Rome, Italy 2019

June 2, 2019
Today we left our friends house and picked up a rental car and drove to Rome and checked into the Waldorf Astoria. Once we checked in we decided to take a stroll around Rome. We took a taxi to the city center walked around a bit and then went back to the hotel and got ready to meet up with our relatives for dinner. We always have a great time with them so we were looking forward to a fun night.
June 3, 2019
Today we walked around Rome again which we love to do and decided to have our relatives met us at our favorite lunch spot which is facing the pantheon. We love to imagine life as it was back then. Afterwards, we went back to the hotel to relax and get ready to have dinner once again with our relatives. Our aunt is 90 years old so we try and see her as much as we can. Family is really important to us.
June 4, 2019
Today w drove to Civitavecchia, Rome to board our ship for the 37-day cruise. We love to cruise because you unpack once and you get to see different parts of the world and it isn’t a hassle.
Follow us on our journey the next destination is Lucca, Italy.
Alessandra, Gloria, Laura, Giovanina, John & Maria

Maria & John

Ritz Carlton Lobby

Oceania Cruises Suites

Cuba cruise – Penthouse Suite on the Sirena 

South America Cruise – Penthouse Suite on the Marina

European Cruise – Penthouse Suite on the Riviera

South Pacific Cruise – Oceania Suite on the Marina

South America Cruise – Oceania Suite on the Marina


Half bath

Porthole window in the bathroom

Cruises We’ve Done

November 5, 2011 – 18-day cruise from Athens to Dubai
Cruise Line: Oceania Cruises
Ship Name: Nautica
Captain: Leo Stratzinic
Cruise Director: David Peterson
Ports: Limassol Cyprus, Jerusalem Israel, Luxor Egypt, Petra & Wadi Rum Jordan, Muscat Oman & Dubai

March 10, 2014 – 21-day cruise from Beijing to Bangkok
Cruise Line: Oceania Cruises
Ship Name: Nautica
Captain: Igor Bencina,  General Manager: Giuseppe Bagnato,
F&B Director: Adam Martindale, Cruise Director: Leslie Jon
Ports: Beijing China, Dalian China, Seoul South Korea Shanghai China, Nagasaki Japan, Taipei Taiwan, Hong Kong China, Hanoi Vietnam, Hue/Da Nang Vietnam, Saigon Vietnam, Bangkok Thailand

January 24, 2015 – 18-day cruise from Papeete to Sydney
Cruise Line: Oceania Cruises
Ship Name: Marina
Captain: Captain Vitaliy Silvachynsky, General Manager: Thierry Tholon Cruise Director: Ray Carr, F&B Director: Bert Goebel
Ports: Papeete, Bora Bora, Apia Samoa, Lautoka Fiji, Suva Fiji, Noumea New Caledonia, Brisbane Australia, Sydney Australia, then we went to Hamilton Island Australia and then to New Zealand.

July 24, 2015 – 10-day cruise from Seattle to Seattle
Cruise Line: Oceania Cruises
Ship Name: Regatta
Captain: Maynard Hansen, General Manager: Giuseppe Bagnato
F&B Director: Adam Martindale, Cruise Director: David Peterson
Ports: Seattle, Ketchikan Alaska, Wrangell Alaska,  Juneau Alaska, Hubbard Glacier, Skagway Alaska, Sitka Alaska, Victoria Canada, Seattle

December 07, 2016 – 46-day cruise from Rio De Janeiro to Miami
Cruise Line: Oceania Cruises
Ship Name: Marina
Captain: Igor Bencina & Captain: Leo Stratzinic, General Manager: Damien Lacroix, F&B Director: Evan Smith Wilmhelmse, Cruise Director: Peter Roberts
Ports: Rio De Janeiro Brazil, Buzios Brazil, Ilha Grande Brazil, Parati Brazil, Sao Paolo Brazil, Porto Belo Brazil, Rio Grande Brazil, Skipped Punta Del Este Uruguay, Montevideo Uruguay, Buenos Aires Argentina, Montevideo Uruguay, Punta Del Este Uruguay, Puerto Madryn Argentina, Port Stanley Falkland Islands, Ushuaia Argentina, Punta Arenas Chile, Puerto Chacabuco Chile, Puerto Montt Chile, Valparaiso Chile, Coquimbo Chile, Arica Chile, Machu Picchu/Lima Peru, Cusco Peru, Quito Ecuador, Manta Ecuador, Fuerte Amador Panama, Panama Canal Transit, Puerto Limon Costa Rica, Roatan Honduras, Costa Maya Mexico, Miami Florida

