We spent all day still in port and the weather was really bad. Some people opted to take excursions into Rome but since we had already seen plenty in Rome and the weather in the port area wasn't good we just stayed on the ship. It was very windy so it made sense to stay inside. We were just hanging out in the room when it got a little darker outside so I looked out and next thing I know we were moving. An announcement came on saying echo, echo, echo. I looked it up to see it pretty much meant high winds be prepared. In this case it meant our lines had broken and we were no longer tied to the dock. We were now floating out in the middle of the channel and spinning a little. My view did a 180 turn before tugs came to bring us safely back to dock. It was a bit crazy but quickly under control and the captain came on to say there was no damage and no one was hurt. Now that my view was of the dock I could see how much the wind had damaged the terminal. We were now tied up at the MSC cruise terminal, which was a little further down from where we were tied up before. Thankfully the MSC Meraviglia was able to leave port the day prior or we might have hit her. The port building itself had a few sunroof panels that come loose and some of the glass doors had blown open. The temporary metal gates were blown over and scattered around. It really looked as though a hurricane had blown through. A firetruck came later to take the pieces of the sunroof off. We were supposed to finally get out of port tonight but the captain came on around 10 pm to say sorry it is still not safe to leave so we will be staying overnight and hoping to push off in the morning. That also meant we were going to miss our second port of Bastia. It is bummer to miss these 2 quaint little ports but safety is more important. After seeing what the winds did in port I am very glad that we were not out in the open water for that. It sounds like tomorrow will be a sea day and we will arrive at our 3rd stop, Livorno (Florence/Pisa) a little early.
After squeezing in as much of Rome as we could in our short time we are now headed to the port to board the Azamara Pursuit. The port for Rome is in Civiavecchia which is about an hour away. If you take a Mediterranean cruise that doesn't start in Rome but says it stops in Rome this is the port you will be in so keep that in mind when planning your day. Since we are on a smaller ship we will be visiting some ports that the big ships won't do on a typical Mediterranean cruise. I love the idea of visiting the smaller less busy ports, especially after spending a couple days in crowded and busy Rome.
Last night Daylight Savings ending here in Europe, which is a week earlier than back home in the US so now I am 5 hours ahead instead of 6. It also means that now sunset is around 5 pm which is a bit of a bummer. When we got up this morning it was rainy and windy. We realized we were lucky that we had such nice weather for our 3 days of walking around. On the ride to the port the weather seemed to get a little worse with the winds picking up along with some thunder. When we arrived at the port it was easy to see that that seas were very rough as the waves were crashing over the seawalls around the port. The boarding process was quick and easy, another plus of sailing on a smaller ship. We explored the ship, which has only been sailing for about 3 months since coming out of drydock so it still had that just like new smell. I really love everything about this ship. She isn't too big but not too small either. She seems brand new with a modern sleek style. There were a few other ships in port with us. The MSC Meraviglia was right in front of us and she is a mega ship so you really got a feel for how small the Pursuit is in comparison.
The weather was still pretty rough when we went to the muster drill and luckily since this is a smaller ship the muster locations are inside in either the theater or dining room. I have been on many cruises where weather has caused adjustments to our itinerary but this was a first to find out that our ship would not be leaving port today due to the weather. That obviously meant we were going to miss our first port of Olbia, Sardinia. It is always disappointing to miss a port but that is something you do always have to be prepared for when cruising. Since this cruise only had 1 sea day originally and it wasn't until the end of the cruise I am OK with a rest day to recover from all the exploring we did in Rome. It will be nice to sleep in and just enjoy the ship. The Captain said the plan is to leave port at 9 pm tomorrow so that is a long time to wait out the storm. For anyone that didn't arrive early for the cruise they might be happy to have a whole day to go visit Rome. I am thinking if the weather isn't too bad maybe we will get off the ship and wander around the port area which is in a city dating back to the 2nd century.
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