Coastguard confirmed safe distance from shore, says Carnival

Carnival Cruises has defended itself over allegations that one of its ships passed dangerously close to the Venice shoreline, saying the Coast Guard has confirmed its safe distance from shore.

Venice locals reacted with outrage after local blogger Robert Ferrucci raised questions about the Carnival Sunshine’s safety while watching the ship from a bar on the promenade on Saturday.

“Rather than moving to the centre of the canal, it brushed the shore dangerously trapping a water taxi. It was incredible,” he said.

At the time of the incident, former Carnival chief executive Micky Arison was moored on the same part of the shoreline, and media speculated that the manoeuvre was in fact a sail-by salute.

However, in a statement, the company dismissed the suggestion as “unfounded”.

Former Carnival chief executive Micky Arison was moored on the same part of the shoreline, and media speculated that the manoeuvre was in fact a sail-by salute

“The passage through the Venice Lagoon occurred in full compliance with navigational regulations and well within the accepted parameters for distance from shore.”

The cruise line said the ship had passed more than 70 metres from Riva dei Sette Martiri on the planned route.

“The distance from shore has been confirmed by the Coast Guard, the local pilot association and Carnival Cruise Lines,” it said.

Mirror cruise writer and TTG contributor John Honeywell, who was onboard Sunshine as a guest of the cruise line when the incident occurred, said claims that the ship was too close to shore were “total fiction” and “total nonsense”.

“The incident has been compared by some commentators to the navigational showboating which led to the Costa Concordia tragedy 18 months ago, and it has been seized upon by campaigners who want to see cruise ships banned from passing Venice’s fragile heritage,” Honeywell wrote on his blog.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Howard Goldman

    They should moor the ships by the airport ....!! Saves lengthy & costly transfers and then passengers can go by water taxi or each ship's own tenders to Venice island as and when they want to go and see the sights...

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