The cruiser departs from Venice, Italy and makes a trip to Istanbul and back. You can embark and disembark the cruiser at any port included in the trip (Venice, Bari, Katakolon, Izmir, Istanbul and Dubrovnik).
“Getting to page“ refers only to Venice as most participants begin and end their journey in this city. The cruiser departs from Venice cruise terminal. Make sure you have enough time to get to the terminal from the airport, bus station etc.
Information of exact terminal will not be known until the day of departure but there is nothing to worry. Once you arrive to the Venice cruise terminal (Venezia Terminal Passeggeri or Stazione Marittima) there will be MSC signs and personnel and staff who will direct passengers to the cruiser (MSC Preziosa). Venice cruise terminal is located near Piazzale Roma, which is is the last stop for wheeled motor traffic in Venice. Piazzale Roma is a square at the entrance of the city, at the end of the Ponte della Libertà. This is where land transportation arrives and water transportation departs. The square acts as the main bus station for Venice. There are bus links to Venice Marco Polo Airport and Treviso Airport. The square is close to the main Santa Lucia (Ferrovia) railway station for Venice, linked by the Ponte della Costituzione bridge.
GETTING TO VENICE
Airlines flying to and from Treviso Airport and info on their services:
Airlines flying to and from Venice Marco Polo Airport and info on their services:
Transfer from Venice Marco Polo airport
From the airport you'll need to arrive to Venice cruise terminal. There are many options on how to arrive to the terminal, especially if you are coming from Marco Polo airport (water ferry, water taxi, private boat transfer etc.). The terminal is located near Piazzale Roma and Santa Lucia railway station. Directions on how to reach Venice Santa Lucia train station can be found here for Treviso airport.
Here are the most popular options for transfer from Marco Polo airport:
A taxi (regular, land taxi) from the airport to the cruise terminal will take about 20 to 30 minutes and cost about €35.
You can also get to the terminal by Alilaguna public ferry blue line (tel. +39-041-240-1701, www.alilaguna.it). At the airport, grab Linea blu (blue) ferry, which makes its leisurely way around Venice, stopping several times and arrives at the Cruise Terminal—the end of the line—in an hour and 45 minutes. One-way ticket is €15, round trip €27).
There are also two bus options. Either the €6 ATVO airport shuttle bus (tel. +39-0421-383-672, www.atvo.it; 20 min.) or €1.30 ACTV public bus no. 5 (tel. +39-041-272-2111, www.actv.it) will take you to the end of the line at Piazzale Roma—which is very close to the terminal.
To cover the final 900 yards from Piazzale Roma to the cruise terminal, you can either:
Find out more information here.
As mentioned before, Venezia Santa Lucia (Ferrovia) station is very near the cruise terminal, so keep in mind to get off at that station and not Venezia Mestre station. From the station cross the Ponte della Costituzione bridge and you’ll find yourself on Piazzale Roma square. From there, follow the before mentioned instructions. See here for timetables and the possibility to purchase tickets in advance online.
You can use Viamichelin web site to plan your trip from your home to Venice. If you are coming by car, keep in mind that parking in Venice can be very expensive and that the Conference lasts for a whole week. Venice cruise terminal offers a car depot service (actively guarded and under video-surveillance), guaranteed only upon reservation. Located in the Port Area it is at walking distance from the embarkation point. Price for a weekly cruise is €95, more information and online booking are available here. Alternative parking option could be the Tronchetto parking, as it is quite near the terminal and very spacious (costs €21 per day).