Posted June 23rd, 2009, 06:35 PM
We are going to Venice a day ahead of our cruise on the Osterdam in September. What is the best way to get from the airport to our hotel at the Rialto Bridge?
How early can be schedule a return flight from VCE at the end of our cruise? Delta has an 11:30 am flight. I also worry that Delta would change the time, I think they can change it as much as 3 hours, which would be impossible.I wouldn't book an 11:30 flight, especially in Venice. It isn't so easy to get from point A to point B carting luggage. When we disembarked in Venice we weren't in hurry because we stayed 3 extra days. However, it was pouring rain and very difficult. You had to get a voucher just to reserve a water taxi and then go to the water taxi line and wait. It took forever. This was 2001 and maybe things have changed but I still wouldn't chance it. Italians take their time about things and you never know about the weather or unforeseen circumstances.
Take the regular city bus from outside the airport and get off at the Vapaetto dock, then take it for very little money and it is very easy. Walking in Venice is what it is all about. You can actually walk from the the boat dock to the ship if necessary but there will be buses.Thanks ... Come Sept '09 we will stay in a small pensione near the fish market / Rialto Bridge area. My wife has thought the bus is the best, easiest, least expensive way to go from the airport. Land 11ish am at the airport, stay one night in the pensione, then boarding Oosterdam the next day. Please give us some more of your thoughts on the bus, etc.
Thanks for the help. I think we will stay one night in Venice post cruise.We are also staying one night pre-cruise. We are thinking of the Marriott near the airport for either one or both. Which would make sense? (We have points for one night). Would the Best Western be a good one for the other night?Sunshine Nana--Personally I would stay at least one night in Venice proper because it really adds to your experience of what Venice really is about. I would spend your arrival night in Venice itself and suggest you stay near the train station, in the Cannaregio area, so you are closer to the ship. I've never stayed in this area, just suggest it for convenience with the added perk of really being in Venice. Then for your post cruise night stay at the Marriott where you have points. That way you are close to the airport.
Thanks for your help. Sounds like a great idea!Sunshine Nana,