Sunday, July 8, 2012

Sailing Away From Venice

We spent our last full day in Venice exploring the Riviera. The ship is so much larger - and decorated in much more modern pastels than the smaller Oceania ships - that it's almost as if we're sailing on a new cruise line. Our suite itself is quite wonderful, with a walk-in closet and separate generous tub and shower.

Kathy ironed all of our clothes yesterday as Brian shuttled them between our suite and the laundry room at the other end of our deck, so we each did our part and we're now wrinkle-free - at least our clothes are.

We've already spent a lot of time on our balcony, docked as we were to catch the afternoon shade in Venice.

This afternoon we enjoyed the spectacle of sailing out of Venice. Once a couple of tug boats backed us out of our berth and turned us 180 degrees, we sailed up the Giudecca Canal past the Hilton and then past the entrance to the Grand Canal. It was a full hour of amazing views after leaving the dock before we got to open water. Those photos will have to wait until we're on a connection less costly than the ship's Internet and we took more than a few.

Last night we dined in Red Ginger, the Asian-themed restaurant. While enjoyable, it didn't quite blow us away. The watermelon and duck salad is already well known and it was a novel taste sensation for us.

Tonight we dined in our suite, choosing prime rib (Kathy) and rib-eye steak (Brian) from the Polo. That's certainly a wonderful benefit for passengers in suites, and we intend to take full advantage of it.

The weather is a little too warm for our tastes, but we notice it's hot back home too. We're certainly not complaining.

We're looking forward to a couple of hours in Dubrovnik, Croatia tomorrow afternoon, another new country for us.

Not a bad way to spend early July.

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