Cagliari, Sardinia, April 18, 2017

After two days of intensive touring in Livorno (Siena and San Gimignano) and Civitavecchia (Orvieto, Montefiascone and Bolsena), our half day in Cagliari, Sardinia, looks to be a day of rest. Our dock time is to be 12 noon, all aboard is set for 5:30P, and departure is planned for 6P. In addition, dirty clothes are piling up and with Rotterdam being relatively quiet and empty, Tuesday looks to be an onboard no-brainer.

Captain Marco Carsjens has predicted a temperature of 72 degrees and sunny weather in Gagliari, continuing our unbroken string of fabulous days since leaving Fort Lauderdale on March 30. The posted cruise log as of our arrival in Barcelona on Thursday, April 13, shows we had traveled 4,559 nautical miles since Fort Lauderdale, with the sun and warm temperatures accompanying us all the way.

From a distance as we approach, Sardinia looks inviting, and even more so as we get closer.

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The hilly terrain is the determining factor today, and the distance from the port into the center of the old city measures some 9 miles.

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We have docked near a ferry which carries cars and commercial trucks to the Italian mainland, but provides overnight accommodations also. Not sure what the advertising message of Tweety Bird painted on the side is supposed to convey, except maybe SPEED!

Tomorrow, Wednesday, is a day at sea. It will be welcome after 9 consecutive port days since Cadiz.