First Day at Sea (2011 Trip) Pics

1st Day at Sea – Aug 30, 2011

Alright, I’ll do my best now that it’s been over a year, almost a year and a half actually, since this day occurred, but dammit, I would like to finish off these damn pages!  On our first day at sea after leaving Rome/Civitavecchia, it was a chance to really relax, especially after the hectic few days in Rome and the scramble of getting to the cruise terminal.  There was plenty of beautiful scenery to view from the ship as we sailed the Italian coast.  In the morning, after having our first experience at the main dining hall (NOT the main dining room, but the buffet-y type place) for breakfast, we explored the front of the ship.   That’s where we ended up standing and gazing out at the scenery as that was when the Equinox was about to head in the strait between the main landmass of Italy and the island of Sicily.  The biggest city in that area is Messina, which we could kinda see from the ship.  Regardless, it was pretty cool to see freakin’ Sicily!

After that experience there was still quite a bit of day to fill with activities.  Luckily Celebrity does provide quite a few activities – we ended up watching the free glass-blowing show which was admittedly pretty cool, but it’s one of those things that once you’ve seen it, well, you’ve seen it.  We also went to a wine-tasting experience where we ended up meeting a fun couple that we saw sporadically throughout the rest of the cruise.  They were sitting next to us and we could tell they were there just to have fun and drink too.  Yay, drinking!

It was also our first Formal Night, meaning that we wore the suits we’d been schlepping around the world finally!  Of course we found out that again, no one was at our table, so we were all dressed up and apparently we were only impressing ourselves.  Regardless, it was still fun and the food was always good.  Afterwards, we ditched the jacket & tie and retired to the aft outdoor bar, having the chance to drink in the sunset from the stern of the ship and watch the sea drift by.  That was fantastic.  It was exciting to think about where we were and the fact that when we woke up the next day, we’d be in Greece!!!

Taking pics on our first morning from our deck
Taking pics on our first morning from our deck29-Aug-2011 22:57, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.5, 7.373mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
29-Aug-2011 22:57, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.5, 7.373mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 250
Larry loves the sea life
Larry loves the sea life29-Aug-2011 22:58, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.5, 7.373mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
29-Aug-2011 22:58, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.5, 7.373mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
We couldn't get a seat near the window in the cafe/buffet, so afterwards we found a spot up front
We couldn't get a seat near the window in the cafe/buffet, so afterwards we found a spot up front29-Aug-2011 23:42, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 400
and lucky for us, it was as we approached the Straits of Messina
and lucky for us, it was as we approached the Straits of Messina29-Aug-2011 23:43, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.5, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
It's the point where the main part of Italy is just separated from the "foot" part of the boot, Sicily
It's the point where the main part of Italy is just separated from the "foot" part of the boot, Sicily29-Aug-2011 23:43, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
It was a beautiful morning as we slowly approached
It was a beautiful morning as we slowly approached29-Aug-2011 23:43, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.5, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
29-Aug-2011 23:43, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
Sicily
Sicily29-Aug-2011 23:43, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
29-Aug-2011 23:50, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.2, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 320
29-Aug-2011 23:50, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.5, 9.815mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 200
 
29-Aug-2011 23:59, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
The big mountain covered in clouds in the background is Mt Etna
The big mountain covered in clouds in the background is Mt Etna30-Aug-2011 00:04, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
I took a lot of pictures here...I was stoked to see Sicily
I took a lot of pictures here...I was stoked to see Sicily30-Aug-2011 00:10, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
 

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