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Economy or environment? Cruise ship’s return divides Venice

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VENICE, Italy — For some it was a welcome sight, for others, a return to the bad old days.

As the first cruise ship since the coronavirus pandemic made its way through the heart of Venice on Saturday, it was escorted by triumphant water-spouting tugboats and elated port workers.

But the 92,409-ton, 16-deck MSC Orchestra was also met by a small armada of wooden boats carrying flags bearing the message “No Big Boats” as it traveled down the Giudecca Canal, past the iconic St. Mark’s Square and the Doges Palace.

Hundreds also gathered alongside the canal to protest against the ship as it left the city en route to Croatia and Greece.

“We can’t accept anymore that just for the business of a few, they insult the city in this way,” one of the protest’s organizers, Tommaso Cacciari, told NBC News.

“Some say we are the most beautiful city in the world,” he said. “We are a very fragile city, a very unique city, and so we can’t adapt the city to…

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