We left Venice at about 9 a.m. on June 6. The Emerald was docked on the west side of the city, and we went out through the Guidecca Canal, past St. Mark’s Square and Santa Maria della Salute (the dome with all the scaffolding) on the left. It was overcast and spitting rain, but the deck railings were packed.
It took about an hour to sail out of the lagoon that Venice is in, and then we were out in the Adriatic until Dubrovnik the next morning. The day passed with reading (Since we were going through the Mediterranean, I decided to be ambitious and bring along The Histories by ancient Greek historian Herodotus. By the end of the trip, I was about halfway through), participating in a muster drill, going to the fitness center, buying a Naples shore excursion, and going to a port lecture on Dubrovnik. In the evening, Mary and I went to one of the restaurants on board, Michelangelo’s, for formal dress night.
I found a couple of YouTube videos to give an idea of what the ship was like. Here is the plaza on decks 6 and 7:
Here’s a video of the ship moving through the Guidecca Canal in Venice: