Along with the discourse of establishing a cruise terminal in Marghera,
there's also some talk of establishing a mooring facility outside the lagoon.
The folks at the Venice Travel Blog have posted on it at "Should Venice have an offshore cruise terminal?"
While I admit that mine is not the most informed opinion, to a certain degree I understand both sides of the issue. On one hand it must be frustrating to have these great behemoths spewing tourists upon the city on a daily basis
(Piazza San Marco gets downright nuts sometimes), but the tourist dollar is also important for the economy.
As for the actual passage, I've seen that from both angles as well.
It is indeed an amazing thing to pass through the Giudecca Canal,
shooting pictures from the top deck of a gigantic cruise ship.
And yet, standing at the water's edge along the fondamenta near Piazza San Marco, it's a bit disturbing to watch a floating city pass by the historic city,
with many structures that were built before my continent was even discovered.
I'm sure there are as many opinions on this as there are residents in the Veneto.
Only time will tell.
Whatever happens, I'm sure no one party will get a 100% win,
but I'm also confident that everyone will survive it.
While you're on the Venice Travel Blog,
take a look at their post on "Barging from Venice: the beautiful life".