Alan Morris on the veranda of his cabin on the Costa Toscana in Savona, Italy.

On day 3 of my cruise around the Mediterranean, I arrived in the early morning at the Port of Savona, Italy. I had originally booked a half-day tour around Genoa but Costa Cruises cancelled the day trip & I spent the day onboard ship instead.


I slept well last night & I woke around 8:15 am today. The cruise I had booked to tour Genoa today had been cancelled by Costa Cruises because there were not enough people wanting to do it. Because of this, I decided to spend the day onboard the Costa Toscana. I looked out through my veranda window & saw that we were already docked in Savona in Italy. I walked onto the veranda to admire the view before going for breakfast.

I made my way to a buffet restaurant & ordered a cheese, ham & pepper omelette which was cooked in front of me. Once again it was very busy & finding a table was difficult. I ate my omelette, which was delicious, & then went looking for some orange juice.

Because of my swollen leg, I was walking quite slowly & one of the waiters approached me & asked if I needed any help. I asked him where the orange juice was & he showed me to a table by the window overlooking Savona. He told me to take a seat & he would bring me some orange juice. He soon returned with my juice & asked if he could get me anything else. So as not to seem rude I asked him for sausages, bacon & fried egg. He asked if I wanted anything else & suggested some pancakes. I was soon eating freshly made pancakes with chocolate sauce & drinking fresh orange juice. As I finished, the waiter appeared, as if by magic, with a plate of bacon, sausage & perfectly fried egg.

Once I had had my fill, I returned to my room to fetch my Tablet. Looking for somewhere quiet to sit & work on my holiday blog notes, I eventually made my way to deck 16 & the pool area. On the outside of the pool area, there is a covered area with loungers. I settled into a lounger & ordered a cappuccino from a waiter. I began to type my notes up & a short while later ordered an iced coffee, it wasn't horrible but neither was it really good. As it got noisier with more people arriving I moved to the Colosseum bar on deck six & I had a peach iced tea. This area soon got crowded & noisy so I moved again, this time to the Kartell cafe on deck 8 by the Colosseum bar area. I sat admiring a large group of very well-dressed Italian ladies, ordered a pint & then continued to write up my notes.

At around 2 pm I found a restaurant to have lunch in. I sat down & was immediately given some water & white wine. I scanned the card on the table to bring up the lunch menu on my phone. As I was trying to decide which of the starters to choose from, the waiter brought me all of them. A plate of ham, salami, cheese, olives, carrots, artichoke & white cabbage. A second plate of devilled eggs on a bed of lettuce & tomato & a third of thinly sliced roast pork with lettuce. I did manage to eat it all & got another wine.

As I sat reading the menu I was given a bowl of pasta & Bolognese sauce. I ate this but before I could choose which of the main dishes I wanted the waiter brought me all of them. I had 6 large prawns, 2 onion omelettes, & 3 chicken bits in a tomato & onion sauce with roasted potatoes. Once again with the help of more wine, I managed to eat everything. I then had some watermelon & what I think was date pie which was very nice. It was now time to try & get away before I was given more food, I almost made it but was given another piece of pie before I managed to leave carrying my very full stomach with me.

I went back to my room for a rest. The view of Savona was beautiful as night came & the city lights lit the city up. After having a shower I sat on my balcony for a while before heading off to meet Bryan & Sue, & Michael & Lynda for dinner. I was still full from lunch & didn't have anything to eat. Whilst they ate dinner, I drank more white wine & a beer whilst we all chatted about what we had been doing. We all agree the worst thing about the cruise is the hundreds of unsupervised, unruly kids running around everywhere.

This evening I work my way through some different cocktails, a Bahama Mamma, Mai Tai, white Russian & several beers whilst I watch some of the acts on board. I listened to a saxophonist in the Leanardo bar, he was very good. I then go to the Colosseum bar to watch the all-girl group, Ultramarine do a Madonna set, this show was also very good.

I go to bed at about 1:30 am.

View photos from day 3 of my Mediterranean cruise.