A recent article in The New York Times provided a one-sided and inaccurate view of cruise ship visits to Venice.
Jason Horowitz’s article “Venice, Invaded by Tourists, Risk Becoming Disneyland at Sea” (August 2), does not provide a balanced view of cruise visits to Venice. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Cruise Line Members are committed to safeguarding the sustainability of Venice. The industry provides significant economic benefits while striving to preserve the city’s natural environment and protecting the cultural heritage.
Cruise passengers’ trips are planned far in advance with pre-determined itineraries, ensuring a seamless travel experience for passengers and Venetians.
The positive economic contributions to Venice from cruise lines exceeded 170 million euros according to a 2015 Risposte Turismo report.
In their commitment to sustainable practices in Venice, cruise lines exceed regulatory requirements by voluntarily committing to use low-sulfur fuel for entrance and docking in the lagoon and while at the pier, known as Venice Blue Flag agreement.
Venice is a treasure, and we are doing our part to ensure its preservation for all who live, work and visit there.