We were in no big rush to be the first onboard so made a quick journey out on this last morning in Rome to pick up a pair of shoes admired in a window late last night . And since we were passing a gelato place, I figured why not. There are so many flavors to try!!! I had a scoop of coffee, nutella and chocolate.
When we got to the port in Civitiavecchia (a 75 min ride from Rome) we were able to just about walk right on the ship. On this cruise they collected passports to be returned at the end of the cruise.
**Tip: Before leaving home make 2 copies of your passport. Leave one with someone at home and bring a copy for yourself (info pages only).
**Tip: Remember to pack anything you may need immediately in a carry on (medications, bathing suit). I think our limo driver thought we were crazy when he took our bags out of the trunk and we began opening them all in the parking lot searching for bathing suits).
We have a balcony cabin. I love sitting on the balcony early in the morning with a coffee I grab from the Promenade. That being said, I'd take an inside if it meant that or not going. Get on the ship anyway you can!
The Navigator of the Seas has 2 specialty restaurants, Chops Grill and Portofino. We have reservations at both this week. There is a nominal fee but they serve meals as good as any fine dining restaurants on land. But more about that on another day.
The Royal Promenade has Vintages, featuring Robert Mondavi and Berringer wines.They also served sangria which I'll try later in the week. Some other Voyager class ships use this space as a sports bar. The atmosphere was lovely here and we sat a while for a pre dinner glass of wine and a plate of appetizers.
Tomorrow we arrive in Messina. See you then.