Rome to Athens (part 2)

With our adventures in Rome behind us, we were transferred to Civitavecchia where we were due to board the Azamara Journey. It was our first time on this ship – but we had been on the Azamara Quest twice before. It is surprising to find everything exactly in the same place as on the Quest. The Captain is excellent as is his twin brother (for those who have travelled on Azamara Journey before you’ll appreciate the shot I took of them having lunch).

Upon arrival at Civitavecchia we were greeted by the sight of the largest cruise liner in the world, the Harmony of the Seas. It takes 6780 passengers and 2100 crew and has 16 decks. In comparison, the Azamara Journey has less than 700 passengers….

The cruise was brilliant and we saw a few places we hadn’t been to before and some we had. The Captain did us a great favour by changing the schedule around at the end – we swapped Santorini and Mykonos around and that meant that instead of having to fight our way through 15000 passengers from 7 ships, there were only 3500 from 3.

Here are images from the cruise itself :-

 

Rome to Athens (part 1)

We decided to take a cruise from Rome to Athens this year for our Pearl Wedding Anniversary. As we hadn’t been to Rome before, we asked our travel agent, Bolsover Cruise Club, to organise a couple of nights in Rome before the cruise departed from Civitavecchia.

I had booked a Vatican City tour for the afternoon we arrived in Rome but we made it by the skin of our teeth. Plane late, transfer late, room not ready, wrong directions for meeting place, been there, got the T-shirt…. Anyway, to the credit of the Company organizing the tour, they left someone at the meeting point in case we showed up – brilliant. If you need them they’re called Vatican City Tours.

The following day we walked around Rome itself and went from our hotel which was in the Vatican City area, across to Piazza del Popolo, then Villa Borghese, down to the Spanish Steps, which were cordoned off for restoration work, down to the Trevi Fountain, then the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Castel sant’Angelo and then back to the hotel. A long day but thoroughly enjoyable. The next morning before leaving for the cruise terminal at Civitavecchia we had another stroll across Ponte Sant’Angelo up to Piazza del Popolo where we enjoyed a coffee and people watching session.

Here are some images from our full days walk :-