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