The Beauty of the Mediterranean

My mother planned this trip over a year ago. I was going to abstain from any big vacations to build my savings thanks to never ending lawyer fees. However, I couldn’t pass up the inaugural sailing of the Carnival Vista. The price lured me as well as the destination. Damn you, places I want to see! That’s the beauty of my divorce. I’m not stuck going to the beach where my ex wanted to go without regard to what I wanted. Now I see the world and other countries when funds allow.

I snapped this one as our bus rolled up to the dock.

I snapped this one as our bus rolled up to the dock.

The journey wasn’t easy. I still don’t enjoy flying because of what it does to my sinuses. To this day, three days after returning, I’m still messed up in the nasal passages. Still, to get to my destination I had to board a plane. That in itself was a harrowing deed. We left Harrisburg to meet up with our sister in Charlotte, NC. From there we waited on the tarmac for “maintenance”. Funny how during that hour wait a few more people boarded the plane. What did that delay do, pray tell, to our connecting flight in Philadelphia? Make all four of us almost miss it. That would have added two more stops to our journey. Thankfully the stewardess phoned ahead and the captain of our connecting flight held the plane. Thank goodness!

Off to Venice and a bus ride to Trieste to catch our ship. Of course we enjoyed an espresso while waiting for our ride. The Italians know how to make a great coffee.

Isn't she beautiful?

Isn’t she beautiful?

The trick to going ahead in time is to sleep on the plane to acclimate yourself. Same with returning though I take time off after a trip to recover. Although I was six hours ahead, I had to stay up. Our first priority after the indock to gain access to the ship was getting something to eat. Your luggage is never there so your carry on better have what you need at the moment. No worries, however, as all luggage is waiting outside your door by the end of the day. My sister and I took our parent’s suitcases into our room and said it was fifty euro to get them back. Teasing and joking was our moniker the whole trip. We also had our Uncle (mother’s side) and Aunt along for the ride and most nights we had dinner together. Heck, we even met on some excursions which I’ll get to in separate posts.

All in all I had a great experience on the Carnival Vista. Though minor touches were done as we sailed, it didn’t interfere with the fun. I’m not much of a complainer about the details. I’m on vacation and refuse to get a bug up my ass as my sister and I witnessed from other passengers. We met a lot of nice ones, however, that made up for the stick in the mud types.

This was my second Carnival cruise and I wasn’t disappointed. One of these days I’d love to take a transatlantic cruise just for the peaceful calm the sea brings.

The whale tail. The iconic symbol of a Carnival ship.

The whale tail. The iconic symbol of a Carnival ship.