Posted October 7th, 2012, 09:11 AM
Sorry not to report in sooner -- the hotel internet was not friendly and was expensive. So, we are HERE!
We enjoyed our two days in Rome -- using Rome Cabs (Claudio and Michael), we saw the aqueducts, old roman walls, Appian Way, Castle Gandolfo and environs, Hadrian's Villa and Villa D'Este. All very nice. Had a lovely dinner in town near the Spanish Steps (Live Restaurant -- CDreamer will likely post something on the Rome restaurants thread). Then drove to Trevi Fountation and threw the required coins to ensure our return to Rome! Claudio showed us some wonderful views of Rome, complete with almost full moon!
Yesterday, we headed to the port with a detour to Ceri -- a delightful hill town. We had a wine tasting and a lovely lunch. Arrived at the ship about 3:30 and were greeted by Capt Terje, Peter Rima, and Jeff Fithian. Somehow, we have never sailed with Peter in all our nights on SD and we look forward to getting to know him. Jamie is M'aitre D; Shaun Chief Bartender, Roland and Michael bartenders. Jasper is our waiter; June is here and several other familiar faces. Chela is at the concierge desk and Elena is Chief Purser, but we haven't seen her yet. Katherine is Assistant Club Director; Katherine is also the name of our cabin stewardess; and George is the pianist. Think that's all the names I can think of now!
We are Deck 4; CDreamers on 2. Dinner last night was good -- avocado and baby shrimp terrine and tournedos rossini for me and cointreau souffle for desert. Quick breakfast this morning before heading off to Montecassino -- a Benedictine monastery on top of a mountain that has been destroyed about four times, most recently in WW II. Quite spectacular. Gaeta is charming with an old fort and a cathedral up the hill. Unfortunately, there are also a lot of flies about today so opted not to wander the town. We head to Sicily in about an hour.
One note to FT -- no mussels today! Whatnot knows some folks on this week, one of whom mentioned the mussels, so I was surprised not to see them on the menu. Oh, well -- the lasagna was wonderful -- with Tomacz, what else would you expect?? We are hoping for a chef walk with him in either Amalfi or Sorrento -- dependent on when they finally decide to do Pompeii.
We were able to book excursions for this week in advance, but some have been cancelled. No info on next week, so we will see. I like the pre-booking option, but it still depends on numbers as to whether or not the tours go!
So, that's it for today -- I am trying to remember to take pictures of the menus so I can talk about them later
It is soooooo good to be back on board!!