Farewell San Marco, the first cruise ship docks at Marghera

The dock at Fusina is used for one of the most luxurious cruise ships in the world. Passengers are bused to and from Marittima


By Mitia Chiarin and Lorenzo Porcile

2 September 2021


VENEZIA. The first cruise ship moored at the temporary docks at the RO.RO terminal in Fusina, the afternoon of Thursday, September 2. The big ship arrived in the afternoon with more than 350 passengers. The Europa 2, flying the Valletta flag, is positioned on a dock of about 300 meters. The ship MS Europa 2 has been called the most luxurious cruise ship in the world by cruise operator Hapag-Lloyd.

Operational management is led by VTP; from the information we were able to obtain the ship remained in port and the passengers did not disembark. Friday between 7 and 11 in the morning passengers will board buses that will take them to Marritima to receive their baggage and check out. After that they are free to immerse themselves in the beauty of Venice or take a taxi to the airport for the journey home.

From late morning until 15:00 Friday departing passengers will take the opposite journey: they arrive at Marittima, where baggage check and control takes place, then take Covid tests in terminal 103-104, followed by check-in. Then passengers will board buses to be taken to Fusina, where they go through customs and board the ship.

For the industrial zone of Porto Marghera, with its working docks and warehouses with walls and walls of containers this is a first in the world of cruises, imposed by the degree of the first of last August that prohibited the passage of cruise ships through the bacino di San Marco.

The plan for cruise ship dockings for the rest of the year has been established by the Port Authority of Venice. 31 “white ships” will arrive: 18 of them will go to Venezia Terminal Passeggeri (VTP) as they conform to the limits of weight under 25,000 tones and the others set down in the Decree; 10 will go to Terminal Venice RoPortMos of Fusina, 1 to the Vecon terminal, and 2 have destinations to be announced in the coming days. Ships that exceed the limits called for by the decree will travel the Malamocco-Marghera canal. Organizational and management aspects related to the system’s operational model are also being finalized.

Source: La Nuova di Venezia e Mestre

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