnight 11/5 and staying 11/6 in Rome. Then flying to Venice first thing 11/7 - so will have a good 1/2 day there, plus the embarkation day 11/8 and 11/9.  Love to hear what people suggest!

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There are so many things to do in Venice that it would indeed be a shame to miss the sights by sailing on embarkation day.

The last time we were there, we were encouraged to go to Murano. The sail on the small ship went via canals that we had never been on, so no need to spend €€€ by going on a gondola!

We were dropped outside a glass blowing factory ( hence the free ride) where items for sale were eye watering expensive.

We walked around Murano then took a water bus back to Venice. Quite an adventure, as we have been to St Marks Square many times. 

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St. Marks square at night is awesome! My favorite thing to do when there. Years ago we were in Venice a day early so I arranged a walking tour with a local guide for the 6 of us. Very interesting.

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I don’t know how it will be in Venice. However, our last celebrity was in Hawaii and started with an overnight in Honolulu. We had all sorts of sightseeing plans on the check in day that were dashed when we told of the mandatory muster drill at 4pm on check in day. We were really hoping that would have been the next day, prior to sail away like on most cruises.

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