Published: April 5th 2012April 4th 2012
I decided to make an additional BLOG entry from the cruise ship, since the only ferry I have been on was going to the Toronto Island. Plus, it was like a little town in itself, since the trip took 22 hours. Overview:
We decided to take a cruise ship (named Grimaldi), from Rome to Barcelona. This required us to take the train from Rome to Civitavecchia (1 hr, 20 min.), where the port is located. We got to Civitavecchia and were pleasantly in awe of the little port town and the overwhelming view of the Mediterranean....simply breathtaking. We arrived at the ship 2 hours early for check-in hoping that we could drop-off our luggage and tour around Civitavecchia a bit. NOT!! They had nowhere for us to securely leave our luggage, so we had no other choice (other than to cart it around) but to hang-out at the port. Everything was fine...I was reading my book and listening to my IPOD, while Terri was watching some TV shows she had downloaded to her IPAD. Then much to our chagrin, and 1.5 hours before boarding, groups of students arrived and YES, they were taking the same ship. Approximately 150-200
Unconditional Surrender Statue....
...and me as the Third Wheel...lol
teenagers from wherever??? And yes, they were all over the ship. Like ants on a picnic lunch...hollering to each other, running up and down the gallies, laughing, screaming....etc. Terri finally had enough and went to the reception desk to inquire about moving our cabin...no success. Although they promised to send security...we’ll see if THAT makes a difference!!
Looks like it did! Whewwww....after a good night sleep, we enjoyed a day on the ship meeting and talking to some of the other passengers and crew. Then I saw my first Italian attraction...Massimo a really handsome and Italian...and married guy....I am a magnet for the married ones for some reason....lol. My opinion of taking a cruise ship rather a train or plane to Barcelona?
: DO IT!!! A great experience. Especially if you have never been on a cruise before. They offer many of the comforts and amenities as any cruise ship, and it is a very more serene way to travel. The food:
Good!, The people:
Other than the 200 highs school students (who really didn’t bother us, other than the noise in the early arrival hours on the ship). Cost:
Only $93. Euros one-way (the train was
63. Euros one-way). I would highly recommend that anyone traveling from Italy to Barcelona, include this mode of transport in their travel plans.
Enjoy the pics. Next stop......Barecelona!
There are more photos below