Sharon Miceli shares some photos from Rome:
I wanted to be where the action is and the Trevi Fountain is it!By Day...
How to get from the port to the city is a common question. It takes about an hour and a half either by road or rail and the $70 to $100 per person that the cruise lines charge for the transfer causes my callers to ask for an alternative. After all, the train costs only 4.5 Euros, approximately $6.
At tea one day I listened to a spry 70-something gal describe the walk from the port to the train station in Civitavecchia as a very easy 15 minutes. I considered this idea and also, perhaps, taking a tour from the ship and just remaining in Rome at the end. But I decided I would try the train so I could better describe it for my clients. Besides, I needed the exercise.
Civitavecchiafrom Google Maps: Red X on the Left is the port, Red X on the right is the train station. It really doesn't look that far.
The occasional showers that accentuated our visit to Florence, home of the Italian Renaissance, could not dampen the enthusiasm of the throngs of tourists nor lessen their numbers. The timing of the thunder, however, as I entered the Duomo, did give me pause for just a moment but the tri-colored marble monument is still standing tonight so all is well!
The Tri-colored facade of Il Duomo
After a frenetic day in Barcelona I was ready to take it relatively easy in Marseille and the tourist train was just the perfect way to see this city in a relaxing, whimsical manner.
I’m giving Barcelona 3 A’s for Art, Architecture and Action, oh, the action! What a happening city! Even under overcast skies and occasional sprinkles the crowds were sizeable, diverse and lively no matter where I went, and I went everywhere thanks to the hop-on, hop-off sightseeing buses.
Perhaps one of the least known Riviera ports amongst even my most traveled clientele is Alicante, Spain. Up until today I didn’t have much of a description to offer either except to surmise that it must be delightful being located on the romantic sounding Costa Blanca. Delightful doesn’t even do justice to this charming stop on our way to Barcelona.
It looked more like a foggy day in London town as we pulled into port today for a visit to the Rock. Although it is physically attached to Spain the tiny nation of Gibraltar maintains a staunch British identity and it seemed to underscore that point by rolling out dense clouds and light drizzle upon our arrival. Disappointing? To some, yes, but what makes a pub feel cozier and a freshly steeped pot of English tea more inviting than a gray day?
FREE MONEY. Need I say more? In this day and age it would be careless to ignore such an offer so it is always wise to stop by the Future Cruise Desk aboard your ship to find out how to earn some free spending money.
A simple decision can alter the course of your life. Decisions you make in your home, at your office, even the decision you make every day when peering into your wardrobe can have a profound effect on your future. Making decisions is stressful. It’s no wonder we agonize over the vitally important decision called vacation, that meager ration of free time that we hope will not only renew and restore both our bodies and souls but will also add a colorful page to our scrapbook of memories.Suppose there was a place where all decisions were good ones, a place where you couldn’t make a mistake. Well there is. If you ask me, a cruise is the easiest vacation decision you can make, a sure thing in my opinion.
Whatever your style of vacation, I assure you that you can make it happen aboard a cruise ship. The sheer abundance and variety of activities offered aboard the Crown Princess, for instance, is a great example of how a cruise vacation makes sense for everyone.Spontaneous Balloon Volleyball Before the Crew Talent Show
I have only a select few structured activities planned for this vacation. Other than a couple of off-the-beaten-path sites that have intrigued me enough to seek out I simply plan to see where each day takes me, follow my nose. The Crown Princess is of like mind, it seems, as we have strayed from our path twice now in only 48 hours.
We've all grudgingly attended the mandatory safety drills prior to setting sail for a cruise. Each ship has it's own style of executing this unpopular task and as we obediently form ourselves into slow moving streams of orange clad zombies we are prepared to devote as much attention to lifejacket features as we do to seatbelt demos on airplanes. But have you ever wondered what would happen in a genuine emergency at sea?