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Saturday’s scene: leaving Venice

2013/08/02by Donna Hull

The view of Venice from the top deck of Royal Princess

The view of Venice through the plexiglass windows on the top deck of Royal Princess

When visitors to Venice, Italy, walk the winding streets or cross bridges that arch over the canals, mountain scenery doesn’t come to mind. But the top deck of a cruise ship offers a new perspective with a Venice view that you might not expect.

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As Royal Princess glides down the Grand Canal in the quiet early morning hours, I see the Dolomites standing guard in the distance. Gondolas are parked in front of the Doge’s Palace waiting for the first passengers of the day and St. Mark’s Square has yet to become crowded with a throng of tourists. The serene view of Venice is accompanied by a sound track of Italian classics from the likes of Andrea Bocelli. It has been worth the early wakeup call to make the kind of travel memory that will last a lifetime.

I watched this Venice view from The Sanctuary, a premium outdoor venue on the top deck of the Royal Princess.  Cruise guests pay $15 per ½ day to enter the quiet, shaded enclave that’s for adults only.

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Disclosure: Princess Cruises provided this travel experience but the opinions are my own.

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A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana, Make It Missoula and is the author of New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure.

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Heather on her travels
August 3, 2013 at 1:56 am

What an amazing view – and great to see Venice before it wakes up in the morning – want to go!
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John August 5, 2013 at 8:18 am

Shame on you for encouraging this damaging practice of sailing ships far too close to Venice’s magnificence. Are you not aware of the damage you are causing?


Donna Hull
August 5, 2013 at 9:59 pm

You raise an important point, John. The situation is complicated including the fact that there is no cruise terminal or services outside of the lagoon in Venice and the important economic benefits all of those visitors bring to the strapped Italian economy. This article from the Wall Street Journal offers a balanced view of the issue: Just my 2 cents but the solution must be determined by Venetian and Italian authorities not a cruise guest. Perhaps it will be to ban the ships but at what price? The article states that many Venetians are already moving away because they have no jobs. For travelers who feel strongly about the issue, I advise avoiding cruises that call on Venice, which would mean most itineraries that include Rome to Venice, Venice to Greece/Turkey or Adriatic cruises. How practical is that?
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August 10, 2013 at 7:18 am

I also love the excitement of arriving in a new dock on board a ship . My favourite was of arriving in Puerto Galera in the Philippines for the first time. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a pretty harbour.
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Donna Hull
August 11, 2013 at 3:06 pm

That sounds like a beautiful arrival. Sailing into Bali has to be one of our favorites. There was a smokiness in the air that seemed very exotic.
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