Day 3: Set Sail on Costa Victoria
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Our third day in Venice was the one on which we boarded our cruise ship (Costa Victoria) for our 7 day cruise with ports of call in Italy, Greece and Croatia.
We had a bit of time before we were required to board so we spent the morning in St. Mark's Square again, taking more pictures and riding to the top of the famous Campanile (bell tower). The bell tower that stands in the square now is not the original- that my friends came crashing down in 1902. From inside the top of the tower we were afforded a 360 degree view of Venice and we took plenty of pictures. I was ready to come down pretty quickly though because the wind was blowing something fierce and it was very very cold where we stood.
After everyone had checked out of their hotels we made our way to the cruise dock and boarded the ship. That is, the nine of us who had been together for the past few days in Venice. Our other three trip companions were expected to meet us at the boarding terminal. They didn't show. I tried not to panic, but as the trip organizer it's a very poor reflection on me if members disappear. I left them voicemails (at $3/minute for international dialing I racked up quite a bill) and prayed for the best. They still had not showed by the time we were to board so we went through that process without them.
Once on the boat, we settled in our various staterooms and did a few walkthroughs of the ship to get familiar with the layout. Jonathan is amazing- he quickly memorized the layout of the ship and became the one we all turned to, even on the last days of the cruise to figure out which end was which.
Just fifteen minutes before the gangplank was raised and the ship set sail, our three missing members showed up racing to board the boat. Talk about a close call!
And just like that, we were off, sailing the Mediterranean destined for Ancona, Italy and points beyond.