Cruise Lines International Association, the cruise industry trade association, has responded to calls for larger cruise ships to be rerouted from Venice’s Giudecca Canal in light of the latest incident.
“CLIA cruise lines welcome the statements by the Mayor of Venice demanding an urgent solution that would allow cruise vessels to enter Venice cruise terminal via an alternative route to the Giudecca Canal. CLIA Cruise Lines recognize his views are supported by many locally in the region, and in national government.
“The member lines of CLIA have been actively engaged in discussion about using the Vittoria Emmanuele Canal as a solution for a considerable time, and have been cooperative in simulations and studies that resulted in the Comitatone recommendation.
“CLIA urges all parties in Venice to reach a conclusion to start the preparation work to dredge the Vittoria Emmanuele Canal to begin to reroute larger ships.”
Adam Goldstein, chairman of CLIA, added: “The cruise industry has worked diligently with the Mayor of Venice, the Veneto Region, the Port Authority and many others, to find viable solutions to allow larger cruise ships to access the Marittima berths without transiting the Giudecca Canal.
Cruise Waves has requested an update on the MSC Opera incident, but no one was available for comment.
Update: 4 June 2019 – reports from Passengers on-board suggest that MSC will be refunding all passengers on-board following the incident. MSC Opera to remain in Venice while investigations are ongoing.