Today was the end of cruise #1 and the start of cruise #2 which meant we spent a day at the Civitavecchia, Italy pier. We had grand plans of joining a tour and heading back into Rome to see more of the sites but when we went to book we realized it wasn’t worth the nearly $200/per person 9.5 hour tour. Half of the tour was back to the Vatican which we had already seen, the other 1/4 of it would be spent on the bus going to and from the ship to Rome (it’s an 1.5 hour trip both ways) and the other 1/4 would be viewing the Trevi Fountain which was currently under restoration and cleaning. Needless to say we decided against the tour!
Brandi, Sue and Aaron went in to town, but my family decided to stay on the ship and have an “at dock day”. We watched the old passengers disembark and the new ones embark. Today was beautiful so we spent most of the day laying by the pool and upper deck reading, playing cards and resting.
After going out for a walk we reentered (or tried to) our floor but even with our special key the door wouldn’t budge. Sadly my dad came right behind us and it worked for him…apparently Alex just isn’t that strong!
The big change today is new neighbors. Last week we had great neighbors. In our private area there are eight suites (we take up three of them) and we got along really well with everyone. The neighbors to the left of my room were from Germany had two kids, 8 and 12, who spent a lot of time in the pool but were really quiet. The people across the hall have three girls, ages 3, 12 and 14 and we never see the older to girls but their little Emma entertains everyone in the Haven – they also are staying on for this second cruise) and the third set have a son and are also traveling on with us. It was a quiet group of people. Our four families got along well and pretty much took over the Haven. Today however, is a whole new group of people.
The neighbors next to me left and have been replaced with three loud obnoxious kids who have taken over the pool with constant screaming, yelling and running. The kids have no respect for anyone, they are continually shouting for the butler to come and bring them items. It’s just plain rude. I’m hoping they quickly discover the kids drop-off day care and we see less of them because I can already see they’re going to be a problem. They’ve now moved into the exercise room and are playing on the treadmill, it’s only a matter of time before one of them gets hurt…..
Tomorrow is another at sea day, so I’m looking forward to another day lounging by the pool, this vacation life is really taxing on a girl!!