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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Venice (Italy) - Enter the Lagoon


The Captain announced that we were entering the waters around Venice and told everyone that they really should find a place along the walkways as the "Sail In to Venice" is one of the grandest sail-ins of all.  I went to the 15th deck and squeezed my way around the railings until I found a tiny spot at the front of the ship.  Perfect!
The map shows the path that we were to take as we made our way tediously through the 118 small islands of the Laguna Veneta (Venetian Lagoon), following the marked "path" to get to the dock.  This segment of the Sail-In is marked on the map as a yellow arrow.  I found it interesting to learn on wikipedia that the Venetian language named this area "Laguna Veneta", taken from Latin lacus for lake.  We now have the international name for an enclosed, shallow embayment of salt water, a lagoon.


On the right side as we entered the waterway was "Il Faro di Punta Sabbioni", the Lighthouse of Punta Sabbioni [#1].  The beach in the background is a large beach area.  We can't see it from the ship, but there is a huge water park.  Click here and watch the photos of the water park.  The long strip to the lighthouse is a walkway.

To get an impression of the size of the lighthouse, click on the photo and look at the people standing at the base of the yellow structure.
This photo shows the beach.  This is a huge camping beach, one of the largest in Europe.  (Marked as [#2] on the map)

Our heads were swiveling left to right as we entered, so I am going to show the sights as we passed them, as we took them, swiveling left to right.

In front of us, a distance away, was a little tug boat.   The boat on the left is [#3] on the map.

(I'm still working on this part but wanted to send some photos!)
 Our little tug boat leads the way to get the huge cruise ship safely to the docks.


 The marked channels define the deep waters. A lot of the lagoon is shallow.







 The tug boat captain makes his fancy moves to position his boat in front of the ship.
 I think that the boats are attached as we pass through the narrow, deep channels.


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