Cruises to and from Venice - Marghera, Italy

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Venice cruise: discover the art, the palaces, the canals

Even if you have visited it countless times before, Venice never loses its ability to take your breath away. This is a city that once held power and influence over the whole Mediterranean, and it’s not hard to see why when embarking on a Venice cruise. With its stunning Renaissance palazzos and fairy-tale canals, it is truly unlike anywhere else in the world.
Explore everything that this spectacular city offers on a Venice cruise. Watch the sunset from the Rialto Bridge, take in the beauty of St Mark’s Square with its glittering Basilica and stop to snap a picture of the iconic Bridge of Sighs.
Don’t miss out on that essential experience: a ride though the beautiful Venice canals. Whether you drift though the city on a gondola or take a slow vaporetto (waterbus) ride down the Grand Canal, this is an experience that’s hard to beat.

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Pick the perfect itinerary from our list of Venice cruises. Sail the Adriatic Sea, including the stunning Croatian coast and the Ionian islands.

Head east to see the ancient wonders of Crete and Cyprus. Visit Venice with MSC Cruises.

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This magical city on water once ruled the waves. From here, merchants and explorers set sail across the Mediterranean and beyond. Capture their spirit of adventure on one of our cruises from Venice, the ideal starting point to see the Adriatic coast, relax on the Aegean Islands or learn about Italy’s past.

Set off from the Venice cruise port at Marghera to discover other historic port cities like Genoa and Marseille. Cruises from Venice also let you explore the Venetian heritage of Croatia’s stunning coast in Split or enjoy an island break in Zakynthos and Corfu.
Venice was known as the gateway to the lands and legends of the east. Today, cruising from Venice can open up the wonders of the Eastern Mediterranean in Athens, Crete, Rhodes, Mykonos and Santorini.

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Set sail on one of our cruises to Venice and soak up some authentic Italian magic – there can be no more fitting way to visit Venice, a city built on water. Work on getting your sea legs by exploring its beautiful lagoon islands or taking a gondola ride down the Venice canals. Drift past the grand marble buildings lining the Venice Grand Canal before stepping back on dry land to study the shimmering mosaics of St Mark’s Basilica.


Whether you’re after a plate of delicious seafood pasta or an artistic masterpiece, this city is truly the gift that keeps on giving. After treading narrow streets and crowded piazzas, top off your Venice cruise with some island sun and relaxation, sailing along the beautiful Croatian coast towards Corfu, Mykonos or Crete. Or go further and sail to Kotor on Montenegro’s coast. Whatever you’re looking for in a holiday, MSC Cruises has the perfect itinerary for you.

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Venice excursions: dive into the floating city in style

You’ll be forgiven for not knowing where to begin in a city as immense as Venice. Thankfully, the smart and savvy guides on MSC Cruises’ Venice excursions can do the hard work for you, helping you smoothly navigate the best attractions in Venice.

This means heading straight to the headline Venice attractions, along the way uncovering a few hidden spots loved by locals. There are resplendent churches and Renaissance masterpieces to be wowed by, of course, and clues about paradigm-shifting historical events, but you’ll also get to experience contemporary culture, too. Our Venice tours let you live the city in full.


Please, note: Guests with an MSC Shore Excursion in Venice will be taken directly from the ship (docked at Venice - Marghera) to San Marco Square by boat enjoying an approximate 45-minute ride along the Venice canal. The on board MSC Excursions team will take care of every detail.

Venice Access Fee

How does it work?

Starting 25 April 2024, daily visitors entering Venice between 8:30 and 16:00 are required to pay €5 before entering – guests travelling to and from the Stazione Marittima cruise terminal to complete the embarkation or disembarkation procedures are not required to pay, as long as they do not enter Venice.


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Please note that the following categories are exempt from paying the fee:

  • Embarking/Disembarking cruise lines guests travelling to Venice just to join the cruise terminal on embarkation and disembarkation day, do not have to register (if they do not enter the Ancient City);
  • Tourists spending the night in Venice, Marghera, or Mestre (already subject to the tourist tax that applies to overnight visitors) and MSC Stay&Cruise guests;
  • Guests going from Venice Santa Lucia Train Station directly to Maritime Station, do not have to register (if they do not enter the Ancient City);
  • People born in Venice, for instance, must show only their identity card (or other document showing the place of birth);
  • Under 14 years old must show only their identity card;
  • People resident in Veneto Region;
  • Holders of the European Disability Card and their accompanying person;
  • People accessing Venice for school, work, or medical care.


How do I pay the Entry Venice Fee?

