LOCATION: Boarding our “yacht” in Rome – the Windstar yacht/cruise ship
WEATHER: Hot and sunny. High mid-80s
We left our B&B in Rome in plenty of time to catch our cruise ship. The “All Aboard” horn at 3:00 PM would give us 5 hours to get there.
First we learned that the train to the port city from our station only left hourly, so we had to wait until 11:30 AM to catch the train. I thought I had read that the duration of the trip was 20 minutes, but I goofed up. It was a good 1.5 hours to the port city. When we got off the train (along with cruisers hauling massive suitcases), we stopped for a coffee. That was a bad decision. When we went out to the bus stop to catch the bus to the cruise ship shuttle service, the buses had stopped for siesta. So, we decided to walk, following the directions in Trip Advisor.
Lies, lies – they said an easy 15 minute walk, clearly marked. Wrong, wrong, wrong. It was about an hour walk and we were uncertain that we were going in the right direction. I about had heat stroke. Being Sunday, there was no one about to ask. So, we just kept on walking. We finally saw a sign. We boarded the ship at 2:40, with just minutes before the doors closed.
Once on board, we relaxed with a welcome glass of champagne. Whew!
This is a very luxurious ship. The main reason we chose it is that it is small – about 200 passengers. Also, the fact that it is a sailing ship is cool. Once we departed, we watched the captain unfurl the sails, accompanied by classical music. How majestic!
We attended the mandatory safety class – George already seated at the bar.
This promises to be a great week at sea. This is our route….
And this is our ship
Our room is so big and deluxe!
DINNER: In the main dining room. George had steak; I had a shrimp/scallop risotto. This cruise does not emphasize quantities of food, just quality. There are no all-you-can-eat buffets, or ice cream bars, or midnight buffets or anything like that. Much more sedate and sophisticated.