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Cruise Ships Get a Little Closer to Venice

Marghera Commercial Port outside Venice is now open for cruise ship traffic.

According to, it should only be a twelve-minute car ride from the Marghera Commercial port outside of Venice to Venice proper. So even if you catch a cab driver who does not operate his vehicle at crazy seeds like most in Italy, you should be there in twenty minutes.

Compared to the current ports of entry of Trieste and Ravenna which are over one hour away, the opening of the two provision piers at the commercial port of Marghera is a vast improvement.

At this time, a 1,000-square-meter tent on the pier will serve as a temporary passenger terminal, and that tent was in use on April 9 when the MSC Sinfonia arrived as the first ship to visit Venice this year. The MSC Sinfonia used the port as a turn-around port and guests from the previous cruise and new guests were transferred by bus to and from Stazione Marittima’s Venezia Terminal Passeggeri (VTP) terminal or Venice airport.

According to Seatrade news, the cost of preparing these provisional piers for cruise ship use was 1.8 million Euros.

Since August 1, 2021, cruise ships larger than 25,000gt or over 180 meters long have been banned from entering Venice. That ban prevents most cruise ships from reaching Stazione Marittima’s passenger terminal through the Giudecca Channel and the San Marco Channel.

Plans are in place to increase the number of available piers for cruise ships to five by 2024.

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