Day 39 – Venice, Italy – June 29th 2015

Venice, Italy – 14:00 to 23:59

An interesting morning today, as our daughter’s almost daily video updates on our grandson’s progress has got us to finally admit we are missing too many milestones. Add to the equation my dad is also coming to Vancouver in September and our son and daughter-in-law are visiting from Dubai, so the magnetic pull of home has finally reached 1/2 way around the world, solidly grabbing our attention. It is something I have been contemplating for a couple of days and when presenting the argument to Judi, it was a very short discussion. To summarise, Aussie touring is cancelled and in Southampton, I will reschedule flights to head home mid-September.

Oh yes, we’re in Venice today and tomorrow.

Temperature: High 22C/72F, Low 20C/68F (Forecast) Actual in Venice was 29 to 30C 

Wind/Weather: Lt Airs, Fine & light haze 

Sunrise/Sunset: 05:24/21:03 

Clox: Z+2 (no change)

 

Navigation

Last night we dropped an engine, reducing speed to 17.5 kts, still maintaining generally NW’ly courses up the Adriatic towards Venice. At 07:30 they dropped another engine and reduced speed to about 14 kts to make the 12:00 ETA at the pilot station. Once the pilot boarded, Sea Princess steered various courses through the lagoon and canals, berthing alongside the commercial port about 14:00. 

 

Venice, Italy

Venice is located on the NE Italian shoreline in the marshy Venetian Lagoon, between the mouths of the Po and Piave Rivers. It is one of 118 small islands, within the lagoon, which are separated by canals and connected by bridges. The entire city and lagoon is listed as a World Heritage Site, being renowned for the setting, architecture and artwork.

 

Activities

After breakfast we headed up to the Sun Deck sitting in the shade on one of the loungers. This is when we discussed  how much we miss our Grandson (Owen) and considered options for an earlier return. Initially considering a short tour of the Gold Coast, returning to Vancouver at the end of October, but then we thought stuff it, that would only prolong the agony, so we both agreed mid-September. This means a week in Sydney, as scheduled, then probably a night at the airport hotel before flying home September 12th. As mentioned previously, when I get some internet access ashore I will make good the cancellations and give British Airways a ring from Southampton to change the flights.

Once that was all agreed, I got to work on some catch-up on photographs and blog posts, as with the flurry of ports I’m a few days behind. About 11:30 we returned the laptop to the cabin, grabbed the cameras and headed to the fwd observation deck on Deck 10, arriving about 15 minutes before the pilot.

Approaching Venice Pilot Station with Pilot Boat arriving

Pilot boat approaching Sea Princess.

As we approached the breakwater and entrance to the lagoon I was looking for anything that triggered memories of my previous calls to Venice back in 1976, but alas, absolutely nothing. It was almost as if we were entering a brand new port.

Approaching entrance to Venice Lagoon 

Just passed the pilot buoy looking at the entrance to Venice Lagoon.

Approaching Venice heading along Lido Island shoreline

Already through the entrance channel and around the first bend, the above shot has Sea Princess following along the coast of Lodi Island, a long narrow island that borders the Venice Lagoon.

Approaching Venice busy waterway as we first see Venice

Approaching the turn at the end of Lodi Island with lots of marine traffic in the channel and the first glimpse of Venice in the distance.

Approaching Venice heading towards the city

Heading down the buoyed channel towards Venice.

Approaching Venice steering on Doge's Palace and St Mark's Square

Approaching the beginning of Venice with Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Square on the port bow.

Giudecca Canal Doge's Palace and St Mark's Tower

Passing Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Square with thousands of visitors.

Giudecca Canal approcaching junction with Grand Canal

With Doge’s Palace just passed the beam Sea Princess approaches the junction of Giudecca Canal and the Grand Canal. We headed to port along the Giudecca Canal towards the cruise terminal.

Giudecca Canal with canal leading into Venice

Example of one of the many small canals off the Giudecca Canal that head into Venice.

Giudecca Canal looking up towards the cruise terminal

Sea Princess navigating along the Giudecca Canal towards the cruise terminal, which is passed the small ship with blue hull in the background.

Giedecca Canal old mill that is now a Hilton Hotel

An old mill that took 5 years to renovate and is now a Hilton Hotel.

 

As we pulled into the wharf, Judi & I headed for a quick lunch and then off ashore with friends Bruce and Viv. Princess have arrange a shuttle service from the port to San Marcos, adjacent to the Doge’s Palace. They charge Aus $29, which is good for unlimited numbers of trips to/from Venice over the 2 days. With shuttles departing every 12 mins until about midnight and starting again early in the morning, we think this is an excellent and very convenient service.

I’ll do a separate post to cover our wandering through Venice, but we remained in town until shortly before 21:00, at which time we caught a shuttle back to the ship. A quick dinner in the buffet and off to bed, as we have an early start tomorrow morning.

 

As another day closes, we bid you farewell, till tomorrow and hope for fair skies and following seas.

One thought on “Day 39 – Venice, Italy – June 29th 2015

  1. In the end it’s all about family. We run into lots of full-time RVer’s that don’t have any children and don’t quite grasp why we haven’t expanded our travels. We actually “like” our children and when they ask us to spend time in their neck of the woods, we can’t say no. Thus, we spend the majority of our travels around Colorado and Arizona. We will start heading east at the end of the month bound for the Midwest to catch up with extended family and friends.
    Enjoy the rest of your travels and I’m sure you’ll be ecstatic to finally hold that grandchild in your arms again 🙂

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