Leaving Livorno, Italy, with a little jetlag

Here’s what we saw just moments ago as we pulled out of Livorno, Italy, on the NCL Epic. It was one of those postcard-perfect summer days on the Mediterranean coast when all you really want to do is hang out and do nothing.

And that’s pretty much what we did.

We required sleep until about 1 p.m. local time, and by then, all the shore excursions were long gone. We didn’t mind. We had the Epic all to ourselves.

Erysse learned how to play shuffleboard. In another 70 years, she’ll be a pro. What you don’t see is her brothers a few feet behind me, ducking. Somehow, she managed to make those pucks fly through the air. Strong girl, that one!

Christopher Elliott

Christopher Elliott is an author, journalist and consumer advocate. You can read more about him on his personal website or check out his adventures on his family adventure travel site. Contact him at chris@elliott.org.

  • LeeAnneClark

    Sometimes the best “sea day” on a cruise is the one in port, when you stay on the ship and everyone else gets off!  I did the same thing last time I was on a cruise ship stopped in Livorno – and it was one of my favorite days on the cruise.  I’ve been to Florence enough times that I didn’t need a whirlwind excursion that takes hours to get there and back, and rushes you through that city’s artistic and Renaissance splendors.  Florence really needs to be enjoyed in slow motion over several days, not on a fast-track cruise excursion.

    Kudos to you for taking advantage of the in-port sea day!  Your kids will remember this day way more than an exhausting bus tour of a bunch of old buildings, paintings and statues.

  • Turtletrot1

    Harbor hasn’t changed much in over 50 years.  My oldest was born in Livorno.

  • I am going to visit Italy in September we will be there for two weeks. My husband and I will be driving,flying,and traveling by train. I wanted to do some kind of boat travel but all the cruise trips I found were to long. Do you know of any boat trips that you can spend only one or two nights?

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