Wednesday 2nd May – Southampton
We arrived in Southampton yesterday afternoon after a reasonably quiet journey down, and checked into the Holiday Inn. We left the four biggest cases in the secure room behind Reception (why drag them up six floors only to have to drag them back down again) before finding our room. We both had a quick bath and returned to the restaurant on the ground floor where we each had a plate of pretty decent fish and chips.
Then a bit later we were joined by an old school-friend of mine, John, and his wife Trish. They live near to Southampton, and we’d arranged to have a drink and a bit of a catch-up with them. It was a really nice couple of hours.
We neither of us slept especially well, which is par for the course in hotels, and when we finally got up the next morning the weather was looking a bit grim. From our room we could see Cunard’s ‘Queen Victoria’ at the QE terminal, but we didn’t catch sight of ‘Aurora’ until we went along the corridor to go to breakfast. To our relief, she was there, ready for us!
As we were eating breakfast it was clear that the weather wasn’t going to improve any time soon, so our plans to wander into West Quay and do a bit of shopping were looking a bit doubtful. Sure enough, an hour or so later when we attempted to go out we didn’t even get across the hotel car park before beating a retreat back to our hotel room, all shopping forgotten. But at least we got to watch some strange daytime telly for an hour or so! Every cloud!
Our taxi collected us and delivered us to the Mayflower terminal, and we were on board by 12.15, so all good. We were pointed in the direction of the Alexandria restaurant for our Peninsular buffet, where we shared a table and several glasses of champagne-ish with a couple who were booked in a suite.
Cabins were ready, and all our suitcases had arrived by the time we left the restaurant, so we spent the best part of an hour deciding where to hide our stuff for the next fortnight. I’ve never quite understood how we manage to find homes for all our various bits and pieces, but we do.
We had a wander around the ship until it was time for muster drill, which was in the Curzon theatre for us. That’s half an hour of my life I’ll never get back. But at least we have our favourite captain in charge – Neil Turnbull!
There was a sailaway party out on the Terrace Deck, but we just sat up in the Crow’s Nest drinking our free fizz and watching Southampton Water disappear around us. Then it was time for our first sitting dinner, where we had a table with two other couples who all seemed moderately sane and friendly. Bodes well, I think, though we did warn them not to expect to see us too often as we intend using some of our On Board Credit in the Select dining venues. Well, it seems rude not to!
There were two shows on this evening, both of which we’ve seen before – Victor Michaels, a classical/swing singer in the theatre, and Caravan performing in Carmen’s. Instead, we parked ourselves in Champions and joined in two quizzes – didn’t disgrace ourselves but didn’t win the bottle of paint-stripper either. Sadly, one bloke tried to ruin the first quiz by loudly shouting out answers, simply because he objected to Ents Host Alex switching off the football match. Don’t know what Alex said to him, but he shut up after that.
And that was the end of the day for us. We were pretty tired, so just went up to the Horizon buffet to check out the late-night hot chocolate (absolutely fine!) before turning in.
Thursday 3rd May – at sea
A relatively smooth overnight crossing, up until about 5.30 this morning when we rounded Ushant Point. Things got a bit bumpier then, and when we eventually got up George was (as usual on the first day of a cruise) really feeling the motion of the ocean. But we had a light breakfast in the Horizon and went straight out onto Prom Deck and walked a mile. The weather was best described as ‘bracing’! But at least the sun was out.
We sorted out the internet package and booked a couple more tours before joining a quiz about musical theatre and film in Champions. Gosh, it was hard! We managed just 5/20, and the winners only got 11 right!
After lunch we had a Facebook group meet in the Crow’s Nest. Only about ten of us there, but a nice 20 minutes or so chatting together and putting faces to e-names! We followed that with the Battle of the Sexes in Champions, where I managed to NOT be ladies team captain (done it three times in the past year, and enough is enough!), and the ladies thrashed the men by 200 points to 140. We’ll see how things pan out in the coming days.
It was the first formal night today, and the Welcome On Board bunfight. We spent 20 minutes or so chatting to the 2nd Officer before Neil Turnbull did his bit. It was nice that he recognised us, but I have to say his jokes haven’t changed!
We went to see the Headliners’ show after dinner as it was one of our favourites – “My Generation”. We sat at the front (so George could stretch out his recovering knee), but the “atmospheric smoke effects” affected my throat, so we won’t be making that mistake again! Oh well, lesson learned.
