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Day Three: Friday, August 24: Civitavecchia

August 26, 2012

We enjoyed our last iQ Roma breakfast buffet and boarded the chartered bus to take us from the hotel to the Romeport of Civitavecchia.  A fellow Atlantis cruiser organized four buses to take us to the port, which was very nice; they even passed around champagne on the bus.  We arrived at the port a little over an hour later and were dropped off right in front of the ship.  Last year we took the train and waited in the hot sun for an hour while waiting for a shuttle bus to take us from the port entry to the ship.  We quickly boarded the ship and had lunch at the expansive buffet.

We attended the sail away party where we visited with friends.  That evening we had dinner at Blu, one of the specialty restaurants with Simon and Torsten from London and Bill and Kevin (friends from San Diego).

First night dinner at Blu


Bill, Kevin, Jared, Matt sail away from Rome

Drew, Arlon, Jared, Matt sail away from Rome


Day Two: Thursday, August 23: Rome

August 24, 2012

The iQ Roma is a very nice, smaller hotel in the heart of Rome.  The rooms are modern, include a friendly staff, nice breakfast buffet and an inviting rooftop deck.  We were especially impressed that prior to our arrival the hotel had turned on the air conditioning for us.  The iQ Roma even offers expanded vending machines including one that dispenses wine and beer.  I woke up at 6:30 a.m., showered and enjoyed a delicious breakfast buffet on the rooftop as Matt was still sleeping.  I got Matt a cappuccino and as I was coming back to the room, he was coming up.

We met our friends Bill and Kevin in the lobby and went for a walk to see a few places we hadn’t seen before.  The Basilica di San Giovanni is the church where the altar is only used by the Pope or a priest that has been given permission by the Pope.  It is beautiful.  Since it was 95 degrees Fahrenheit we enjoyed lunch at a well air conditioned restaurant.  We then went on to see the Basilica di Santa Maria in Cosmedin where we placed our hands in the “Mouth of Truth”.  Legend has it that if you tell a lie while placing your hands in the mouth it will bite you.

Basillica di San Giovanni

Jared and Matt in Basillica di San Giovanni


Hotel iQ Roma Breakfast Buffet

Hotel iQ Roma wine and beer dispenser

Hotel iQ Roma rooftop patio

Hotel iQ Roma rooftop patio 2

Hotel iQ Roma room

Day One: Travel to Rome: August 21/22, 2012

August 23, 2012

Despite several British Airways emails and even an online ‘count down to check-in’ clock we were unable to check-in online so we got to the airport early.  Shockingly even just three hours before the flight they weren’t assigning seats.  We had an early dinner in the airport and were given our seat assignments a few minutes before we boarded the flight.  Everything was fine and the Premium Economy section in the Boeing 777 was nice.  We slept about seven hours.  We had a short layover in London’s Heathrow and had a good short two-hour flight to Rome.  We took the train from the airport to our hotel and found the hotel easily.

Upon arrival we were greeted by our friends Jay and Dan who were just about to go to dinner and invited us to join.  We had a delicious dinner and I even got to choose the exact fish I was to eat for dinner.  The chef came out and presented me with a plate of fish to choose from.