(I’m posting 14, 15, and 16 today, please read in sequence)
We crossed over from Sorrento on Monday, Nov. 21st and docked in the port of Naples about 8 PM. Nobody wanted to go ashore because of Naples reputation for being the crime capital of Italy. Both Susy and I had been feeling low, probably had a cold, so we decided that we would not do anything either that evening or the next day, Tuesday, Nov. 22nd.
Don’t worry, however, I have something to show you. The ship was docked next to the main cruise terminal right in the center of the city harbor. Off the starboard side of the ship you got this view:
Off the port side we see the other half of the port, including the cruise terminal:
Looking off the stern (rear) of the ship (the ship was backed into the port) you saw this view:
Naples is a major Mediterranean port of call for commerce and trade. It is also a important naval base. It is the principle town of the region of Campania (taken from the Roman designation Campania felix or “land of happiness”) and marks the edge of the rich Italian south. Naples has always been the center of the regions many treasures, such as Pompeii, Herculaneum, Capri, Sorrento, and the Amalfi Coast. The silhouette of Mount Vesuvius graces its background. If we look at the port, several structures stand out, beginning with the “Castel Nuovo”:
This is Aragonese from 1282 and is a copy of the famous structure at Angers. Up on the hill behind the Castel Nuovo is the Castel St Elmo:
The port is very impressive, and I did get a chance to get out to the terminal, so you see the ship’s port sign:
The terminal had a full shopping center and good Wi-Fi, so I was able to get you a few of the blogs I had written. Here’s the terminal:
Even Susy got off the ship for awhile, so although we didn’t get to see much in Naples, we did enjoy the views around the port and walking back to the Maasdam:
we were looking forward to tomorrow, and the next port, Palermo.
Love You All,
Gary (alias Gagu)