After our wet day in Hvar we sailed into Venice early in the morning.
We went to the Rialto Bridge before getting lost and having to rush back to catch the water taxi.
I managed to fall twice on wet surfaces and was very lucky not to have than bruises and a bruised pride.
Our cruise through the Suez Canal started in Dubai and took us to Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Salalah, then the transit of the Suez Canal, Valletta, Dubrovnik, Hvar, Venice, Split and finally back to Valletta.
Day 22 Monday 8th April: Venice, Italy
I had an early start so that I could be out on deck for the same into Venice. The forward observation deck was open and at 6 am I was one of the first to be out there. I settled into the starboard side of the deck sheltering from the wind.
After passing through the entrance, Oceana was met by a couple of tugs by then the forward platform had by now filled up. The temperature had not improved and with the combination of the wind I was glad to have put on lots of layers.
Oceana reached the cruise terminal and I left the handful of remaining observers and went back to our cabin to get a change of clothes and to go for breakfast.
See this post for more of my images of sailing into Venice.
Into Venice on the water taxi
The gangway of the ship was on Deck 7 and after a short walk we were in a lift that took us down inside the terminal. The hall was empty and we followed everyone else out and onto the dock area. We walked past an MSC ship that was taking on lots of passengers. Next we passed the people carrier Metro.
In the middle of the dock was where we joined a short queue for the water taxi.
We were some of the last passengers to board and I probably was rushing a little too much. Everywhere had been wet as we walked around and I slipped on the steep ladder steps as I descended into the aft section of the boat.
Apart from the embarrassment of falling in front of 50+ people, the only damage was banging my right arm as I fell. Luckily nothing was broken only my pride.
The short trip down the canals was uneventful except seeing all the river traffic from the taxi. This made me realise just how busy the canals were with all the local boats.