Maybe I'm way off base but follow my train of thought (once a scientist always a scientist ;-) :
From an earlier post on itinerary planning by TA member "Luckybluesman", I was introduced to his term "port load" to mean how many cruise ship passengers were expected in Venice on a given day. What an interesting concept, I thought--so I did a little Google hunting to find out what this might mean for us.
By going to vtp.it/pages/calendario/calendarioFiltri.jsp…
you can find out which ships are due in or docked by plugging in the date. I wrote down the ships listed, and when they were scheduled to depart.
Then I found a website www.shipstips.com. It lists nearly all cruise ships by name, and you can click on the "cruise ships statistics" link to find out their passenger capacity. Pretty cool!
That way, I found out that the 2 full days we're in Venice (assuming close to full capacity of ships) there could be as many as 9500 folks in Venice just off the ships. Wow! And...the day we leave, there are no ships due in--just one lingering from day before and leaving midday. Big difference!
So, what is my take home message? Not sure what this means, except 1) I think we'll stick to our US Pacific time zone and not fight jet lag those two busy days: nap in the afternoons and wander "backroads" Venice early in the morning and later at night (does this make sense to those experienced travelers?) and 2) we will linger on our last day (leaving by car, so our schedule is our own) and enjoy fewer crowds during the day, and maybe plan the more "mainstream" sights this day?
Curious if this really works this way--do those of you who spend more time in Venice see swells in the tourist numbers related to the ship schedules? If so, this might be an interesting tool to plan a trip if you want to be in Venice a few days...