Day 19 (1 July): Murano and then MSC Sinfonia

Looking toward Venice from Murano

Looking toward Venice from Murano

This chandelier is in the foyer of the hotel.

This chandelier is in the foyer of the hotel.

We had a morning to explore Murano, so we set off before the bulk of the crowds arrived from Venice.  As usual we wandered through the side alleyways and the waterfront.  We marvelled at size and complexity of the chandeliers.  With LEDs they are able to do more progressive designs without sacrificing the light.  The traditional designs still persist, including this massive one in the foyer of the hotel. Of course we bought some glass trinkets while we wandered.  We found the furnace we had visited with our children in 2008 and then ended up in  one of the residential areas.

Alas it was time to go.  We checked out and boarded the vaporetto direct to the train station and Piazzale Roma.  Then it was onto the People Mover to the cruise terminal.  We headed to our ship which was at the far end of the terminal - remember we are wheeling two large suitcases, two carryon bags, a handbag, a backpack and another large bag.  It was only when we got to the boat we realised there was a shuttle from the gate.  A few moments of murderous rage occurred.

We finally checked in and explored the ship. Lots of Italians, Germans and French and a surprising number of Australians and South Africans. A high school group from the Central Coast is doing a Human Science tour of Europe - lucky them.  We chatted with a family from North Parramatta as we sailed out of Venice.

Our cabin is on deck 10 and is quite spacious, with an outisde window and plenty of storage space.  Unfortunately MSC broke the handle and a wheel one of our suitcases. Broke as in completely... snapped... off.  We have reported the damage and are anticipating a fight over compensation.

Santa Maria della Salute with St Marks belltower in the background

Santa Maria della Salute with St Marks belltower in the background

Cruising passed the Arsenale

Cruising passed the Arsenale

Sailing down the Guidecca

Sailing down the Guidecca

We are on a table of nine, including two sisters from South Africa, a couple also from South Africa, a single woman born in South Africa but grew up in New Zealand and now living in Australia.  Lastly there is a couple from Newcastle - Australia that is, not Newcastle South Africa or Newcastle England.  Of course there is much conversation about rugby and cricket.