The Ebb And Flow Of Cruising Venetian Waters

 

If you've been reading this blog for a while, then you've been reading about Venice, one of the most beautiful and inspirational ports we've ever visited. 

How big cruise ships were causing erosion of the precious little soil there is in the city of canals. 

How protesters have taken to the airwaves and the courts and even the water to keep the big ships out. 

How later this year the ships will become persona non grata (also banished) from the canal that is bordered by St. Mark's Square.

Check this:

"Giant cruise ships are set to return to Venice’s historic waterways, just months after they were banned."

This is not an April Fool's Joke.

That story, in London's Daily Mail, reports that the administrative court of Venice accepted an appeal by lobbyists and suspended the ban "because of the absence of any practical alternative navigation routes."

Really?

They need a court to tell them there was no alternative water route into and out of "downtown" Venice for large ships but by the Giudecca Canal? In the end, like so many other things, this decision is all about money. The port, which charges cruise lines huge fees, convinced the court that the ban would cost Venice too many euros.

Somewhere down the road, a compromise is likely to be found but since it couldn't happen in time to keep the ships, it's for another day…another year.

Meanwhile, the protesters will continue to be vocal in shouting: "Viva Venezia!"

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