Thursday, January 21, 2010

We're back!

Well everyone is asking about our cruise so I'm going to try to get to it in the next few days — as well as other things we want to talk about.

This was the ship; the Costa Pacifica, just inaugurated six months earlier, in July of 2009.

Suffice to say that the two-week trip surpassed all our (quite limited) expectations in every way! Twelve days on board, full board and our own cabin going south and east through the Mediterranean with stops at Savona, Civitavecchia, Katalono, Pireas, Rhodes, Limassol, Askdod, Port Said, and Alexandria.

Although we went ashore at every stop but didn't take excursions every time. One consideration was our budget and the other was the sheer novelty of everything around us. Since it was our first time on such a cruise we had decided that we most of all wanted to come away with a "feel" for some of the Greek islands. It worked and was a dream-come-true!

We left for Nice on Thursday the 7th, leaving the snow (!) and minus five degrees temperatures getting into Saint-Raphael on the TGV over an hour late due to the uncommon meteorological conditions — we could see snow on the fields until past Lyon!

Serge was there to meet us and we spent the night with him and Lilliane who took us out to a Moroccan restaurant for couscous. Next morning, after driving around a bit, we headed for the SNCF station at Nice where we were due to meet our cruise bus just before noon.

From there, everything was provided and their organization was meticulous and impressive. We rode to Savona arriving in the middle of the afternoon and went straight up to our cabin where our luggage had been already put for us and our trip began as the ship pulled out that evening. Over three thousand, seven hundred passenger and over a thousand crew making almost a small city with five thousand people aboard — yet the boat was designed in such a way that you never felt crowded. With twelve floors and a length of 400 metres there was always somewhere to go and something to do!

I took a few pictures for you to give you a little taste of the holiday — the first we have ever taken for two full weeks away from the rest of the family!

1 comment:

  1. Oh, I'm SO excited! I can't wait to see the photos - are you posting them on here or somewhere else?

    I'm so glad that it exceeded your expectations - that is what most people say...

    Wow...there were twice as many people on your ship as there are in our little town!

    Love and hugs,