Hi all...just a quick note to let everyone who has thought of doing a TransAtlantic sailing to JUST DO IT. We had a fabulous time, left Ft Lauderdale on May 1st and returned from Rome on May 15th. First 8 days were at sea, weather was reasonably warm, seas were calm and the ship and activities were wonderful. The first night we had an all stations alarm, there was a report of someone overboard, but after a full passenger count (took less than 2 hours) it was determined that all were accounted for and then we were back on our way. On the 2nd day, we made an unscheduled stop outside of Bermuda harbour to have a passenger removed to hospital. We heard he had fallen and broken his hip. Thank goodness the rest of the cruise was not as eventful.
We found that we settled into a routine quickly; breakfast, check emails, lecture series, deck time, lunch, afternoon movie, cappucinos at the International Cafe, get ready for dinner, show and or movies under the stars and then good night. The time difference did not affect us as much as some, as it was only an hour at a time, unlike on a plane when you have to do 6 or 7 hours in one shot.
We had overcast, rainy and cool weather in all our ports; Gibraltar, Alicante, Barcelona, Marseilles, Livorno and Rome but that did not deter us from enjoying each port.
As I said, the ship was great, lots of activities, good food and a very broad range of ages on board....from backpackers in their early 20's, families with small children, not yet retired yuppies and a couple who were 90 and booked their next cruise while on board!!!!
If anyone has any particular questions, please do not hesitate to ask, I'll be happy to reply.