With the cruise starting from Civitavecchia it was an easy choice to start the vacation with a short stay in Rome. We had visited this amazing city twice before - the first time in 2006 for just one day as part of our first cruise and the second time being a three night stay ahead of another cruise in 2009 that also started in Civitavecchia. This time we decided on a two night stay before the cruise and picked a hotel near Piazza Navona.
Our flight to Rome was schedule for the evening of Wednesday May 2 and both of us had that day off work, so it was an easy day of preparation before our airport limo pickup at 5:45pm. We had booked business class on Air Canada for the night flight and it would give us our first opportunity to try the new Signature Suite lounge that was part of Air Canada's recent changes for business class travel. Travel to the airport and the whole check-in experience was efficient and even the security rigmarole wasn't too bad this night at Pearson's Terminal 1. On the gate side we walked past the Maple Leaf Lounge that we had been in many times before on the way to find the new Signature Suite. From first arrival at the new lounge we can say that we really enjoyed this experience. The staff was attentive and the food and beverage options were quite nice, too. A nice upgrade for sure.
By the time we left the lounge and made the short walk to the gate the boarding was starting and we more or less walked straight through to head to the plane. We actually arrived before they had opened one of the doors leading to the aircraft. Once open we were only behind one other person to get on the plane, so we had an easy time settling in. The business class seats on this flight were a new configuration for us, and we liked the change. All in all, the flight and service were terrific to make it a very enjoyable journey. We both had a comfortable sleep on the overnight flight to Rome. It was a great start to the vacation.
WHITEonline is the digital home of Gary & Linda White. We’ve been married since 1980 and live just outside Toronto in Ontario, Canada. Linda was born and raised in Toronto while Gary was born in London, England and moved to Canada at the age of 11. We enjoy travelling and taking photos while we travel. WHITEonline provides the opportunity to share some of our photos & experiences.