Saturday, March 21, 2015

Feb. 24, Naples, Italy

" Sit back in the comfort of your motor coach while discovering Naples major landmarks. The route takes you past piazzas, monuments, churches and museums. Capture a panoramic view of of the city and the Bay of Naples from the vantage point of Posillipo Hill and enjoy a complimentary refreshment or an ice cream at a local café."

Our last day onboard the Jade and i've decided to not even think about going on this excursion. The weather continues to be cool with rain but some sunny breaks expected. I am going to sleep in and then pack my bags. We will disembark at 6:15 A.M. tomorrow morning and get on the bus to Romes Leonardo Davinci Airport and fly to Heathrow for a couple hours and then to Vancouver and home sweet home to Delta. I can't believe i got sick and wasted the whole last week of this cruise, it was a total surprise and so unlike me.

For something special on our last night we went to the Jasmine Garden for Shabu Shabu Hot Pot for dinner and it was lovely and very tasty and filling. Basically it's a specially designed pot, something like a big bundt pan that was set in the center of the table on a heating element. It was about 1/3 full of a simmering broth. The waitress then came with a huge plate of raw veggies; cabbage, bok choy, carrots and onions. It all simmered for awhile and then she dropped in what seemed like a lot of chicken breast sliced thinly and then our choices of noodles and let it simmer some more. By then we had been given little pots of peanut sauce and soy sauce with lime and a bowl of cold rice which we weren't sure what to do with. After awhile we were told it was ready and we could dish up a bowl of soup. Yum! It was soooo good and then i added some of the rice to my second bowl as a means to cool it off a little so i could eat faster and i think that's what it really was for because it worked. The peanut sauce ended up being a bust, it seemed an odd thing and we didn't know what to do with it as i don't think we had either forks or chopsticks which probably should have been available for dipping the chicken pieces. The lime soy made the already excellent soup taste even better. It was so tasty we ate almost the entire potful of soup with all those nutritious veggies and good stuff. It made me feel strong again, just like Popeye with his spinach but too late, we are leaving in the morning!
For dessert i had a warm pancake with coconut ice cream and Pats green tea ice cream looked awesome too.
I then went to the internet café because again my account was showing I had 0 WiFi minutes remaining. The logout button says "you are logged out" but it keeps running my time out. I hope lots of people complain about it and not just accept that they ran out of time because once again it was reinstated quickly and easily.
Then Pat caught up with me with some info she had found out about the four excursions that i had missed out on because of being sick. She said if i took my Drs. hospital visit letter stating that he had diagnosed me with pneumonia to the front desk i could get a refund. I did get a full refund very quickly and easily for the four excursions and was happy about that and not having the hassle of claiming it later from home. Anybody listening? Book your excursions with your cruiseline and you'll be safe in many different ways that you wouldn't be if you booked with an outside company. Another plus is that the ship will wait up to three hours for you if you don't arrive back before its scheduled departure.....yes, that whole big ship and all the passengers will wait for you! Those on alternate or private tours who don't make it on time will have to get transportation on their own dime to the next port to rejoin the ship there because it will depart at the designated time without a care in the world if you're caught in traffic or whatever. Can you imagine the hassle; maybe you didn't take much money or a credit card with you, no change of clothes, no pj's, no meds and only a copy of your passport which sometimes isn't enough to get you on a plane. Not to mention somebody might even forget where the next dock is! It happens.

This is the Naples dock.....or was this Palermo?
I forget...
 Passengers disembarking
 The Jasmine Garden Restaurant

 The menu cover

 Jasmine sushi bar
 my seaweed appy
 The hot pot
 Add the veggies

 Let it all simmer for awhile
Soooo good....
 Pats green tea ice cream
 My coconut ice cream on a warm pancake
 Italy.... ♥♥♥

It's been a lovely trip, except for getting sick.... loved lots of things about NCL and Jade but all good things must come to an end. Tomorrow night i will be home and most likely sleeping for a week.

Mahalo and Aloha Jade

Grazie for reading my blog and Arriveidercii

One more post of pics from the plane to come....

1 comment:

Linda Gross said...

I was wondering if you would get reimbursed for the excursions you missed because you got sick. I am happy that you were reimbursed.