The new payment system requires visitors to obtain a QR code showing proof of payment of the access fee or their exemption (check for info).


To obtain your QR code ahead of your arrival, please visit and follow the instructions.

While there are no physical barriers to enter Venicethe local police may approach you and ask you to show your QR code or any other proof of payment/exemption at any time during your stay. Failure to provide this could result in a fine ranging from €50 to €300.


Please note that MSC Cruises cannot be held liable for non-compliance with the above.

MSC Excursions

Guest booked on Venice shore excursions managed by MSC Cruises do not need to pay this fee directly, as we will process this on their behalf and debit their onboard account. We strongly advise all visitors who are planning to visit Venice on their own to obtain their QR code before entering the city.

MSC Stay & Cruise Venice

If you have booked a hotel stay in Venice through the MSC Stay & Cruise programme, you are exempt from paying the Venice Access Fee. However, you still need to register for the exemption and obtain your QR code.

How to reach the Venice Cruise Terminal

Can cruise ships dock in Venice, Italy?

Yes, cruise ships can dock in Venice - Marghera without sailing through the city center. For many years, ships had to navigate the Giudecca canal to reach the Venice Cruise Terminal. Authorities have now provided an alternative by opening of Venice - Marghera also to cruise vessels.

What are MSC Cruises embarkation procedures from Venice - Marghera?

All embarkation procedures including luggage drop-off, meet & greet and Health and Safety operations are held at Venice Cruise Terminal in Venice Maritime Station (Venice Passenger Terminal). All embarking Guests will then be transferred to Venice - Marghera, where they will board the ship after a quick document check.

Where is Venice Cruise Terminal?

Venice Cruise Terminal is in Venice Maritime Station (Venice Passenger Terminal). Address: Marittima Fabbricato 248 - 30135 Venezia - Italy.

Is it allowed to go directly to Venice - Marghera without going through Venice Cruise Terminal first?

No, guests must complete all embarkation procedures at Venice Cruise Terminal before being transferred to Venice - Marghera. Guests who might be arriving to Venice - Marghera on their own will be asked to go to Venice Maritime Station (Venice Passenger Terminal) for check-in operations and thus might risk being late for embarkation.

How do I reach the car park at Venice cruise port?

The car park for MSC Cruises passengers is located directly in front of the Stazione Marittima cruise terminal at Venice port and is provided by PARCHEGGIO VTP (Venezia Terminal Passeggeri). When driving from the airport or anywhere else on the mainland, follow signs to Venice via the SR11 highway. Before entering Venice, you will cross over the Ponte della Libertà, a bridge connecting the city to the mainland. At the end of the bridge, take the first right towards the port area. You will then see the cruise terminal in front of you. Simply follow the signs to the parking area in front of the terminal.

PARKING VTP (Venezia Terminal Passeggeri)

Address: VENEZIA TERMINAL PASSEGGERI S.p.A. Marittima Fabbricato 248 - 30135 Venezia - Italy. 

Tel. (+39) 041 2403033/40 - dal lunedì al venerdì dalle 8:00 alle 17:00


How do I get to Venice cruise port from the airport?

Venice Marco Polo Airport is located on the mainland, around 13 kilometres to the north of Venice cruise port. The easiest way to reach the cruise port is to arrange for an MSC Transfer service either via the MSC call centre or your travel agent or refer to our staff on site on your arrival, if you are arriving on the day of the embarkation.

You can also request a taxi, which should take around 20 minutes in good traffic conditions. Alternatively, take the bus. The number 5 bus takes approximately 25 minutes to reach Piazzale Roma by public bus (usually line number 5). The closest stop to the cruise terminal is Liberta’ Santa Chiara, around 500 metres away.

If driving, follow signs to Venice when leaving the airport, which will take you westbound on the SS14 highway. Continue until the SS14 ends and brings you to the SR11 highway and the Ponte della Libertà bridge. Cross over the bridge and take the first right to enter the port area, after which you will see the cruise terminal.

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How to get to the Venice cruise port from the train station?

The main train station in Venice is Stazione di Venezia Santa Lucia, around one kilometre east of Venice cruise port. The quickest way to get there is to take a right when leaving the station and go over the Ponte della Costituzione bridge to Piazzale Roma. You can then take the People Mover tram one stop towards Tronchetto, leaving the tram at Stazione Marittima. The entrance of the port will be on your left side once you leave the People mover stop. You can also walk the entire way in approximately 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can get off the train at the station of Venezia-Mestre and take a taxi to Venice Cruise Port.