There are two main areas where your cruise ship may dock. One of them is Marittima (full name Baciono Della Stazione Marittima), at the western side of the city, consisting of four terminals: Terminal 103, 107/108 and Isonzo 1-2 are all dedicated to larger vessels; and Terminal 123, dedicated to ferries. There are various facilities at the terminals: there are food court and shopping areas at the Terminal central body, Wi-Fi throughout, A/C, waiting rooms with VIP lounges, check-in desks, luggage storage space, ATMs, public phones and passenger information desks. Parking and transportation to central Venice is also available. There are water taxis (“motoscafi”) for hire and the far cheaper water shuttles (“vaporetti”) as well. The nearer airport is Venice Marco Polo International and it’s 20 min away by car, 15km distance. Treviso Airport is the alternative one, 40 min by car, 42km away. Getting to the sights of Venice is easy and straight-forward. There is a “People Mover” light rail link that connects the Marittima area to Piazzale Roma, the station is in front of Terminal 103. You can also walk an unpleasant walk from your terminal, just short of a kilometre. From Piazzale Roma you can catch a “vaporetto”, number 1 or 2 along the Grand Canal to Piazza San Marco – the most popular square of Venice. You can also walk the distance, it’s about 2km away. Venice is very easy to explore on foot. For a car-less city, this is the best option, as well as the affordable water-shuttles. The water taxis mentioned above for private hire make an expensive ride for £80 or so, even for short distances.
The second area where smaller cruise ships would dock is San Basilio Terminal in the Giudecca Canal. This terminal is also well-organised, with similar facilities as the Marittima ones. The Venice Marco Polo Airport is a little further, 25 min by car, 15km away and the Treviso Airport is 45min by car, 43km away. The public transport option here is to walk east along the promenade (about 8 min) and get to the San Basilio vaporetto stop to get to Piazza San Marco in about 20 min.