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Saint Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace
St. Mark's Square, the heart of the city
Murano and its art in blown glass

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Venice, a romantic MSC Mediterranean Cruises destination, is an artisan masterpiece. The city is built on 118 small islands, separated by canals, in a shallow lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. This UNESCO World Heritage Site overflows with beauty – from the gondola-lined canals and ancient marble palaces to historical architectural feats like St. Mark’s Basilica and the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo. Visiting Venice is like being in a fabled land, a scintillating mix of culture, history, and water. 

MSC Cruises excursions* offer plenty of exciting things to see including: 

· Saint Mark’s Square 

· Famous Venetian Museums 

· Gondola Experience 

MSC Cruises excursion to the illustrious St. Mark’s Square, Venice’s cultural, religious, and political centre. See the iconic Basilica, an Italo-Byzantine masterpiece, with its beautiful bell tower and golden mosaics. Next door, Doge's Palace, a Gothic jewel, will impress with its seriously sublime ornamentation. Next, cast your eyes over the Bridge of Sighs, an ornate white limestone beauty. At the end of the tour, unwind in one of the piazza’s chic cafes for a coffee and a sweet. People watch, read a book, or gaze down to the sea. 

Explore Venice’s fascinating museums on a cultural MSC Cruises excursion. After a leisurely boat ride to iconic St Mark’s Square, you’ll visit an array of museums near the piazza. Explore Correr Museum to glimpse collections of historical Venetian paintings. Swing by the Archaeological Museum to discover is a treasure chest of antique sculptures, pottery, coins, and gemstones. Finally, wander the Biblioteca Marciana, one of most extensive libraries in Italy. This literary paradise houses one of the world’s greatest collections of classical texts including Greek, Latin and Oriental manuscripts. 

Explore the romantic city of Venice with an exciting cruise along its mysterious canals. This MSC Cruises excursion will see you taking a boat ride through the city’s world-famous waterways, admiring magnificent bridges, grand patrician palaces, and the city’s famous narrow streets, the calli. Soak up the ancient atmosphere as you make your way through the world’s most incredible aquatic maze. Afterwards, enjoy a guided walk around the calli to learn more about the city. 

*Travel advice for excursions in Venice, from July 24th 2021 

In view of the latest decision taken by the Italian Government, please note from July 24th 2021 guests with excursions planned in Venice will disembark in Monfalcone and will then be taken to Venice by protected bus (90 min transfer), where the tours will proceed as planned and under the standard MSC Health & Safety Protocol.

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    Reach the port

    Port of Venice

    This section contains information on how to reach the port.

    Cruise Terminal:

    VTP (Venezia terminal Passeggeri)

    Reach the port by

    • Car

      Leave the motorway to Venice at the Venezia-Porto exit and follow the signs for Venezia - Stazione Marittima - Terminal Passeggeri.  
      Venice Passenger Terminal website for useful information: www.vtp.it

      Parking Information

      PARCHEGGIO VTP  (Venezia Terminal Passeggeri)
      Address: Port of Venice - Cruise Terminal
      E-mail: operativo@vtp.it

      • MSC Parking is bookable online up to 48 hours before your cruise departure. Bookings after the 48 hour deadline can be made directly with MSC Parking, and the same reduced rates will be applied when presenting your cruise travel documents

      VEHICLE                     DAYS                         RATES 

      Car, Suv                          4                          € 60,00 

      Van, Mobile Home            4                          € 120,00 

      Car, Suv                          5                          € 75,00 

      Van, Mobile Home            5                          €150,00 

      Car, Suv                          6                          € 90,00 

      Van, Mobile Home            6                          € 180,00 

      Car, Suv                          7                          € 105,00 

      Van, Mobile Home            7                          € 210,00 

      Car, Suv                          8                          € 105,00 

      Van, Mobile Home            8                          € 210,00 

      Car, Suv                          9                          € 115,00 

      Van, Mobile Home            9                          € 230,00 

      Car, Suv                         10                         € 125,00 

      Van, Mobile Home           10                         € 250,00

      Car, Suv                         13                         € 155,00 

      Van, Mobile Home           13                         € 310,00 

      Car, Suv                         16                         € 185,00 

      Van, Mobile Home           16                         € 370,00 

      Car, Suv                         20                         € 225,00 

      Van, Mobile Home           20                         € 450,00

    • Train

      Santa Lucia Station St. Lucia Railway station is just a short walk from Piazzale Roma (approx.600 metres), where you can take the People Mover train to the Marittima terminal entrance for a modest fare.  
      Società Cooperativa Venezia 1907 provides a luggage transport service in the railway station, which will take your luggage directly to your cruise ship. Designated staff on Platform 1 will collect your labelled luggage (labels are provided with your cruise tickets or alternatively provided by the “Società Cooperativa Venezia 1907) and deliver them to the ship.  MSC Cruises cannot be held responsible for any problems with the service and any complaints should be addressed to the service provider. 

      Venezia-Mestre Station
      The railway station is approximately 10 km from the Cruise Terminal. Taxi service available.
    • Plane

      A taxi service is available to take you from Marco Polo airport to the Stazione Marittima cruise terminal. The journey takes approximately 20 minutes, depending on the traffic.  
      Alternatively, you can take a taxi boat. An MSC shuttle service is also available. 
      Please go to the MSC booth just outside the arrivals hall on your right.