Venice Cruise Liners
Venice Cruise Liners

Venice Cruise Liners

08/06/21

Demonstrations have been taking place in Venice as a cruise liner entered the historic centre of the city despite a ban being introduced last March. The government had announced that the ships would no longer be allowed to sail past St Mark's Square and dock in the historic centre. Instead, they would be diverted to the industrial port of Marghera while a cruise terminal was built outside the lagoon. However, a considerable amount of infrastructure work needs to be done before they will be able to access the port. In the meantime, the only way for the ships to enter Venice is via the Giudecca canal. It is here where a huge MSC liner crashed into a wharf and tourist boat in June 2019, injuring five people. The protesters are accusing the Government of deceiving them over the announcement. However, there were opposing protests, held by Si Grandi Navi, which is a movement that supports the thousands of people in the area whose livelihoods depend on the cruise industry and who have been out of work since the pandemic struck in spring last year.