Cruise ship opponents planned a party in Venice after two Italian cruise operators announced they were dropping the city from their 2020 itineraries.

Activists with No Grandi Navi (No Big Ships) said the lagoon had been “liberated” after MSC Crociere and Costa Crociere decided their vessels would instead set sail from Trieste or Genoa when services resume on 16 August and 6 September respectively. It is unclear for how long the companies will steer clear of Venice, where locals have been campaigning for years to have cruise ships banned, but the new itineraries will be in place at least until the end of the year. The ports of Trieste and Genoa are said to be more practical for access and for managing passenger flow safely within coronavirus regulations.

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