Monday, October 4, 2010

Double Holy Land Cruise – October 3 – November 1, 2010 – Celebrity Equinox – Travel Day to Rome

October 3, 2010

The day is finally here; the back to back cruises (Rome – Mediterranean to Israel and Egypt) that were scheduled over a year ago are just about to begin.  We were given a ride to the airport by Gary so we had a chance to see both sets of kids prior to heading out.

Security was not that difficult – we are carrying on our bags today – and now we are sitting in Terminal 3-L8 waiting for our transportation to arrive.  Departure has been delayed 15 minutes to 5:20 PM.

Our plane was towed to our gate (must have been in one of the hangars)

Pulling our jet into action (Small)

Soon it was gassed up, cleaned up, and ready to go.

 767 ready to go (Small)

Climb Out was smooth

Climbout ORD (Small)

Our route took over Newfoundland, south of Greenland, over Ireland, France and into Rome. 

Our Kosher meal (Asian chicken – which was actually chicken in tomato sauce) was Ok except for the risotto, which suffered from severed frostbite and was inedible.

The flight was pretty bumpy – maybe remnants of the recent hurricane along the east coast was responsible – making it difficult to get any sleep.  We did get a nice sunrise over France

Sunrise over France (Small)

Breakfast was served during the last hour of so of the flight.  Our kosher breakfast was unappetizing but we were able to get two regular meals from our flight attendant.

The plane touched down on time at 9:20 AM

Final Approach FCO (Small)

We made our way to the train quickly but the train ride (two trains – one very warm) took about 90 minutes to get to Civitavecchia.  That, coupled with the 30 minute walk with our bags to our the Hotel Traghetto, just about did us in.

After a little rest, and some time our very nice terrace

E at Traghetto Terrace (Small)

we took a walk to check out the town and find a place to eat.  Just like most of Europe, restaurants close at 4:30 PM and reopen for dinner at 6:30 – 7:00 PM.

We did get a nice view of the port and the beach area.

Port and Cruise Ships (Small)

View of Civi Beach (Small)

The Civitavecchia Cathedral was an interesting landmark

Cathedral of Civi (Small)

The rest of the evening will consist of pizza and rest.

We want to be ready to start our epic voyage tomorrow well rested.

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