We fly into Rome and spend 3 jam packed days walking and seeing and walking and seeing and etc, etc.
We were tired and the eye balls hurt from looking. We stayed at a cute little hotel - Hotel Trevi- just around the corner from the fountain. It was a most convenient place to walk and see all the sights. The staff at the hotel were very nice and helpful. The hotel is small, but the people are big hearted.
We could not believe what it cost to get a car to take us to the port - Civitavecchia. But we found everything in Rome expensive, but we still ate our share of the gelato (YUM).
It was really good to board the ship and know that we were going to be well taken care of by the staff. The spa was a first stop for a massage. We took advantage of the wine tastings and really enjoyed and appreciated the Cellar Master Sam and all the trouble he had gone to get local wines for us to sample and enjoy. He was very friendly and that was great after some really stuffy ones we have run across on HAL.
We were off every stop, but what was most annoying was that we had to tender at so many of the ports that were not scheduled for tenders. I felt like we were not wanted in some of the ports or HAL had not paid it's port TAX.
We had a veranda cabin and very much enjoyed it. Our Cabin Stewards were quick and very capable of all their duties.
Our Table steward Putu and the wine steward Anjin were the best we have ever had on a HAL trip.