This was the end of the first leg of our two week cruise and for about 500 passengers of the MS Ryndam, it was their final disembarkation point. We also were to pick up about 400 new passengers.Here is our Cruise Log from Piraeus (Athens) to Civitavecchia, Italy:
|The pleasant warm temperatures and smooth seas exceeded all our expectations|
We knew it was impossible to do justice to this great city with only 8 hours in port. To get a quick overview (with the promise to return in the future), Ron and I had booked the Easy Rome Excursion which promised a drive-by of Rome's highlights by bus with an hour and a half stop at St. Peter's Square in Vatican City.
Arriving in the outskirts of Rome about an hour and a half from port, our on-board guide began to describe the sites. I took blurry pictures through the window of our bus as we drove by ancient Roman ruins, fountains and squares, parks, and statues. Too fast.
We stopped in Vatican City at the entrance to St. Peter's Square. It was very crowded with groups of tourists and families who were there for the Day of the Family and to meet the Pope. Ron decided to wait for me while I did a quick walk about St. Peter's Square which was much smaller than I had imagined.
|Ron had been here before so he just rested away from the madding crowds|
|The Basilica of St. Peter|
|It was a National Day of the Family and groups of families awaited an audience with the Pope|
|Waiting for the Pope (but he never appeared)|
|I purchased some souvenirs from a Vatican souvenir shop|
|The Tiber River|