A unique destination in the world
Guessing the destination of this MSC Mediterranean Cruise is simple. Which city ranks amongst the most romantic and beautiful towns in the world, holding a fascinating traditional carnival and the oldest film festival? Easy, it's Venice!
The "Serenissima", built on more than 100 islands, is a unique urban system where bridges, narrow streets, alleys, squares, buildings and water form an intricate labyrinth. There is nothing alike, and an MSC Cruise will take you to the pedestrian city par excellence, where the only means of transport float.
One of the MSC Excursions will take you to the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. Mark and the nearby Doge's Palace, both built in the 9th century. The Basilica will impress you with its golden Byzantine mosaics, the "Golden Pall" or "Cloth" and especially the remains of St. Mark, preserved in the high altar. The Doge's Palace, or Ducal Palace, will surprise you with its external inlaid colonnades, inspired by Eastern-Byzantine architecture, and its vast picture gallery full of works by famous Venetian masters.
Piazza San Marco, another symbol of the lagoon city, together with its bell tower, is the destination of another MSC Excursion. The heart of Venice, the "Drawing Room of Europe" actually consists of three areas: the Piazza, Piazzetta San Marco and Piazzetta dei Leoncini. The sight you see when arriving from the sea is sensational. The phenomenon of high waters is extraordinary too, of course, although not for those who live in Venice! It is worth discovering that it is the only square in all of Venice; all the other public spaces are called "campi" (fields) and not squares.
Another island, not far away, deserves to be visited thanks to an MSC Excursion: Murano, the birthplace of blown glass. The art of glass-making has been part of the local traditions of this "little Venice" since 1291. The furnaces have been producing unique masterpieces ever since, some of which are on display in the Glass Museum, including pieces from the fifteenth to twentieth century. In the workshops, you can observe both the "baking" and the "torch" methods for the creation of artistic objects, chandeliers, glasses, vases and much more.
Excursions & Activities
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Reach the Port
Leave the motorway to Venice at the Venezia-Porto exit and follow the signs for Venezia - Stazione Marittima - Terminal Passeggeri.
Venice Passenger Terminal website for useful information: www.vtp.it
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Santa Lucia Station St. Lucia Railway station is just a short walk from Piazzale Roma (approx.600 metres), where you can take the People Mover train to the Marittima terminal entrance for a modest fare.
Società Cooperativa Venezia 1907 provides a luggage transport service in the railway station, which will take your luggage directly to your cruise ship. Designated staff on Platform 1 will collect your labelled luggage (labels are provided with your cruise tickets or alternatively provided by the “Società Cooperativa Venezia 1907) and deliver them to the ship. MSC Cruises cannot be held responsible for any problems with the service and any complaints should be addressed to the service provider.
The railway station is approximately 10 km from the Cruise Terminal. Taxi service available.
A taxi service is available to take you from Marco Polo airport to the Stazione Marittima cruise terminal. The journey takes approximately 20 minutes, depending on the traffic.
Alternatively, you can take a taxi boat. An MSC shuttle service is also available.
Please go to the MSC booth just outside the arrivals hall on your right.
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