Tuesday, June 20, 2017

May 2nd – Meeting The Muse in Villefranche

For the final day of the World Cruise, we headed to beautiful little Riviera town of Villefranche, where we were able to get our first glimpse of Sliversea's new ship – the Silver Muse.

Before hopping onto the Muse, we had a quick look around Villefranche, which was looking pretty good in the lunchtime sun. Its row of waterfront restaurants were all doing a brisk trade, while the beach had quite a few people sunbathing (although not many people swimming – the fact that there was snow on the mountains behind the town, suggested the water would be way too cold).

After looking around the medieval fortress, we headed over to see the Muse. It's a stylish addition to the Silversea fleet – much more contemporary in its decor and furnishings than the more traditional Silver Whisper. With 8 different restaurants there's a lot of dining options, and everything of course was sparklingly new. But, what makes this cruise line special, has always been its crew – so, it was nice to see so many familiar faces amongst the staff. With a new ship and plenty of old hands, I'm sure that the Muse is going to be a success.

Seeing as our next assignment will be on the Muse, (in September doing the transatlantic crossing), as we prepare to leave our current mother ship, it was nice to look around what will be our next oceanbourne home in five months time.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

May 1st – May Day in Civitavecchia

Today, our good intentions of catching the train into Rome were thwarted by the May Day Bank Holiday. There was a Sunday service on the trains, and with a much reduced number of trains to catch, we wouldn't have had much of a safety margin if our particular train had been cancelled or had problems (which has happened to us in the past).

So, rather than rushing to catch a train into Rome, and then immediately start to worry about catching a train back, we decided to cut our losses, and stay in Civitavecchia. As anyone who has been to Civitavecchia knows, there isn't much to this port town even when the shops are open; but, on a Bank Holiday, there was even less to do!

So, we restricted our activities to walking along its seafront promenade, having a coffee, and looking for photo opportunities. As you can imagine, this didn't take too long, but at least it gave us time to start on our packing back onboard ship. When you've been away for 4 months, you've accumulated a lot of stuff that needs sorting out. I hope it all fits in our luggage.....