Mediterranean — 2010

Leaving Civitavecchia

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

We had breakfast at the hotel around 7:30, then packed and waited for the shuttle.  We’re so happy Gayle arranged for transportation directly from the hotel to the ship.  It cost  € 70 per couple and was worth every penny not to have to cab to the train, take a train ride and then another cab to the port.  We left Rome around 10:00 and arrived at the Holland America Noordam shortly after 11:00.  Marylee and Ward just arrived this morning and we met them at the cruise terminal.  The check-in process went pretty quickly, but we realized when we checked our room keys that they had scattered the 14 of us around the dining room (2 levels) instead of putting us together as promised.  Fortunately they fixed it quickly.  Late in the morning we were in the Strait of Messina where we could see Sicily to the west and the toe of the boot of Italy to the east.  We had lunch in the dining room and were able to get into our cabins around 1:30.  The group is at two tables for dinner, one table of eight and another of six.  We plan to mix it up so we have a chance to sit with everyone throughout the 20 days of the cruise.  After a nice dinner, we checked out the casino--Jay lost a little but Barbara is up $8.  Whoopee! We checked out the program in the lounge but it was mainly introductions.  Bedtime was about 11:00.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

We spent a relaxing day at sea.  Breakfast in the dining room was good (we had an interesting conversation with a couple from Seattle), as was lunch.  We played Team Trivia in the Crow’s Nest at 4:30 and then joined our gang in the Ocean Bar for Happy Hour at 5:00.  Tonight was the first formal night, so we had a group picture taken on the atrium stairway.  After dinner most of us skipped the show and had another early bedtime.

Strait of Messina - Sicily on left, Italy on right

The Noordam - Ocean Bar

The Noordam

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