We Arrive at Venice

We were delayed on leaving Naples.  One of the tour groups was very late in returning.  We learnt later that on the bus for that trip, a man had a heart attack and died.  He was travelling with a number of members of his family.  They all got off the bus, and emergency crews worked with those folks, while the bus eventually was allowed to finish its day and return to the ship.

The ship left Naples at about 9 PM (it was scheduled to leave at about 7 PM) and we header down around the southern tip of Italy, past the heel of the boot, and up the Adriatic sea.  This meant we travelled overnight, sailed all of the next day, continued to sail through all of the next night and arrived in the area of Venice by mid day on the next day.  The ship had been travelling at about 23.5 Knots (It's maximum speed is 24 Knots).

When we arrived in the area of Venice we entered a large channel (Canale della Giudecca).  From the map below, it looks like an island to the south of the city, but it is not.  When we entered this channel, the ship slowed right down, to not make any waves and then travelled for about 1.5 hours to reach the terminal at the left side of map.  The ship docked in that 'slot' of water that the letter 'C' of label 'Car Terminal' is over.

We went picture crazy as we travelled the Canale della Giudecca from the bottom right corner of the map to the 'Car Terminal' area.

Between Mary and myself we took about 30 photos from up on the sun deck of the ship (about 15 decks above the water).  This is a wonderful way to arrive at Venice.  First you pass islands and then you start to pass the city itself.  From our view point we could look over the city, see the canals, see buildings along the waterfront, and have a wonderful introduction to Venice.

All during this time, an experienced traveller was telling us over the PA system, the general highlights of what we were looking at.  Now this I call travelling FIRST CLASS.

Looking of the back of the ship we could see where we had come in from the Adriatic Sea and that we were now in the channel.
It was interesting and there was much to see as the ship advanced along channel.

As we drew closer to the city and details became more evident, our excitement continued.
We now started to see one the many canels the city is so famous for. 

Here we're passing the mouth of the Grand Canal.  The land on the right where the steeple is, is known as St Mark's square.  We would be back to this area by water bus.  From the ship it was wonderful to see the heart of the tourist area.
The waterfront is a very busy area.  In front of the ship you can see water taxis, water buses, public water transport, etc. Along the shore you can see yachts tied up.

As the ship travelled along in the channel, you could see many varieties of boats. At the right is a garbage barge.  We would see these in the canals collecting the garbage, just as we would see the garbage collectors in any city.

Notice that the waterfront street keeps crossing canals.  At each canal there would be a small bridge with a few steps to take you up and over the canal.  This allowed enough height under the bridge to allow the gondolas, small power boats and many types of barges to travel freely around the city.

Look at the number of boats along the shore, and the variety of types.  At the right, that is not a 'house boat' but the place where you get on and off of the public water buses.  They are the equivalent of our bus stop shelters in our cities.

Again we see another of the bridges that allows pedestrians and carts loaded with goods to cross over the canal.

It was easy to see Dennis was enjoying the view, and working his camera probably harder than I was working mine.
The slow speed of the ship gave the time to look at the variety of the cities structures, and boats.  It is just wonderful to see the variety.

It was during this time, I looked down on the front part of a lower deck and was surprised to see people lounging about.  It was later that I learned from Jim that this is a cordoned off section, reserved for the crew.  The crew could use this area when they were off shift and just relaxing.

Jim had learnt about this when he was on a tour of the ship's bridge and they explained some of the facilities on the working part of the ship.  Well done Jim.

As you looked along the side of the ship, you could see everyone was finding a vantage point and enjoying the view of the city's many waterfront areas.

It was easy to see the popular areas of the city.  Look at the number of people out walking on the street and passing over the canal.
When the ship had berthed, this is the view we had from our balcony, looking towards the city.

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