In the latest development following the grounding of the Costa Concordia, several Italian officials are calling for an environmental protection ban to keep big cruise ships from sailing close to the scenic Italian coastline and from such sensitive environmental areas as Venice.
The officials include Italy’s Environment Minister, Corrado Clini, and three senators from the Italian Democratic Party. The senators want an emergency decree issued.
Agents can read the story at Vagabondish: http://www.vagabondish.com/call-to-ban-cruise-ships-from-italian-coast/
It's interesting to note that Fincantieri, one of the world's top shipbuilding companies -- and a key economic engine for Italy's economy -- builds large cruise ships in the Venice area.