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In pictures: Cruising out of Venice

Sailing out of Venice, Italy

When I found out our cruise was departing out of Venice, I knew I’d have to try and fit in a glass of prosecco in Piazza San Marco on the way. But my plans were thwarted by a rainstorm and a flight delay, and instead we had to head straight on board our ship. That didn’t mean we missed out on the views though – or the bubbly. As we set sail, we toasted the start of our trip from underneath an umbrella on our balcony. We travelled through the Venetian canals, past palazzos, bridges and vaporettos weaving around us way below. We even managed to get our Piazza San Marco fix as we sailed right past, with fantastic views of St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. There’s been a lot of debate over whether cruise ships should be allowed to sail down Venice’s canals, and they were even banned for a few months earlier this year. So who knows how long it will last, but while it does I can’t think of a more spectacular way to wave goodbye to La Serenissima.

Canals in Venice, Italy
Bridges along the canals in Venice, Italy
Canals in Venice, Italy
Piazza San Marco, Venice Italy
Piazza San Marco, Venice Italy
Canals in Venice, Italy

I visited Venice as part of a Celebrity Cruises Venice to Istanbul cruise. Many thanks to Celebrity for hosting my mum and I on the trip. All views and opinions are, as always, my own.

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  1. Great photos of Venice. The best shots of the city are always from the water!

    July 7, 2014
    • Thanks – yes there’s always something going on isn’t there. I love that where other cities have roads and cars, Venice has canals and boats!

      July 7, 2014
  2. awesome pics….

    July 7, 2014
  3. Amazing pictures of this amazing place… sorry that you didnt have time to enjoy Venice. Im sure you will have another opportunity πŸ™‚

    July 7, 2014
    • Thanks – yes definitely will be back again soon, it’s already in the plans for 2015!

      July 7, 2014
    • Yaaaay great to know that!! πŸ˜€

      July 7, 2014
  4. Awesome pictures! Venice is one of my favorite places. Prosecco in San Marco is a fun time with all the quartets playing. Have you had the chance to visit Venice before this?

    July 7, 2014
    • It’s a great city isn’t it? I’ve been once before, in the middle of winter so it was beautifully atmospheric and misty, and not too busy, bit chilly for a prosecco in the square though – I must get back there in warmer weather sometime!

      July 7, 2014
    • I was visiting there in July of last year and it was so crowded, but the square was still relaxing at night. I recommend going during the summer at least once so you can really enjoy Venice in the nice weather. πŸ™‚

      July 8, 2014
  5. Gorgeous photos! What a port to ‘set sail’ from.

    July 7, 2014
    • Thanks, yes it was a great start – despite the rain!

      July 7, 2014
    • I’ve always thought Europe is beautiful, even on the wettest days πŸ™‚ Still, I hope you both enjoyed countless days of sunshine on the rest of your trip!

      July 8, 2014
  6. Stunning pictures, I’m getting more and more interested in a trip to Venice (and Verona too). I’m sorry you didn’t get the chance to visit the city, but at least you have a reason to go back πŸ™‚

    July 7, 2014
    • Venice is great – luckily I had been before so didn’t feel like I was missing out too much this time! I’ve not visited Verona yet though but hear that it’s lovely. I have such a huge Italian ‘to see’ list!

      July 8, 2014
  7. I really want to go to venice when I’m working in Bologna in September- It looks beautiful!

    July 7, 2014
    • You definitely should while you are so close – I think it’s less than two hours by train away!

      July 8, 2014
  8. So beautiful Lucy! I am finding it hard to get Venice out of my mind πŸ™‚

    July 7, 2014
    • Thanks Madhu, it’s one of those places that really capture the imagination isn’t it?

      July 8, 2014
  9. do you think venice is amazing? come in forli. forli is one of the most beautiful city of the world. it’s in thetop 10 of the list which was made by the most important art critics. g

    July 7, 2014
    • Thanks for the tip! I plan to do a bit more travelling around Italy next year so will check it out.

      July 8, 2014
  10. What a wonderful way to see Venice, something a little bit different. I did a day visit on the Celebrity Eclipse on Saturday and am well impressed with the ships! x

    July 7, 2014
    • Thanks, yes the views were fantastic – being right in the middle of the city and being so high up you can see right out over Venice. This was on the Eclipse’s sister ship, I’d never been on a cruise ship before and was really impressed by how nice it was. Hope you enjoyed your day there on Saturday!

      July 8, 2014
  11. It looks beautiful! What a great start to the trip even with a bit of rain! ☺️

    July 8, 2014
    • It was great thanks, I never realised we’d be going right through the middle of the city like that – beautiful even when it pours!

      July 8, 2014
  12. I have to admit I’m one of those who is opposed to cruise ships in Venice, Lucy. But I won’t hold it against you πŸ™‚ Off to check the rest of your itinerary.

    July 8, 2014
    • I can definitely see both sides – being on the ship sailing out of Venice was amazing, but I’m sure I’d have a very different opinion if I lived there or even if I was visiting and they were a big blot on the landscape!

      July 8, 2014
  13. What an amazing way to see Venezia!! πŸ™‚

    July 10, 2014
    • It was a pretty fantastic start to the trip – despite the rain!

      July 11, 2014
  14. I do not know if any city I have visited is as “beautiful” as Venice. Beautiful in a way that combines crumbling buildings, narrow alleys and an unbelievable lagoon. Sailing out of Venice must be one of the best experiences!

    July 16, 2014
    • That’s so true, it’s such a classically beautiful place, it almost feels unreal!

      July 22, 2014
  15. Natana Bolzon #

    Love the pics!!! La Serenissima is amazing!

    July 25, 2014

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