A long cruise - Naples, Italy - part 1
When we booked this cruise, it was noted that our destination after Rome would be Sorrento (and to be there overnight). However, having read many posts on Cruise Critic forums, we learned that rarely happens. Evidently, the weather can be a significant factor in Sorrento. No pier, the ship would have to drop anchor in the bay. If the wind is blowing too much, then all is big time problem.
After we left Spain, there was a note in our cabin that we would initially stop in Naples, where this is a pier and make a decision once the ship was there whether to stay in Naples or move to the original port of Sorrento.
Naples is only 141 miles from Rome. So leaving at 7:00 p.m. allowed plenty of time to get to Naples by our scheduled 8:00 a.m. arrival. We entered the bay early, this photo is of Naples just about dawn. We were probably moving at less than 3 knots at the time. There are some ports where the stevedores control things and they might not begin work until 7:00 or so. The earliest we could arrive and be tied to the pier would be about 8:00.