Venice, Italy

Discover the magic and mystery of Venice, a city built entirely on water. Its gondolas, canals, amazing restaurants, and unforgettable romantic ambiance, Venice is definitely a city for one’s bucket list.

An entire stone city concocted from spires and cupolas seems to float on water. Along the iconic Piazza San Marco, elaborate buildings attest to its splendor and elegance. But the city’s character lies along crooked calli and across little bridges.

Cruise to Venice with The Dave Koz Cruise and start easily uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you’ve really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. Have a bicerin, a hot mix of espresso, drinking chocolate and whole milk. Then step out into the palatial arcades and outdoor cafes of St. Mark’s Square. Waterfront palazzos, palaces, and churches make drifting down the Grand Canal feel like cruising through a painting. To really experience Venice you must go to the opera or to a classical music performance, nibble fresh pasta and pastries, and linger in the exhibit halls of an art gallery. Label lovers will drool over the high-end shopping in Piazza San Marco. Ready? Now you can really get going. Venice has 117 islands and a million stories of empire, longing, and glory.

May in Italy is an wonderful month, when the cold has lifted and the sun becomes a daily visitor. The air is still fresh and hardy foreigners can head to the beaches on the Lido. May is considered the best month for seeing Italy, with its sunshine, comfortable temperatures and flowers.


Below is an interactive map of Venice – This application has both a Satellite and Map version for your use.

This application has both a Satellite and Map version for your use.


map_marker_airport-25Marco Polo International Airport – this is the Airport in Venice and will be your starting point.

When you Disembark from the ship, don’t plan an early airline departure.
This is especially important if you’re a passenger from a non-EU country, because you may not get your passport back from the immigration authorities before 9 a.m. or even later.

The departures lobby at Venice’s Marco Polo Airport is often crowded, and check-in can be a time-consuming process. We recommend arriving at the airport no later than 2½ to 3 hours before your flight’s departure.

Allow at least five hours from the ship’s arrival time to get off the ship, use ground transportation to reach the airport, check in, wait in the security line, and reach your flight’s departure gate. (If your cruise line is handling transfer and flight arrangements, you can defer to the cruise line’s schedule).

Cruise Ship Terminal

map_marker_port-25Venice has two main cruise basins: Marittima for larger ships, and San Basilio for smaller ships. 

The Dave Koz cruise on the HAL m/s Westerdam is departing from the Marittima pier.

Directions from the Airport to the Dave Koz Cruise Port:

  • Burano
    The quaint fishing village with its streets lined with brightly colored houses and small shops, is revered for its lace making, a Venetian specialty.
  • Doge’s Palace
    Perhaps the city’s most famous symbol of Venice’s culture, this magnificent 14th century palace was the seat of power and the palace of justice. The Bridge of Sighs was built to link it to the prison.
  • Gondola Ride
    This is the ultimate Venetian experience. Traditionally clad gondoliers pilot you along the some of the Floating City’s inner waterways crossed with scores of ancient stone bridges.
  • Grand Canal
    This busy water way is lined with 170 buildings dating between the 13th to 17th centuries.
  • La Fenice Theatre
    It is one of the most famous theatres in Europe, the site of many famous operatic premieres. Like the Phoenix for which the theatre is named, Teatro La Fenice rose from the ashes in November 2004. Following a devastating fire in 1996 that nearly burned the famous opera house to the ground, massive reconstruction took place to restore the theatre to its original splendor. Known worldwide for its dramatic beauty, La Fenice is also known for being the cradle of many great operas.
  • Murano Glass Showroom
    Murano Island has been the place for Venetian glassworks since 1291. In Saint Mark’s area, You’ll get to see the craft and examine some of the exquisite works for yourself as you tour one of the leading glass showrooms.
  • San Giorgio Church
    The 16th century Church and monastery is considered one of architect Andrea Palladio’s masterpieces. It boasts two of Tintoretto’s greatest works: “The Last Supper” and “The Gathering of the Manna.”
  • St. Mark’s Square & Basilica (outside view only)
    A breath-taking landmark, this famous basilica is unlike any other. It’s adorned with golden facade mosaics, marble and bronze statues, five domes, and spectacular city views from the bell tower.