Sunday dinner was in the Loggia restaurant. We have been nicely surprised to see that, as opposite to other cruises, each party has an individual table without sharing it with other people. Usually it's nice to chat with others, but in this period, social distancing is always appreciated. We had swordfish as appetizer, after that I enjoyed seafood pasta while wife had cod Genoa style. Dessert was sacher tarte for me and coconut cake for wife. Very good!
Back in the room we received an angry letter from the captain: we had skipped the mandatory safety drill. We didn't feel guilty at all, while the drill was held we were not on the ship… we were at the terminal waiting for our COVID results. Not a major issue, the drill was replayed on the television and we will have just to reach the assembly point tomorrow to be ready in case the ship will sink.
After dinner we finished to unpack and booked seats for the theater. The theater works only at half capacity so seats have to be reserved. The show, ROCK IT, included rock songs and dances and was very enjoyable.
Monday morning we docked in Civitavecchia, not to far from Rome and our excursion was a walking tour.
We had a rich buffet breakfast in the restaurant just above our stateroom and disembarked to reach our bus.
After one hour and a half travel, the bus left us in the center of Rome. We walked to see the most characteristic places of the city, see the list of the places in the excursion description picture. Our guide was very good and his explanations were very fun with even some spicy stories.
This is a ‘bubble’ cruise: only passengers booked on MSC organized excursions can disembark and it’s mandatory to remain in the group not having contacts with other, potentially infected, people. We had to be careful, while taking pictures or videos, not to be left behind. The story of a family who left the group and was forbidden to board again was on the newspapers.
The tour was longer than expected maybe because one of the tour participant was a MSC mega galactic manager who, while traveling on board in the imperial suite, was checking the quality of the cruise components.
We were back to the ship at 17.00, just in time for the missing part of the safety drill… now if the ship sink we know where we will drown.