When I found out our cruise was departing out of Venice, I knew I’d have to try and fit in a glass of prosecco in Piazza San Marco on the way. But my plans were thwarted by a rainstorm and a flight delay, and instead we had to head straight on board our ship. That didn’t mean we missed out on the views though – or the bubbly. As we set sail, we toasted the start of our trip from underneath an umbrella on our balcony. We travelled through the Venetian canals, past palazzos, bridges and vaporettos weaving around us way below. We even managed to get our Piazza San Marco fix as we sailed right past, with fantastic views of St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. There’s been a lot of debate over whether cruise ships should be allowed to sail down Venice’s canals, and they were even banned for a few months earlier this year. So who knows how long it will last, but while it does I can’t think of a more spectacular way to wave goodbye to La Serenissima.
I visited Venice as part of a Celebrity Cruises Venice to Istanbul cruise. Many thanks to Celebrity for hosting my mum and I on the trip. All views and opinions are, as always, my own.