Once more, my piece (peace?) of mind is being fragmented by various running, screaming and obnoxious small children. Oh, and the large one on the piano across the room who is starting a round of “name that tune.”
This is the last night on the ship, we are headed into Barcelona in the morning.
Not to sound like a crab, but the small people (IMHO) should be in bed by now. The teens have been great, and are all packed.
Again, Livorno where the ship docked is a distance from those places which might be interesting. We saw a bit of the town considering that we did the hike from the shuttle stop to the train station.
Given the choice between paying $89 each for the bus ride to Florence, we elected the 15€/3 people and the 10.50€/3 people and went to Pisa. I even spent some of the savings on presents and still came out ahead.
The weather was beautiful, Ms Maus did not want to climb 300 steps. Ms Kletter and I hiked up. Now, you have to ask yourself. Why would people who never climb a flight of stairs or walk more than a couple of blocks decide they are fit enough (and will fit through narrow passages)? I have been doing 4+ miles a day and still felt a bit winded by the time I made the top. Never going to volunteer for a skyscraper race…
Civitavecchia is not Rome. Even if you call it the port of Rome, it is not Rome. Not when it is 90 minutes by bus. Another nasty surprise: unlike other cruise lines, NCL does not provide a shuttle into town. In those ports where you can’t hike out, they charge for the shuttle. Go figure. Not high on my “taking care of your vacationers”
Of course, if the girls had managed to get up like we planned at 0700, we might have gone to the train station and traveled somewhere. But at 1100+ when they finally rolled out of bed, it just did not seem worth it. Something about a late party….
They are having a good time, including spending 1-2 hours a day studying and plenty of time in the gym.
I am still trying to find a nice quiet knitting place, and came across an “I love me wall” for the ship as well as more primitives passing as art work.
I have not fallen off the end of the earth, but with the cost of connection from the Norwegian Gem, I am limited my connect time to almost nothing.
We started in Barcelona, went on to Malta, spent yesterday in Naples and today it is Citiavecchia (actually the girls and I are turning down the high price of a coach in favor of taking the train).
Tomorrow will be Livorno, (and off to Pisa – see above) with Sat in Cannes before getting back to Barcelona on Sunday in time to catch a flight back home.
Shopping wise we have done none. The girls are spending time on both studies and the hot tub with regular forays into the gym.
There are a lot of people on this ship, but no one else likes the gym at 0500 so I have not had any problems having lots of time on the treadmill.
Knitting is going well (2 prs of socks done, one sleeve to sew in on the first sweater and 15% into the second.
There were all these fancy, expensive tour packages.
And one could also wander around by themselves. I think our choice was obvious and a morning was well spent hiking around the island, seeing most of the streets and otherwise keeping ourselves entertained.
Did I mention that in spite of there being way too many people on this ship (500 below the age of 21 alone) the exercise room (open 24 hours a day) is completely empty at 0500?