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There are KLM flights direct from Manchester to Venice, might not be in September 2009 but we use Celebrity and have flown KLM to Amsterdam and Barcelona. We are due to leave on Celebrity in September 2009 from Amsterdam flying in from Edinburgh. So worth while getting back to whoever arranged the cruise for you TA or Celebrity. On leaving Venice if you have port side cabin you see the spectaclular views of city when we did this trip in 2005 when we arrived into Venice we were lucky sitting on the balcony on the starboard side this time seeing all the great sights. I did pop up stairs to see if anything much on the port side but our view was by the very best one and no hassle mingling with all the others upstairs on deck trying to get some good photo's/video.
Thanks to all responses - all v helpful. We have already booked the cabin and luckily it is portside with balcony so we can look forward to a spectacular departure. The cruise ends at Barcelona hence complicating the time-tables further. I'm sure it will be fantastic even if we do hang around Paris airport longer than necessary. Will try the BMI option first and then resignation if that's too expensive. Thanks again.
Try using www.skyscanner.net to search for the various flight options - just remember to tick the direct flights only box. As Wilba has mentioned in another reply to a comment to your question, you can fly out with one airline to Venice and come back on a different airline from Barcelona - just select one way when doing a search (the return flight could be priced in euro). You could even extend your holiday with an overnight in Barcelona before flying home. Just check baggage allowances and excess charges. Ryanair are particularly mean and expensive on excess!!
Celebrity usually do a tour option before heading to the airport and we opted for that not hving been to Barcelona and thoroughly enjoyed the many great sights we had nor seen before and it beat sitting around at the airport !!
The small print atthe backofthe brochure (section 3.2) says that direct flights are not guarenteed. I don't think there actually is a direct flight from Manchester to Venice - if one doesn't exist then they cannot put you on it! I always use LGW as that is the only place I know that does have direct flts (and occasionally BMI or BA from LHR). If you can travel from one of these airports then get them to swap you to a flight from there instead. Otherwise cancel the flights altogether and book them yourselves - there will e a £35pp admin fee to do this. You also lose the transfers but in Venice it is so easy to get from airport to ship that is no big deal IMHO. I hope this helps.
Apologies when I followed through on the KLM website they don't fly direct but via Paris or Amsterdam.
Ryanair fly direct from Liverpool & BMI Baby direct from Manchester, both within your part of the world. It's worthy of thought as most peoples next question as they approach the departure date is 'Will I have time to see Venice' so a cheapy flight a day early can solve that problem. Good Luck. Wilba.
Many thanks Wilba - you always come up with a solution.
RyanAir actually fly into Treviso, not Venice - it is further away but there is a bus that takes you from Treviso to Piazzale Roma which is where land ends and Venice on water starts! Magical place.
http://europeforvisitors.com/venice/articles/treviso_airport_bus_to_venice.htm is the site for bus info. And I echo suggestions to get there a day early and enjoy the atmosphere. Recommend Antiche Figure Hotel about 5 mins walk from Piazzale Roma.
Yes I didn't mention Treviso in case it scared them off! Do Ryanair fly to anywhere they purport to?