Travel Bulletin

Venice cruise ban?


When MSC Opera collided with Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection’s River Countess in Venice following a mechanical failure last month, it prompted renewed discussion­s about whether large cruise vessels should be allowed to access the city via the Giudecca Canal.

Italy’s Minister of the Environmen­t Sergio Costa took to social media in the aftermath of the accident, calling for a ban on cruise ships on the waterway.

Cruise Lines Internatio­nal Associatio­n’s Chairman Adam Goldstein welcomed the calls, stating “The cruise industry has worked diligently with the Mayor of Venice…to allow larger cruise ships to access the Marittima berths without transiting the Giudecca Canal”.

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