This should have been the post where I tell you about our fabulous day in Rome, but alas, it did not come to pass. We were supposed to dock around 7 am, and most of us were leaving on various land tours shortly thereafter. Mother Nature, however, was working very hard while we were busy making plans. Winds in the harbor at Civitavecchia, Italy, the port for Rome, were gusting at 50 knots, and the captain and pilot deemed it too dangerous to try to dock. So instead, we had an extra unplanned day at sea.
The waves were the largest I have ever seen while on a cruise, and the going was a little rough for the next several hours. We wandered the halls of the ship, staggering like drunken sailors, careening off the side walls and railings. I visited the ship's library and checked out a good Thomas Harris mystery, then headed down to the promenade deck to find a nice spot to read while the waves were crashing all around us. In honor of doing Rome drive-by, we had pizza for lunch.
So, we will do Rome some other day, perhaps when we revisit our favorite spots another time. The next day proved to be one of the most memorable of the trip.