I am sure you have heard about the protests over the last few years and the subsequent ban then reinstating of large ships from berthing in the lagoon in Venice. Environmentalists say that the sheer number and the size of the new mega ships is causing untold pollution issues in the Venetian waters.
There have also been threats from Unesco that if something isn’t done Venice will be placed on the Heritage endangered list.
It is unbelievable to think that actually just across from the city there are mud/sand banks with an array of wildlife living there. Did you know that the city was actually built on mud banks strengthened by wood beams that were driven into the mud…Fascinating right?
There is now a new proposal for a brand new Cruise terminal 3 miles away from the centre of Venice, it is actually an existing cargo port called Marghera Port but will need to be constructed to take cruise ships and passengers. If the planning permission is given we could have a new cruise port by the end of 2021.
Will this be enough? I have read that one of the other issues is the sheer number of tourists descending on Venice. through the day with ships leaving that evening. There definitely needs to be a different approach from the cruise companies as there is definitely fine line between Venice the tourist resort and Venice the city withe livelihoods at stake as well as the preservation of a wonderfully unique city.
I have to admit being berthed right in the heart of the city and cruising out past this iconic city is wonderful but something definitely needs to be done and this to me sounds like a step in the right direction. We need to preserve these heritage sites and respect them and the cruise industry has to play a part in this as much as possible.
What do you think? Have you been to Venice before? Do you think this will make a difference?