Photo Tour: Cruising into Venice Italy

Cruising into Venice Italy is one of those magical travel moments. For us, it was several years ago, and we were on the NCL Spirit. We stood at the bow of the cruise ship, and despite the crowds, looking out it was captivating.

I shared my photos of Venice from the ship, but for some reason these remained in my files until today. I was inspired by the Italian AFS student we are hosting. The more we learn about Italy, the more fascinating we find it. Naturally, this led me back to our photos.

Cruising into Venice Italy on the NCL Spirit 1

One of our first views of the main island of Venice was these bridges over the Rio de Sant’Elena

Cruising into Venice Italy on the NCL Spirit 2

The channel markers guide as we are cruising into Venice. In the distance we can see the dome of the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute.

Cruising by Piazza San Marco into Venice Italy on the NCL Spirit 3

Cruising into Venice we pass by the Piazza San Marco, the main square. From the canal we see Doge’s Palace and the campanile (bell tower) for the basilica.

Cruising past apartment in Venice Italy 4

It was interesting to see the apartments in Venice as we passed.

Cruising into Venice Italy on the NCL Spirit 5

We sailed past the beautiful Church of Santissimo Redentore.

Cruising into Venice Italy on the NCL Spirit 6

We pass the white columns on the Campo di Sant’Agnese on our final approach, cruising into Venice and heading towards the port.

A few facts about the Port of Venice: 

  • Arrival by sea travels through the Venetian Lagoon, which is how I was able to capture all the shots above.
  • The port of Venice is the eighth busiest commercial port in Italy as well as being one of the busiest cruise ports in the Mediterranean.
  • Annually, nearly 500 ships arrive and depart carrying 700,000 cruise passengers from 32 different cruise lines.
  • Wondering what to do once you arrive? Check out what we did or Rick Steves’ Mediterranean Cruise Ports

Have you been to Venice? How did you arrive, via plane, train, or were you cruising into Venice?

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  1. says

    Funnily enough we have just planned a Mediterranean cruise for next year which departs from Rome and finishes in Venice. So naturally I found this post very relevant. The photos I see of Venice are simply amazing and I can’t wait to see it all for myself. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • says

      Our cruise was 12 nights and started in Barcelona, ending in Venice. I blogged about many of the ports, sharing my best tips for each. Check them out if you want.

  2. says

    Hi Rhonda – what amazing views … and if I ever go – I will cruise in! Can’t say I approve of that route, or perhaps any route now – because of the ‘wash’ and because of the pollution and huge numbers of people … but incredible photos – cheers Hilary

    • says

      You make some excellent points about the negative sides of cruising. The crowds and pollution really apply to all travel these days, unless you are backpacking or cycling.

  3. says

    What beautiful views of a lovely place you took some nice photos Rhonda and so clear too, my brother recently visited there

    Have a scenictastic day & thanks for “dropping” by LOL 🙂

  4. says

    What wonderful photos from the ship. I understand that Venice is sinking into the water. I hope that all those brilliant places are not lost. I’ve never been there. maybe some day.

    Have a wonderful Tuesday Rhonda. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  5. says

    Anything on a boat is awesome. I can remember the first time we cruised to San Francisco. It was magical. I’m guessing you felt the same doing this cruise into the city. Way cool.

    Have a fabulous day. 🙂

  6. says

    I arrived on train. It blew my mind seeing the water at the curb as you walked out of the station – even though I knew it was there, seeing it was so amazing!

  7. says

    What a great series of pictures. I really like the overall views – you have some amazing shots of the areas you cruised past. Usually the photos I’ve seen of Venice show details of buildings, etc. so it was interesting to see a different perspective with a wider angle.

  8. says

    Venice was interesting but not one of our favorites. It was hot, tons or people, and it smelled… all of which could have been fixed if we would have visited in the early spring. I think I would have loved it if I would have traveled there at a different time of year. We came in via bus from the mainland.

    Lisa @ LTTL

  9. says

    I’ve been to Italy once before but unfortunately didn’t have the opportunity to check out Venice. Hopefully one day 🙂 We were only able to do Rome and Florence, although Florence has been one of my all-time favorite cities.

    • says

      Rome and Florence are both amazing cities. I wouldn’t say “only” as those are great adventures. It seems the more places we go, the more that gets added to our bucket list.

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