An Unexpected Day in Naples

The striking Galleria Umberto I in the heart of historic Naples, Italy. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

The striking Galleria Umberto I in the heart of historic Naples, Italy. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

The Mediterranean is renowned the world over for its breathtaking vistas and ideal climate. But this paradise can –and has – turned on sailors for centuries. Harsh, vengeful and remorseless, she is every bit as demanding of one’s respect as the moody North Atlantic.

Last night, things were rocking and rolling here onboard Silversea’s Silver Wind. The party, however, really kicked off around one in the morning, when the seas and winds were at their height. A large swell clipped us, and the Silver Wind shuddered as she “bottomed out” on the trough left by the waves, causing my stateroom’s orchid to take an unscheduled dive to the floor, along with the brochures I had been looking at.

The Sea Was Angry That Day: the view from my balcony at one a.m. as the Silver Wind drove through a particularly turbulent stretch of the Mediterranean. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

The Sea Was Angry That Day: the view from my balcony at one a.m. as the Silver Wind drove through a particularly turbulent stretch of the Mediterranean. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Fortunately, I’d taken some pre-emptive measures before going to bed last night, applying Sea Bands and enjoying some ginger. I’m not prone to seasickness, but it never hurts to be prepared.

For the next few hours, the Silver Wind lurched forward and aft; port and starboard with the heavy swells, spray and rain pounding the ship and caking my balcony with a fine layer of sea salt.

Approaching the breakwater at Naples, Italy. Even at 6am, the swells here are still large. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Approaching the breakwater at Naples, Italy. Even at 6am, the swells here are still large. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

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Our Live Voyage Report through the Mediterranean aboard Silversea’s Silver Wind will continue tomorrow from the port of Trapani, Sicily. Be sure to follow along on twitter by following @deckchairblog or the hashtag #LiveVoyageReport.

 

One Response to Silver Wind Mediterranean Live Voyage Report – Day 3

  1. Kim says:

    Love the post and I want to go to Naples, I’m glad you bought a belt 🙂 do they still have the yummy glazed doughnuts?

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