This morning our neighbour Nigel spirited us from home to Southampton’s Ocean Terminal …….
…… where, at 12:30, we boarded the P&O ship “Arcadia” (for the second time this year!). This time we’re going Trans Atlantic with her and in seven days we’ll be in New York for our first port of call.
Within 45 minutes of being dropped off at the terminal we were in our cabin with cases delivered and unpacked. It’s a far cry from the ordeal of flying!
After a spot of light lunch we went up to the Crow’s Nest to meet our friend and bar tender Dolreich who we haven’t seen since our Iceland cruise in June.
It’s great to catch up with him again! The sunshine has been wonderful today – let’s hope it stays with us.
As an extra little treat before we left this afternoon the paddle steamer “Waverly” was docked next to us.The last time we were on this lovely vessel was on the River Thames in London earlier this year. She’s a special little craft.
At 4:45 we set sail from Southampton with a Great British Sail Away party……..
…. where we enjoyed a complimentary glass of Champagne (which always goes down well), sang a few songs, jumped around a bit ….
……… and made instant friends with Judy and Brian. It’s going to be a good cruise!