The cruise that almost wasn't!
Lucy and Ricky go on a cruise.
After hours working with the Delta international
operator Coop finally got tickets for the cruise. We were flying
first class using our Frequent Flyer points so it was hard to
get tickets so near to the time we wanted to go. We couldn't
get tickets to Venice so we booked them into Rome. It's a couple
of hours by train from Rome to Venice. All is well. Life is good!
We got our itinerary from Delta and
it was exactly when we wanted. We were to fly into Rome on Nov.
10, take a train to Venice and spend the night. Two days isn't
enough time in Venice but I'm not sure if two weeks would be!
We got reservations for a beautiful hotel about half a block
from St. Mark's Square! All is well. Life is good!
And then...... we found out that Delta
had forgotten about the pesky old international date line when
they sent the itinerary. We weren't going to arrive on the 10th
but on the 11th. Wahhhhhhh. Oh well, at least we will have a
few hours in Venice. All is well. Life is good!
And then...... we took a shuttle train
(30 miles) from the Rome airport into the city. That train ran
late (it is Italy, you know, not Switzerland) so we missed our
train to Venice. Not only was the train late we couldn't figure
out where to board the Venice train! Thank goodness a young man
came by wanting to take our luggage. He spoke better English
than I do. We were a long, long way from where we were to board
the train. We finally got to the right track and you guessed
it, we had missed the second train! The trains run every 30 minutes
so I had time for a small nervous breakdown. This train was a
local, not an express so we stopped at very village. It was a
long ride but we finally got to Venice. All is well. Life is
And then..... we couldn't find the dock
for boarding the cruise ship. We were quickly running out of
time. We had to check in by 4PM or the ship would leave without
us. We hired a speed boat to take us to the dock. Two small problems;
he couldn't go fast in the city and we didn't have our money
changed into Euros. He took us to a bank and Coop got Euros.
Tick. Tick. Tick. The clock is going faster than we were. We
finally got out in open water and he kicked that boat into high
gear! We arrived at the luggage check in with 28 seconds to spare.
That's right, I said 28 seconds! We then had to walk two
looooooong blocks (cobblestones) to the ship for the final check
in. We made it!!! All is well. Life is indeed good!