May 11, 2018 – 9-day cruise from Miami to Miami
Cruise Line: Oceania Cruises
Ship Name: Sirena
Captain: Giulio Ressa, General Manager: Giuseppe Bagnoti,
F&B Director: Andras Rafajlovics
Ports: Miami Florida, Havana Cuba, Cienfuegos Cuba, Santiago De Cuba Cuba, Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas, Freeport Bahamas, Miami Florida

July 12, 2018 – 42-day cruise from Athens to Rome
Cruise Line: Oceania Cruises
Ship Name: Riviera
Captain: Gunnar Romtveit & Luca Morvillo,  General Manager: Thierry Tholon,  F&B Director: Evan Smith  Wilmhelmse, Cruise Director: Corey Powell
Ports: Athens Greece, Heraklion (Crete) Greece, Jerusalem (Ashdod) Israel, Jerusalem (Haifa) Israel, Limassol Cyprus, Rhodes Greece, Patmos Greece, Santorini Greece, Athens Greece, Mykonos Greece, Rhodes Greece, Santorini Greece, Valletta Malta, Messina (Sicily) Italy, Amalfi/Positano Italy, Ajaccio (Corsica) France, Saint-Tropez France,  Barcelona Spain, Toulon France, Cannes France, Monte Carlo Monaco, Florence/Pisa/Tuscany (Livorno) Italy, Rome (Civitavecchia) Italy, Amalfi/Positano Italy, Taormina (Sicily) Italy, Corfu Greece,  Kotor Montenegro, Dubrovnik Croatia, Venice Italy, Koper Slovenia, Rijeka Croatia, Split Croatia, Dubrovnik Croatia, Kotor Montenegro, Argostoli (Cephalonia) Greece, Catania (Sicily) Italy, Amalfi/Positano Italy, Rome (Civitavecchia) Italy

November 5, 2018 – 25-day cruise from Miami to Miami
Cruise Line: Oceania Cruises
Ship Name: Sirena
Captain: Giulio Ressa, General Manager: Claudio Melli, Cruise Director: Leslie Jon,  F&B Director: Gabriel Ovesea
Ports: Miami Florida, Gustavia St. Barts, Castries St. Lucia, St. George’s Grenada, Port Of Spain Trinidad, Santarem (Amazon River) Brazil, Boca Da Valeria (Amazon River) Brazil, Manaus (Amazon River) Brazil, Parintins (Amazon River) Brazil, Alter Do Chao (Amazon River) Brazil, Devil’s Island French Guiana, Bridgetown Barbados, St. John’s Antigua, San Juan Puerto Rico, Miami Florida.

June 4, 2019 – 37 day cruise from Rome to Miami
Cruise Line: Oceania Cruises
Ship Name: Insignia
Captain: Maroje Brajcic, General Manager: Damien Lacroix, Cruise Director: Ray Carr, Chief Purser: Emmanouil Fifis, F&B Director: Andras Rafajlovics, Restaurant Manager: Ryan Pretorius
Ports: Rome (Civitavecchia) Italy, Florence/Pisa/Tuscany (Livorno) Italy
Monte Carlo Monaco, Barcelona Spain, Valencia Spain, Seville (Cadiz) Spain, Lisbon Portugal , Oporto Portugal, La Coruna Spain, Bilbao Spain, Bordeaux France, London (Southampton) United Kingdom, Liverpool United Kingdom, Belfast Northern Ireland, Dublin Ireland, Cork (Cobh) Ireland, St. John’s Newfoundland, Sydney Nova Scotia, Saint John (Bay Of Fundy) New Brunswick, New York New York, St. George Bermuda, Miami Florida.