Our European Trip - 2005 travel blog

Garbage Scow in Venice

Pigeons in St. Mark's Square

Gondola Marshalling Yard

MS Rotterdam in Venice

Carnival Liberty in Venice

Christine ready for Lifeboat Drill

Iain Ready for Lifeboat Drill

St. Mark's Square from the Rotterdam

Leaving Venice and Storm Behind

Christine in Suite


We had packed before going to bed last night and encased our luggage in plastic bags as the weather was again predicted to be wet. We had breakfast and then went for a walk as the forecasted rain had not started. We covered the Square again and walked round an area we had not previously visited, then came back to the hotel. We checked out and walked over to the Rialto Bridge to catch the vaporetto. It was as usual, crowded and we had to hold on to the cases as the boat did its waltz amongst the gondolas and garbage scows. When we got to the Piazzella Roma the rain was starting so we took a cab to the boat. We had planned to walk, but the weather did not cooperate.

We dropped our luggage and got checked in. We were soon on the ship and settled into the Neptune lounge where we had sandwiches and fruit while we waited on our cabin being prepared. When we got into our suite we watched the Carnival Liberty docking across from us while we waited on our luggage.

Our luggage came just as we were leaving for a presentation on Santorini and Kusadasi. We found it quite interesting and much better than the presentations on the Alaska cruise last year which seemed to consist mostly of pressure to buy certain goods at certain stores.

We returned to the cabin and unpacked and read some of the welcome literature. The ship sailed at 5:00 pm and we watched Venice slip past with a different view from what we had come to accept over the past few days. The rain had come on and was again quite heavy. Although there was some blue sky to the north, the direction we are headed was black with threatening clouds.

We got ready and went to the Captain's Reception in the Neptune Lounge across from our suite and met some other passengers on our deck. We went to dinner and had a beautiful meal. Our table is shared by a couple from Caledonia, outside Hamilton, Ontario and another couple from Fullerton, California. The latter were surprised we knew where it was and had in fact been on the street where they live!

We had a walk through parts of the ship we had not visited then went to the Explorer's Lounge where we listened to a string trio play some classical pieces.

Tomorrow we should be in Dubrovnik and plan on walking around the old town.

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