I’ve visited Venice many times, as it is a popular destination for cruise ships. And of all the ports I’ve ever sailed into or out of, Venice is one of the most impressive. New York and Rio de Janeiro also come to mind as great places to approach by sea, but Venice by cruise ship is something special.
First, the city is just crazy in terms of location and architecture and history and layout. Second, it’s not a very tall city, with most of the buildings less than four stories high. And a big cruise ship can have 10-12 decks above the waterline. That means when you sail past, you’re looking down at the city, a view totally unique to the ship.
Also I really enjoy taking a water taxi to St. Mark’s square and then wandering around until I get lost, then somehow finding my way back to the cruise ship. I always find new interesting things to see and photograph.
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