|Venezia e le Grandi Navi by Gianni Berengo Gardin - courtesy Fondazione Forma|
Cruise Ship Near-Miss on July 7, 2019
Cruise Ship Crash on June 2, 2019#Venezia - Durante un violentissimo temporale una nave da crociera si è pericolosamente avvicinata alla riva tra Giardini e Sant’Elena. Tutti i mezzi di navigazione si sono fermati e allontanati. Paura a bordo delle barche ormeggiate lungo riva. Questo uno dei video in rete pic.twitter.com/TuHKfEAiIT— Tgr Rai Veneto (@TgrVeneto) July 7, 2019
Last month, on June 2, the Festa della Sensa, the day Venice renews her vows with the sea, the 66,000-ton out-of-control cruise ship MSC Opera crashed into the docked River Countess, a much smaller river cruise boat, injuring four people and scaring the wits out of everybody. Here is a report from CBC News:
Anti-Cruise Ship Protest - Post from September 2012
The following is an excerpt from a post I wrote back on September 19, 2012, nearly seven years ago when Venice and Italy were under an entirely different administration. You can imagine that for Venetians to go through the trouble to stage a protest back then, things had already reached a critical point. If you read the entire post, you will see that I have included several quotes from the international press, so the cruise ship situation in Venice was already a global topic way back in 2012.
Anti-Cruise Ship Demonstration in Venice - September 16, 2012
|Photo: Arved Gintenreiter|
|Photo: Arved Gintenreiter|
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Gianni Berengo Gardin Cancelled Exhibition - Post from October 2015
Then, about two years later, on October 23, 2015, I wrote a post about the blocked Gianni Berengo Gardin Monsters in Venice exhibition at Palazzo Ducale, and translated the letter that Berengo Gardin had written to Luigi Brugnaro, the Mayor of Venice:
Venice and the Cruise Ships - Blocked Gianni Berengo Gardin Exhibition Opens in Piazza San Marco
|Venice and the Cruise Ships by Gianni Berengo Gardin - Courtesy Fondazione Forma|
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Gianni Berengo Gardin's Tale of Two Cities by Donna Serbe-Davis
Now, filmmaker Donna Serbe-Davis, is putting the finishing touches on her riveting documentary entitled "Gianni Berengo Gardin's Tale of Two Cities." The documentary allows us to hear Gianni Berengo Gardin in his own words, along with the vibrant voices of those who actually live in Venice. With the knowledge of Donna Serbe-Davis, I recently began promoting the trailer on social media. Have a look:
Gianni Berengo Gardin's Tale of Two Cities from Donna Serbe-Davis on Vimeo.
It would appear that the endless cycle of protests, media coverage and Twitter debates accomplishes very little. According to an article in The Economist on June 8 entitled What slumping demand for cruises says about Chinese tourists:
"America dominates the cruise industry. Carnival, Royal Carribean and Norwegian Cruise Line, which control nearly 80% of the global market between them, are based there. Just over half of the 26m people who went on a cruise in 2018 were American, reckons Cruise Market Watch, a data-provider."Perhaps if travelers -- especially Americans who dominate the cruise industry -- actually heard authentic voices speaking from inside the lagoon they might think twice before about taking a cruise to Venice unless a satisfactory solution is found. The film should be ready before the end of summer.
Ciao from Venezia,
Venetian Cat - The Venice Blog