Cruise ships are expected to move closer to the center of Venice in spring 2027. This was announced by Port President and Venice Cruise Commissioner Fulvio Lino di Blasio. These will not be large ships, but medium-sized ships – entry will in fact be authorized to boats up to 60 thousand tons and 250 meters in length – and they will no longer pass through San Marco but will access it via the Vittorio Emanuele III canal.
After the ban imposed in August 2021, cruises would return to the city center but avoid the Giudecca canal, the one that large ships used before. To do this, constant dredging of the channels is necessary. The companies Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises have already welcomed this decision.