Start planning your cruise and book your excursions in Venice
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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Travel advice for cruises departing from Venice, from July 24th 2021
In view of the latest decision taken by the Italian Government, please note from July 24th 2021 all Health & Safety checks (including health screening, temperature measurement and the antigen swab test) and check-in procedures (including luggage delivery), will regularly be held in Venice Maritime Station (Cruise Terminal), as per original travel programme; all embarking guests will then be transferred by protected bus to Monfalcone (90 min transfer), where they will board the ship after a quick document check. No Health & Safety checks and check-in will be possible in Monfalcone. At disembarkation in Monfalcone at the end of the cruise, guests will be granted the return transfer to Venice (Cruise Terminal/Airport/Railway Station, as per original travel programme).
Leave the motorway to Venice at the Venezia-Porto exit and follow the signs for Venezia - Stazione Marittima - Terminal Passeggeri. MSC Parking is provided by PARCHEGGIO VTP (Venezia Terminal Passeggeri) as a self-service and is located inside the port area just in front of the embarkation terminals. Only by prebooking your space can be guaranteed as the facility has limited slots.
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
- 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
Santa Lucia Railway station - An MSC shuttle boat directly to your ship is available for a modest fare (no need to take the port internal shuttle). Book your prepaid shuttle service here.
You can also find MSC info desk (between rail 4 and 5) where our Staff will give you information regarding the above service.
Alternatively you can walk to Piazzale Roma (approx.600 metres), where you can take the People Mover train to the Marittima terminal entrance. Upon your arrival at the entrance an internal shuttle will bring you to the terminal where your ship is docked.
Venezia-Mestre Station - The railway station is approximately 10 km from the Cruise Terminal. You can request an offer of MSC Transfer service through MSC Call Center or your travel agent. You can also facilitate your travel with luggage delivery service by clicking here.
Venice Marco Polo airport (https://www.veneziaairport.it/en/) is approximately 20 minutes from the cruise port, depending on the traffic. Alternatively, you can take a taxi boat. You can also request the MSC Transfer service by calling our contact centre or your travel agent. Alternatively you will find an MSC booth just outside the arrivals hall on your right in order to fix your arrangements. When you arrive to Marittima terminal entrance an internal shuttle will bring you to the terminal where your ship is docked. Fly&cruise guests have their transfer included in the package.
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