Mediterranean Enchantment – 2009
April 26 - May 10, 2009
Updated July 4, 2009
By LEWIS NOLAN
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Thursday, May 7, 2009 –
awoke about 7 a.m. and our ship,
thinking yesterday was that we would take advantage of the ship’s all-day stop
Also delivered was our preliminary ship’s charges bill for us to review. The $527 in charges – covering $22 a day for room services covering both of us – plus Internet use charges of $35, Spa charges of $35 plus a $10 tip for fitness and dietary counseling and assorted bar charges. All in all, I felt this was a bargain price to pay for over-and-above services beyond the basic cruise charges that amounted to over $6,000 including airfare for both of us and upgrade charges of $50 per day that bumped us up from a regular statement to a large, well-equipped suite with a fabulous, private deck on a high vantage point of the ship.
soreness in the upper right part of my back – probably brought on by violent
coughing that never did release congestion in my chest – fired up so bad that
Betty and I canceled our tentative plans to walk from the dock around downtown
So I took a muscle relaxant and napped in our cool stateroom while Betty read and enjoyed the sun while on one of two wicker chaise lounges on our deck. It was sunny with temperatures rising into the mid70s. The wooden deck just outside our stateroom also had two wicker chairs with footstools, a wicker table and two small tables for holding drinks and the like.
We visited the ship’s office to exchange some of our American Express Travelers Checks for Euros. We wanted to pay cash to our private guide, Franco Lattughi, for pickup and touring services tomorrow. He would drive us to the Westin Excelsior Hotel in the historic section of downtown Rome. That is where our Gulliver’s Travel agent had booked for us a luxury room as part of our Northwest Airlines long weekend package.
ship Noordam departed the
We both had terrific crab cakes and lobster bisque as appetizers. For the main course we had large lobster tails perfectly cooked and served on freshly cooked spinach. Dessert was heavenly servings of three flavors of crème brulee, all knocked down with generous pours of chardonnay. It was truly a magnificent meal that was magnificently served, a very nice way to end our 10-day Mediterranean Enchantment cruise.
regretting that my cough-caused back injury is limited my mobility even more
than just the upper respiratory infection. But at least the beauty of the
out of the
reminded of this and other sights on this trip provide a “reality check” to me
of the hometown boosterism that aims to rank
didn’t venture out from the ship. But nearby are two places I’d like to visit
someday. One is the
On this, the last evening of our cruise, I took a codeine prescription pain pill to quieten my heavy coughing and relieve the corresponding pain in my back. While I napped, Betty performed her usual packing magic and got our three shipping and one carry-on bags ready for deboarding the next morning.
retired early so we could get a decent amount of sleep before carrying our own
bags off the ship the next morning at the nearest port to