Travel in Italy- Mediterranean Cruise

The shuttle came at noon to pick us up to go to Civitavecchia and I met the other passengers with whom I had been corresponding on Cruise Critic. Everyone was reallly nice and excited about the cruise.

We boarded the Norwegian Epic around 1:30 or 2 and the embarkation process was seamless. There were no lines and it was the easiest boarding of a cruise ship I have ever experienced. The ship is gorgeous and I was really excited.


When I got to my studio cabin it was great. There was plenty of room for one person and the space was very efficient. within 20 minutes my bag came and I was unpacked in not time and ready to have lunch and explore the ship. I am very impressed especially with the Living Room, which is a special lounge just for the solo passengers in the studio cabins.


There is a coffee machine there which makes cappuccino 24/7 at not charge. I think I could just stay on this ship and not go anywhere and love it.

After the lifeboat drill there was a Meet and Greet arranged by one of the other passengers who had arranged the shuttle. It was nice meeting some of the other passengers and enjoying a Cosmopolitan in the Bliss Lounge.

I think I like the idea of a break from the internet for awhile. I saw a great show tonight, Legends in Concert and then spent a little time in the casino. Tomorrow is an early day. I am going to Cinque Terre and meeting Angela there in Monterosso. Update to follow.

4 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    Thanks for the recommendations. I’m still trying to convince Joan to go by train then car or bus. She wants to hire a driver in Rome- $$$$$$.
    Hope you had a wonderful visit.

  2. Jan Steinel

    we are currently in Rome and staying for 2 more days. We are in a hotel near the train station. We plan to take the train early tomorrow to Campobasso arriving there around 9AM. How do you recommend we get from there to Colle d Anchise. We are considering renting a car once in Campobasso.


    • margieinitaly

      Hi Jan,
      I sent you a message to your email, but I would recommend a car with a GPS. There also is a bus from Boiano to Coll and probably from Campobasso as well. Enjoy!

  3. imarancher

    Sounds nice, I haven’t been on a ship since the 9/11 so I have never had a difficult boarding. People were happy to see us coming and my luggage got to my room before I did. Travel has sure changed since then. Now we are grateful for an “easy” boarding. The ship does sound very nice and I have never heard of a singles lounge, let alone called the living room for effect. Very smart these folks.

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