25 April, 2010

Day 23: - Last day in Rome, first day of cruise

Today was our last day in Rome, and it was WET! Even wetter than yesterday!

But we still made the best of it and we headed around the corner to the Basillica of the Angels. It was a very non descript looking building, and looked as though i had either been bombed or in a bad state of repair! But when we got inside, OH MY GOD, it was beautiful! Lots of marble on the floor and walls, ornaments and so on. They also had a lot of bits and pieces about Galilleo Galille! A couple of bits in particular was a story about physics and speed, how pendulums work and even how a hammer and a feather fell to the ground at the same time on the moon back in 1969 where the astronaught stated, "Gallileo was right"!

We then head to our new favourite place in Rome; we had dinner the first night, lunch the second day and finally hot chocolate on the last day! Whilst it may seem as though we went all out first up, and then a little cheaper each visit, it was not the case!

We then headed back to the hotel to collect our bags and wait to be collected for the trip to the port. It was about a 90 minute drive outside of Rome, which was a pleasant drive, what I can remember of it as I fell asleep (not being the driver of course!). We arrived at the port and had our bags taken by the porter and delivered to the room. We then headed through security and in no time at all, we were onboard and in our room!

Nav Seas Room, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.

We settled in and unpack our bag. We consolidated back in Rome and left a bag in the hotel as we are going back there for a night when the cruise has finished! We then did a little exploring before the Safety Drill occured.

Nav Seas Grand Promonade, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.
On Deck Nav Seas, originally uploaded by AussiePomm.

We then started to leave the dock after the ropes were all released, when a taxi came screaming into the dock area. A younge chap got out and was directed to the check in area. Surely as we had already 'departed' we would not go back, but following him was a police car with lights and sirens on! He also went up to the check in area and from inside, both the young chap and a police officer carry an envelope we granted boarding... Must be important!

So now, we have had dinner (one table back from a very large window) with a lovely couple from Rino Nevada, travelling with his mum and a wierd friend of hers (his words, not ours, but we did agree quietly!). It is 8.30pm, mum is in bed fast asleep whilst I am sorting out some last minute details. The ship is rolling slightly Starboard to Port and is really quite nice.

One late update from the cruise director is that, due to a Turist Guide Strike in Greece (Athens) we may NOT go there... DAMN! But instead, we may go to either Crete or Malta instead!

We will also be going to the Dawn Service up on deck 14 in the morning for the ANZAC Memorial...

At the going down of the sun, we will rember them... Lest we forget...


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