After a night of biting insects and restless sleep we headed again for the water taxi to take us back to the bus square. We found a much quicker way to the taxi point and again managed to negotiate the crowds and the bustling Venetian people.
The square was as busy as any place we had encountered in Europe, probably full of cruise tourists like us as there were 5or6 ships in the harbour that day. We managed to find a small train to get us to the cruise centre and from there we were quickly processed and were boarding our home for 11 days, the Zuiderdam. Funnily enough, we met a very friendly Aussie couple while waiting in line and they have become our new best friends for the voyage, just lik on the Trafalgar trip! We settled in our cabin, very luxurious and comfortable with a great balcony and on the 7th deck! Took a while for the two Kiwi kids to come down to earth.
We rushed up on deck to watch the ship leave Venice and what a sight that was. It seemed as though Venice had come out to see us off! The tugs did a great job getting the huge ship back out from its birth and around 180 degrees to head out into the channel. We stayed up on decks for a long time as we began this new adventure.