Having no access to my computor and no internet, I have been unable to post for a while, but I will try to redress this by posting as if it were happening now. There may be some inaccuracies but I hope you will forgive them in my efforts to remember.
We were just about packed when Walter arrived. “You are early” I said. “You told me to come for coffee”. Well we had a lot of time and when his friend called, Walter went to pick him up first.
We left in plenty of time, but driving to the Cruise Terminal was awful. The way through was not easy and the traffic was dense. It did not help we had to go around twice, through all the same traffic.
When we finally got there and said our “goodbyes” we were faced with a huge queue. It stretched right around the building. We got to the end of this queue and dropped off our luggage only to be faced with another queue.
This went on for hours, before they put us on a bus to the boat. When we got off we joined what must have been our fifth queue. We thought that they were testing for Corona, but no, they were taking souvenir photos. We declined but were not allowed passed until the ones in front had their picture taken.
Only then did someone check our temperatures and offer us hand sanitizer. We are now on the boat, but all is not over yet. We have to hand over our passports and fill in yet more forms.
It is with blessed relief we reach our cabin. We arrived four hours early and the engines are throbbing into life by the time we are in. Time to explore the place.
Each accommodation deck has two corridors, one port and one starboard. Unfortunately no one had the nouse to colour them differently. There is no indication of forward or aft and because you cannot see out it will take me another three days to work out where I am on board.
Any customer services are on deck three, but it is full of dead ends. To get to the customer service desk you must go down the most forward of the three stairs. On any plans they are coloured red, but again on the stairs there is no indication which one you are on.
Now deck five is where it all happens. There are a number of bars ( I will acquaint you with them as the trip goes on) and shops. It seems you can buy top end jewelry but not any toiletries, unless you want Coco Channel.
Deck nine is where the buffet is, and this is where we are off tonight. Quite a range of food here and we stuff ourselves as we have not eaten since first thing.
I browse the bar menue and it seems we can have anything with a blue dot. There are some surprises here. What we can get on our package and what we can’t just seems random.
The beer is rubbish Heineken, but I can have Gin and Tonic. Looks like I will be drinking a lot of Gin this trip.
There is live music in The Rhapsody bar on deck 5. So we finish the day off with dancing and Gin.
A reminder that this is all written after the event. We are home now, so do not be surprised if you see us.