Friday 21 September 2007

The Mediterranean Cruise - Part 2 - Helsinki-Civitavecchia

Helsinki - Fiumicino

Rise and shine! Early flight commands an early wake up. 5 am is a bit too early in my books, but for as good a reason as this I am willing to stand on my head if it is what it takes. The flight from Helsinki to Fiumicino Airport in Italy takes around three hours, and everything went smoothly all the way. In the air we luckily had a change to catch some sleep and good reading. I personally enjoyed the August issue of the Cigar Aficionado I had grabbed from the airport.

Fiumicino - Civitavecchia

This time, we did not have the opportunity to visit Rome, since our boarding was due in the early afternoon. From the airport we got a ride to take us to the Port of Civitavecchia, north of Fiumicino and Rome. It was nice to watch the countryside of Italy to pass behind the windows of the air conditioned car. The trip to Civitavecchia took about an hour, and as such, it was a pleasant experience. Closing down the seaside and the port, a humid breeze rose from the warm waves of the Mediterranean Sea. On the horizon, you could see the deep blue of the clear sky taking turns with the golden glimmer of the sun applying gentle brush strokes on the canvas of the beautiful sea.

Boarding the MSC Sinfonia

When we got to the embarkation area, we noticed that we were there early and had to wait for about two hours to get onboard. Thank god there were refreshments and, even more so, thank god I had a good book with me. Finally our turn to board the ship came and we were welcomed very warmly and with a high standard of service. We headed up to our cabins and got all our stuff out of our luggage. Then we headed for a tour around the ship.

Nice indeed.

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