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Venice, Italy

Venice Tuesday, September 16, 2003
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Enroute to Venice

Grand Canal

The route from Dubrovnik to Venice had us at port (dockside) around noon. It was nice for a change to be at sea for at least part of the day.

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Entering the Channel to Venice

Gondolas

The Captain took Voyager right down the Grand Canal, giving passengers an unforgettable view of Venice.

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Voyaging Through Venice on the Voyager

Canals

The hallmark of Venice is its narrow streets, and numerous canals.

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Tender to Venice

Gondola Ride

After a 15 minute water taxi to the Plaza of San Marcos (St. Marks Square), I toured the square and then took a Gondola ride. The ride normally was E 120 but I bargained him down to E80 for 45 minutes.

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Plaza San Marcos

Tower

St. Marks Square is the hub of Venice, and is a good starting place when exploring the city.

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Shopping for Glass

Glass Art

Being a big fan of glass, I stopped by numerous shops and finally found some art at the Palensa shop, right on Plaza San Marcos. The art they carry is one-of-a-kind and signed by the glass artisan.

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Impressions of Venice

Canals

Venice is just beautiful. Try and do a post cruise stay there and get to know the city better. You will need at least two full days to see the majority of the city. I highly recommend a tour of the Murano Glass Factory as well.

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Gondola Ride

Gondola For Hire

E$120 to $80 for 45 minutes. I asked how the city handled the sewage disposal, and the gondolier told me that 80% went into a holding tank and 20% raw sewage into canal. Oddly enough the canals did not smell, due to the natural tide and flushing action of the sea.

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Dinner at La Verandah

Sunset

With a buffet of appetizers and a entree'' of beef medallions, serenaded by a troupe of Italian musicians, the dinner was the highlight of the cruise.

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Venice Travel Notes

Do a post stay in Venice. There's just too much to see in one afternoon. Lines are long, people are in masses, especially in Plaza San Marcos. Use rechargeable Nickel Metal Hydride batteries for your digital camera. This trip I decided to try alkaline batteries and they did not last as long, and are E$5.00 for a package of two. I ended up buying batteries on the ship and in Venice.

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Signatures

Dinner Confirmation

When you have a reservation at a restaurant, you will receive a confirmation note.

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Venice Info

Info

Touring information for Venice

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Map

Map

Map of Venice.

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Tender to San Marcos Square

Transfer Ticket

Get your tender ticket early so that you can tour San Marcos Square. The tender ride is about 15 minutes, and returns on the hour back to the ship until late evening.

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Glass Art Store

Palensa

Palensa features the beautiful custom glass work from Murano Glass Factory.

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Palensa

Palensa

Some samples of the glasswork.

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Newsletter

Newsletter Front

Daily newsletter.

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Newsletter

Newsletter Back

Daily newsletter- back.

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Additional Photographs: Venice

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