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Old 06-13-2010, 07:20 AM   #46
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Wow!! What an adventure and soo many great memories to have with your family!
Thanks for your detailed report and stunning pics!
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great trip report and pictures you got going here.
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Old 06-13-2010, 02:07 PM   #48
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Really enjoying your report...glad we could deliver the Magic to you!

Those few days with the ash situation were interesting for those of us on the ship too.

BTW, I agree about "Once Upon A Song". I loved it...very talented young people on the ship. The following morning was our Character Breakfast and those CMs were escorting characters, so we got a chance to tell them in person what a great job the did.

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Great TR! Thanks for taking the time to share! BEAUTIFUL pictures!
No, thank you for reading!

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This is fantastic! You've sold me on a med. cruise!!
Yay! It's worth every penney!

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Wonderful pics from all the ports! The camel pics were awesome.

I'm probably gonna come off sounding silly saying this, but I think it's cool that the characters have all the different outfits.

Can't wait to read about Rome.
Not silly at all. I was so excited to see their different outfits!
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Wow!! What an adventure and soo many great memories to have with your family!
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Thanks ProudMommy! It is a great way for me to relive it too!

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great trip report and pictures you got going here.
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Really enjoying your report...glad we could deliver the Magic to you!

Those few days with the ash situation were interesting for those of us on the ship too.

BTW, I agree about "Once Upon A Song". I loved it...very talented young people on the ship. The following morning was our Character Breakfast and those CMs were escorting characters, so we got a chance to tell them in person what a great job the did.

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Hi ibounce! I kept up with some of your transatlantic postings! They helped get us even more excited!
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Thursday, April 29th, Day 8 – Civitavecchia- Rome!

After a super long day of walking yesterday, today was going to be another one. My in-laws decided to take a Disney excursion, but we went on our own yet again.

We ate a quick breakfast and got off at 7:30. The walk to the train station was easy, but we just missed the 8:00 train. The streets were empty except for the cruise travelers. The street was filthy, not sure what happened there the night before!



We bought all day public transportation tickets. For 9 Euros, we got to ride the train to and from Rome and then use the metro and bus as often as we liked. It was a great deal!

The train ride took about 45 minutes and we got off at the Vatican. The Vatican was packed and beautiful.









It was a little difficult to figure out where to go at first. We had bought our tickets before hand, and since my in-laws decided to take a last minute excursion, we looked for someone we could give their tickets to. I offered them to two Italian women who spoke no English and it took about 10 minutes to convince them I was just giving it to them and not scamming them.

St. Peter’s Basilica was amazing.







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The walk to the Sistine Chapel was so, so long. We wound through halls and halls of artwork.






There were signs all over saying no pictures in the chapel so I refrained. I think I was the only one though!

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Afterwards we hopped on a bus and got off at the Trevi Fountain stop. We bought some ham and cheese calzone type things and ice cold cokes (!) in a little café and ate on the street.



The Trevi Fountain was beautiful and packed.





Afterwards we walked to the Coliseum taking in the beautiful sights along the way. I loved being on our own for this. It was awesome to wander through the streets of Rome!





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Finally, there it was! What a sight to behold.





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We had extra tickets for the Coliseum as well, and the couple we offered them to happened to be from our cruise! No communication problems there.















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After we walked around the Coliseum we caught a bus to the Pantheon. On the way we stopped for some gelato!



Next we walked to the Spanish Steps. They were also packed, and beautiful.



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There was a McDonalds there, and we stopped to use the facilities and get some cokes. The McDonalds was super nice.



We were fascinated by the kiwis on a stick that they sold.



We wandered some more:







Finally, we caught the metro back to the train station. Our train broke before we left the station, but a friendly local told us where to go. The public transportation in Rome was great. It was inexpensive, clean, and easy to use.

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Look who we ran into when we got back to the ship!





We were very late for dinner but when we were boarding they told us to go on up. It’s remarkable how well the servers go with the flow.

There weren’t any big shows scheduled for tonight. I’m sure Disney knew that most people would be getting back very late.

The girls went to see Alice and Wonderland in 3D and the moms went to the hot tub.

All aboard time was 9:00. About 9:05 they started making announcements looking for 3 families. Apparently some people were really late!

By 9:15 they were only looking for 2 people.

When I got back to the room, I went out on the verandah to see if I saw anyone. I wasn’t the only one, I could see lots of people on their verandahs watching. Sure enough, there were two ladies on the dock. We were pulling away and they were waving for us to stop.

Amazingly enough, we pulled back in! They lowered a gangway and the girls walked on. When they took their first steps, the whole side of the ship erupted in applause and cheers. It was so funny!

Tomorrow is Pisa! I'm sorry this is becoming such a crazy long report!
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Great report and photos! Thanks.

Wonderful pictures. This is making me think about buying a new camera before we go on our cruise in two months.

I had been on the fence about visiting Sidi Bou Said, but after seeing your photos I am looking forward to it more. You seemed to enjoy being in a smaller group. This makes me wonder if perhaps going in a big group on a ship's tour makes it harder to appreciate the place.

Looking forward to seeing your report and photos of La Spezia, Corsica and Villefranche.
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Tomorrow is Pisa! I'm sorry this is becoming such a crazy long report!
No apologies needed. Enjoying your report immensely. Report on.
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