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Touring the Vatican with our Cruise Critic friends

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On June - 17 - 2007

After months of e-mailing back and forth I finally met my Cruise Critic friends. Vanessa Aquino and her family from Los Angeles; and Nancy Trandel and her family from Chicago. There were 10 of us and Nancy and Vanessa had both posted on the Cruise Critic “Roll Call” board to look for anyone looking to hire a guide and van service to Civitavecchia. I said “Count us in.”

These folks are wonderful and it was a pleasure touring with them on a very hot day in Rome. It was nice to have our own private guide, it was wall-to-wall tourists. Almost oppressive. Our guide Daniela had a masters degree in symbology – in other words she’s the female Robert Langdon from the Da Vinci Code. She pointed out lots of little things along our tour of the Vatican that we would not have known otherwise. It was a little too “cerebral” for the kids, but they nonetheless enjoyed seeing the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.

Our ride to Civitavecchia was easy. And, we were the first cruise to experience Carnival’s new terminal in Civitavecchia – boarding was flawless.

Our balcony stateroom is terrific and it’s off to tour Freedom! This is our home for the next thirteen days.

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