Venice Cruises

Saint Mark’s Square
Famous Venetian Museums 
Gondola Experience

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Venice, a romantic MSC Mediterranean Cruises destination, is an artisan masterpiece. The city is built on 118 small islands, separated by canals, in a shallow lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. This UNESCO World Heritage Site overflows with beauty – from the gondola-lined canals and ancient marble palaces to historical architectural feats like St. Mark’s Basilica and the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo. Visiting Venice is like being in a fabled land, a scintillating mix of culture, history, and water.

MSC Cruises excursions* offer plenty of exciting things to see including:
· Saint Mark’s Square
· Famous Venetian Museums 
· Gondola Experience 
MSC Cruises excursion to the illustrious St. Mark’s Square, Venice’s cultural, religious, and political centre. See the iconic Basilica, an Italo-Byzantine masterpiece, with its beautiful bell tower and golden mosaics. Next door, Doge's Palace, a Gothic jewel, will impress with its seriously sublime ornamentation. Next, cast your eyes over the Bridge of Sighs, an ornate white limestone beauty. At the end of the tour, unwind in one of the piazza’s chic cafes for a coffee and a sweet. People watch, read a book, or gaze down to the sea.
Explore Venice’s fascinating museums on a cultural MSC Cruises excursion. After a leisurely boat ride to iconic St Mark’s Square, you’ll visit an array of museums near the piazza. Explore Correr Museum to glimpse collections of historical Venetian paintings. Swing by the Archaeological Museum to discover is a treasure chest of antique sculptures, pottery, coins, and gemstones. Finally, wander the Biblioteca Marciana, one of most extensive libraries in Italy. This literary paradise houses one of the world’s greatest collections of classical texts including Greek, Latin and Oriental manuscripts. 
Explore the romantic city of Venice with an exciting cruise along its mysterious canals. This MSC Cruises excursion will see you taking a boat ride through the city’s world-famous waterways, admiring magnificent bridges, grand patrician palaces, and the city’s famous narrow streets, the calli. Soak up the ancient atmosphere as you make your way through the world’s most incredible aquatic maze. Afterwards, enjoy a guided walk around the calli to learn more about the city.
*Travel advice for excursions in Venice, from July 24th 2021
In view of the latest decision taken by the Italian Government, please note from July 24th 2021 guests with excursions planned in Venice will disembark in Monfalcone and will then be taken to Venice by protected bus (90 min transfer), where the tours will proceed as planned and under the standard MSC Health & Safety Protocol.

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    Travel advice for cruises departing from Venice, from July 24th 2021

    In view of the latest decision taken by the Italian Government, please note from July 24th 2021 all Health & Safety checks (including health screening, temperature measurement and the antigen swab test) and check-in procedures (including luggage delivery), will regularly be held in Venice Maritime Station (Cruise Terminal), as per original travel programme; all embarking guests will then be transferred by protected bus to Monfalcone (90 min transfer), where they will board the ship after a quick document check. No Health & Safety checks and check-in will be possible in Monfalcone. At disembarkation in Monfalcone at the end of the cruise, guests will be granted the return transfer to Venice (Cruise Terminal/Airport/Railway Station, as per original travel programme).

    Port of Venice & Cruise Terminal:

    VTP (Venezia terminal Passeggeri) See how to get to the port of Venice and parking information.

    Reach the port by

    • Car

      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:

      Parking Information

      PARCHEGGIO VTP  (Venezia Terminal Passeggeri)
      Address: Port of Venice - Cruise Terminal
      • MSC Parking is bookable online up to 48 hours before your cruise departure. Bookings after the 48 hour deadline can be made directly with MSC Parking, and the same reduced rates will be applied when presenting your cruise travel documents
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      Car, Suv 4 € 60
      Van, Mobile Home 4 € 120
      Car, Suv 5 € 75
      Van, Mobile Home 5 € 150
      Car, Suv 6 € 90
      Van, Mobile Home 6 € 180
      Car, Suv 7 € 105
      Van, Mobile Home 7 € 210
      Car, Suv 8 € 105
      Van, Mobile Home 8 € 210
      Car, Suv 9 € 115
      Van, Mobile Home 9 € 230
      Car, Suv 10 € 125
      Van, Mobile Home 10 € 250
      Car, Suv 13 € 155
      Van, Mobile Home 13 € 310
      Car, Suv 16 € 185
      Van, Mobile Home 16 € 370
      Car, Suv 20 € 225
      Van, Mobile Home 20 € 450
    • Train

      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.  

      Venezia-Mestre Station
      The railway station is approximately 10 km from the Cruise Terminal. Taxi service available.
    • Plane

      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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