Thursday, August 16, 2012

Cruise draws to a close with a great return visit to Amalfi

Vegetable carving
 At Sea 13 August
Our first full day at sea was relaxed with some reading, a fruit and vegetable carving demonstration, a navigational lecture, and a good wine-tasting before the formal cocktail party, dinner & show followed by another visit to Crooners.  The captain announced that one couple had accumulated over 770 cruise days!
At Sea 14 August
Our second sea day started after breakfast with the culinary demonstration with the Executive Chef & Maître D’ performing in a comedy duo.  The latter, Nicola Furlan we have come to know reasonably well since he arranged our dining on the first day.  We are greeted with a wave and a smile every time he walks through the restaurant.
We knew the cruise was cosmopolitan but the 3,200 passenger list is well balanced between British, American, Canadian, Italian, French, and Spanish people.  We have met a number of Australians.  The overall quality of the cruise and entertainment is probably the highest we have experienced and the whole experience is relaxed even on port days.  The shows we have attended have been less than full, perhaps because there are three shows and some of the dining is quite late.
Naples, Italy 15 August

A great visit to the Amalfi Coast
Amalfi Coast
An early start for our day on the Amalfi Coast.  Our bus took us first to Sorrento where we excused ourselves to re-explore Sorrento on our own.  We then re-joined the group for an early lunch – this time at a restaurant near the centre of the city.  After lunch we returned to the freeway near Naples and we were then in Salerno before we knew it.  A cruise took us along the coastline from Salerno to Amalfi and return. We had an hour in Amalfi and, of course, we had to stop at the café for a lemon granita.
Back to Naples by 5pm to pack and have dinner.

A great return visit!
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