Major cruise lines will start to replace their larger ships out of Venice next year.

This follows a decision by an Italian court to suspend the ban until a hearing in June this year.

The death of a 50-year-old German tourist who was crushed by a reversing waterbus last year, forced the Italian government to make some major changes for cruise liners calling at the popular port.

The changes placed a limit on the number of ships bigger than 40,000 tonnes from calling at Venice lagoon from this year.

But the ban on big liners exceeding 96,000 tonnes will now be delayed from November this year.

Cruise Passenger checked with different cruise lines, which have now started to make alternate arrangements to ensure cruisers can still see Venice from at sea.

Princess Cruises


This week, Princess Cruises unveiled its 2015 itineraries, the line will send the smaller Island Princess [91,627 tonnes] to Europe for the first time.

Island Princess will sail 14 Grand Mediterranean cruises from Venice to Barcelona.

The line’s new ship, Regal Princess, which was expected to sail the Med, will be moved to Russia, Scandinavia and British Isles itineraries, including an 11-day cruise departing Copenhagen.

Celebrity Cruises


Celebrity Equinox [122,000 tonnes] and Celebrity Silhouette [122,210 tonnes] have been replaced in the Mediterranean with the 90,228 tonnes Celebrity Constellation.

Venice will be the new home for the older Millennium-class ship as she sails seven-night itineraries from Venice to Greece, Turkey and Croatia.

Northern Europe will be the new destination for Celebrity Silhouette. She will sail itineraries to Scandinavia, Russia and the Black Isles.

Celebrity Equinox will stay in the Mediterranean, however, she will make seven-night voyages to Greece, France, Turkey and select areas in Italy.

MSC Cruises


MSC is expected to announce this month that it will move MSC Preziosa [140,000 tonnes] and MSC Fantasia [137,936 tonnes] out of Venice.

The line is looking at alternative routes for the two ships and is considering moving smaller ships into the city.

However, MSC Orchestra [92,409 tonnes], which currently sails 11-night Venice and Black Sea cruises is expected to return to Venice after completing her Grand Voyage and visit to Australia early next year.

The line said in a statement to Cruise Passenger: “CLIA wants to highlight, once again, how important Venice and the Venice Cruise Terminal are for the entire cruise industry.

“Cruise industry seeks regulatory certainty and wishes to work with all stakeholders to deliver a long-term  solution that safeguards the sustainability of Venice and its cultural and environmental heritage. CLIA with the cruise industry is following the case very closely.

“We (MSC Cruises) are very attentive to this issue and we look forward to a final judgment when it becomes firm on June 12.”