Yes, we were the typical tourists. But it's Vegas, everything's tacky!
We bought our tickets for $15 and had about an hour wait, which we used to explore this beautiful hotel. When we boarded the gondola, there was yet another photo op. Again, we looked so good (we had a joke that we looked hot in Vegas) that we bought the photo.
Our guide's name was Alfredo. I'm not kidding. He had lived in Italy and also had performed in "Cats." He sang two songs to us in Italian as he steered us down the canal. I didn't understand the words, but the songs were beautiful anyway. The trip along the river was just peaceful. Though I've never been to Venice, that's how I would imagine it to look - though not as clean.