Monday, 2 November 2015

Odds and Ends of the High Seas.

Our 9000 mile round trip to the Caribbean is almost at an end. As we write we’re entering the English Channel, and home waters. With the exception of a couple of ‘choppy’ patches the journey has been remarkably smooth. As always there’s been much fun and games and some wonderfully pleasant people met. Destinations new to us on this voyage have been the Azores and British Virgin Islands and both have been exceptional and somewhere we’d like to return for a longer stay sometime.


Using the words “remarkable”, “exceptional” and “wonderful” again is a good description of the people who’s company we’ve had the great privilege to enjoy each evening at dinner. Then, most often, in the Palladium theatre afterwards as well.   John (90 years young and a D-Day veteran) and his wife Nicola, (us two!) and Gina and David, who we met on our last Caribbean cruise, here at one of the 24 superb dinners we enjoyed on the cruise.


Also helping to make our dining experience superb have been our table waiters Agnel and Thomson. Together with Anjani, our wine waiter (sorry, no pic at present) they’ve become firm friends as so often happens on these cruises.


Our cabin steward, Catherine, could not have been better and has taken such care of us. Her skill at towel decoration provided us with a “friend” to keep us company.


Doug and Gina having a quick cuddle at dinner while David’s not looking!


The traditional P&O passenger choir is not a high-brow affair but does require some basic singing skills. That’s why we have never been included! However, it’s a great pleasure to attend their recital towards the end of the cruise when they show us the results of their daily rehearsals. Friends David and Gina are among the 70+ seen here on the stage of the Palladium theatre. 


In the middle of the  North Atlantic there’s very little to see – no ships, no birds, no Cetaceans, no flying fish (as we’re now too far north). So when a rainbow appears, no matter how faint, it’s worth a photo.


On the penultimate evening, as always, we enjoy the Chef’s Parade through the dining room when we can say ‘thank you’ for the 12,000 superb meals they provide each day.


A last chance to enjoy a late night in the disco – Gina, David and James having a rest from dancing ………….


………. and, later on (much later on in fact!) we caught up with Mandy and Jay for a bit more dancing and revelry. We eventually got back to our cabin at 3 o’ clock in the morning and, don’t worry, Doug was not as bad as this very inopportune photo seems to show!

Tomorrow will see us safely disembarking in Southampton after another terrific adventure and something very different scheduled for us to look forward to very soon.

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