If you have booked airport transfers via the cruise company then you will be met at the airport and taken to join your ship. You might see some sights on route but no stops will be made until you arrive at the dock where your ship is berthed then you will have to be check-in and photo taken and then taken to your cabin by which time it will no doubt 3/4 p.m. Before the ship sails possibly around 5.30 you will have to go through the fire drill that all cruise ships must do before leaving Venice, so doubt you will find much time to get off and sightsee. You would have perhaps been better to have flown out a day or two before joining the ship to allow sometime to have seen Venice, but don't miss the sail away there are some lovely sights to see as you leave Venice.
Yes,Blyth is correct but it would be such a shame if you couldn't spend some time in Venice.We had a late flight at the end of a cruise when the ship docked there so managed to get a few hours for sight seeing before the bus to the airport.Is that a possibility?
Thanks for your answers-we booked this last minute and so the Cruise info. has just today, Friday 18th, been confirmed for us. We have had the outward flights to join the cruise confirmed on the 'phone, firstly Frankfurt then onto Venice itself to arrive there at 1.30pm. Not had the flight tickets turn up yet so not sure of return flight times. I do hope that we do get some time time in Venice, maybe as our flights are so early leaving the uk, 7am to start of with, we might be lucky enough to be given later flights home enabling us to have a look around. Thankyou though.
Yes i agree with the other contributers. our friends left it to the end a much better idea but they were not flying back with their tour operator so had the freedom to do that.please be warned that embarkation is not all that speedy ( abit of a shock) we arrived much as your timetable indicates but although flying and meeting the bus to take usto the port went to plan waiting to embark was abit of a nightmare.only water from the drinks station, noisy tired children, seething tired husband and a 'very long time to embark' you'll be given a numer on entering the 'shed' or 'holding pen' as we so lovingly called it - take a magazine or book and escape during your wait but be warned!!hubby must keep alert for number called. not much time on first night to change especially if your on the first sitting 6.30 meal - general luggage amount overwhelms staff - seething hubby found ours himself!! seething hubby didnt take change of clothes in hand luggage he he. go register your credit card as soon as you get on board (please see my review) but having said all that i really had a good time with lots of brilliant memories and some fantastic friends made - do hope you have a wonderful time best of luck ...... write a review.
Traveling on costa fortuna on the 13th july 2009 can any body offer advice as to what time to go the port to check in as we are in venice on the 12th july 2009 and want to get rid of our luggage first thing on the 13th.