For the first time since the coronavirus pandemic started, a cruise ship has arrived in Venice, regardless of the existence of a ban on vessels of the sort getting inside the city’s historic centre.
The MSC Orchestra – the cruise ship, is due to set around 650 passengers aboard on Saturday in order to go on a Mediterranean voyage.
However, there’s still COVID-19 protective measures being executed with the rule that no passenger is allowed to board unless they test negative for the virus.
Despite that, environmental protesters are plotting a rally, claiming that cruise ships are wearing away the foundations of the historic Italian city – Venice.
Additionally a rival demonstration is expected on Saturday which is in support of the reopening of the tourist season in Italy.
In an unrelated development, cultural figures and celebrities, such as: Francis Ford Coppola and Mick Jagger have put their sign on an open letter that calls for an absolute ban on big vessels docking in Venice.
In the letter that was compiled by the Venetian Heritage Foundation directed to the Italian government, the celebrities claimed the city was at risk of being “swept away” by cruise ships.
The MSC Orchestra arrives in Venice two years after another cruise ship, MSC Opera, collided into one of Venice’s docks.
Fortunately, there’s no sign of any major injuries in the incident.