Swan Hellenic Cruise Blog Day 5
I’m glad I have good sea legs as this morning I woke up to a Force 9 gale with 10 metre waves! Looking out of my port hole the sea looked very rough indeed, it was quite exciting. I threw on some clothes and headed up to breakfast to meet the rest of my group and get a better look outside.
We were due into Civitavecchia (Rome) this morning where I would be leaving the ship for my inbound flight home. This was not the disembarkation port for everyone, I was disembarking early as I was onboard only for a few night to sample it all. The ship was due to dock mid morning but due to the weather conditions this didn’t look very likely. A few hours went by but unfortunately the weather was not getting any better. Captain Giovanni Biasutti was making regular announcements across the ship and eventually informed us that the port of Civitavecchia had now been closed due to the treacherous conditions. We therefore had to forgo calling at Rome and have an extra day at sea.
I have to say I was extremely impressed at how the captain, crew and passengers handled the matter. After the announcement that we would be missing Rome the captain advised everybody that he would be available to talk to in the Library for half an hour or so. I really did think this was a nice gesture as he could have quite easily stayed up on the bridge, but instead came down and explained the situation in more depth to those who wanted it.
This unexpected day at sea was pretty quiet as you imagine. I spent most of the day reading and watching films in my cabin. I surfaced for dinner in the Swan Restaurant but the sea-sickness tables had made me rather drowsy so off to bed after dinner for an early night.