• Tom Drake

Venice telling the cruise lines to park somewhere else.

Italian authorities have voted to ban large cruise ships.

In response to a request by UNESCO and petitions from many of its citizens, Venetian authorities have voted to ban cruise ships from entering the Giudecca canal. The Giudecca canal leads to the historic St Mark's Square. As a result of this decision, large ships will now have to dock at the city's industrial port until a permanent solution can be found. Critics argue the ships cause pollution and erode the city's foundations, which suffers from regular flooding.

For many years, Venice's citizens have been trying to ban large ships from the canal but were unsuccessful. In June of 2019, when the MSC opera collided with a small tourist vessel, a plan to ban the ships was once again put into place.

At this time because of coronavirus restrictions cruise ships are not calling on Venice

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