Protests against huge cruise liner

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Since the wreck of the Costa Concordia in January, environmentalists have stepped up their efforts to have large cruise ships banned from the lagoon which surrounds the historic centre of the canal city. Big cruise ships enter the city to drop off passengers conveniently close to the historic centre and the Grand Canal.
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Sophia sails into row about monster ship in Venice

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The monstrous vessel, which is 40m longer than the wrecked Costa Concordia, swept past St Mark’s Square, and no doubt blotted out the sun from some positions, while protesters, like specks on the shore, waved banners which read “No Big Ships”.  Environmentalists are urging Italian screen legend Sophia Loren to ditch her endorsement of the latest giant cruise liner to sully the views and pollute the air of Venice. The 140000-tonne MSC Divina was christened by the actress last month in France.

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