We decided the best approach for 'us' was a balanced one. We arranged our own half-day excursions and saw all the sights we wanted to see.
Our day began by dropping off Molly at the kennel (Muzzles and Snouts) and then driving to Toronto (2.5 hour drive) the day before to avoid any inconveniences. We stayed at one of the many hotels near the airport that provided free parking and shuttle service.
|Clearly our travel agent was on the ball.|
|Airbus A330-200 operating for Alitalia from Rome, Italy arriving at Toronto Pearson International.|
As we neared our destination we saw a beautiful sunrise.
After arriving in Rome we had a bit of a wait before collecting our luggage. It isn't necessarily a bad thing as speed is a variable related to location. lol
Going through customs was a breeze and before we knew it we were in Civitavecchia, the port city for Rome. Embarkation went smoothly and we were issued our Seapass cards. These are issued to all guests and serve as an identity card, access control (key) to your cabin and charges to your account.
It wasn't long before we left port and headed to our first port of call... Messina, Italy (Sicily, the motherland to the Mafia).
Beautiful weather accompanied us throughout our cruise.
Stay tuned, there is more to come.