After a drink in Andersons we started a table at the syndicate quiz and were soon joined by two other couples to make up a team. We didn’t think we’d done too well, but out of 10 teams, six were in a tie-break (wow!), including us. Didn’t win though.
Friday 4th May – at sea
There seems to be an awful lot of men with beards on this cruise. One or two women too…
I hit the breakfast buffet early this morning as I had an appointment in the spa for 8.00 – eyelash and brow tint, something I’ve not had done for quite a while. Meanwhile, George was walking a mile and we met up afterwards for coffee and an individual quiz about capital cities – didn’t do too badly, considering!
The men gained on the ladies in the Battle of the Sexes in the afternoon, though we’re still 40 points ahead of them. Won’t be at tomorrow’s Battle as we have the Baltic/Ligurian lunch and both are at midday. So the ladies will have to do without me!
We spent most of our day sitting on our balcony, reading. It was a lovely sunny day, but there was a bit of a cool wind blowing which meant sunbathing on deck was a no-no. The Crystal pool was still netted over, and although the Riviera pool was open it was a bit turbulent in there, to say the least!
I managed to win the individual quiz before dinner, and in the evening we watched a comedian in the theatre, Phil Melbourne. We’ve seen him before, though I barely remembered him. Very good.
His show overran, so we were too late to watch/listen to Caravan and their Bee Gees show, so we went back to the cabin until it was time to go up to Vanderbilt’s for the syndicate quiz. TBH, I was tired enough that I would have happily given it a miss, but we’d promised our team-mates from yesterday that we’d be there. And not sure it was worth it in the end as we only came fourth – though we did have a good laugh.
Saturday 5th May – at sea
George has been having trouble in the trouser department. And no, not THAT kind of trouble! For most of the year so far we’ve not walked or worked in the garden nearly as much as we normally would, partly because of the weather and partly due to George waiting/recovering from his knee operation. As a result, his waist has -ahem – grown a bit and he’s bought some new (larger) trousers which are here with us. And guess what? He now seems to have gone back to his regular size and the new trousers are too loose! But just for once the on-board shop came up trumps with a pair of smaller ones – but it’s frustrating knowing he has several pairs the right size back home. Good job I hadn’t given them to a charity shop….
We were up relatively late for us as we lost an hour in the middle of the night. And we had a busy morning as we wanted to join in with the 10-lap Trek The Deck walk for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Good fun, but much lower-key than the half-marathon we did on last year’s world cruise. Got a t-shirt and certificate out of it, anyhow! And by the time we finished, there were almost 40 people registered, with more still arriving, so it’ll be interesting to see how much money was raised.
Then at midday today we had our Baltic/Ligurian Tier loyalty lunch. And joy of joys we were back on table 228, which was our table for last year’s world cruise, though no sign of our waiters from then (was I surprised? No). there were three other couples on the table, and the Chief Electro-Technical Officer who’s in charge of the internet connections, among other things. He took a bit of ribbing, as you can probably imagine! But as is usual with these events, the food, wine and service were superb, and we had a good chatty table (including one couple who were on the 2012 world cruise with us).
The rest of the afternoon was spent recovering and trying not to fall asleep. Every time we have one of these events to go to I promise myself that I won’t over-indulge this time – and every time I do just that!
We roused ourselves to go to the individual quiz, before going up to the Horizon for a light buffet dinner: really didn’t want/need a full MDR meal. Victor Michael was performing in the theatre again, but we avoided him and watched the Headliners’ “We Will Rock You” show in Carmen’s instead. We’ve see it countless times in the past, but it passed an hour.
We finished our strange day in the syndicate quiz, where our team-mates didn’t show up but we managed to finished just one point behind the winners, so not bad.
Sunday 6th May – Alicante
A new port for us, so we’d booked a “scenic history” tour and were up and breakfasted in good time. We joined our coach, and were initially dropped off close to the Old Town from where we had a walking tour. This lasted about an hour, and showed us the monastery, cathedral and town hall, where we also saw sections of the Moorish city walls which are preserved behind glass.
From there we drove up to the Moorish Castle of Santa Barbara which is perched high on a hill about the city. The views are spectacular, and to make things even nicer we were all given glasses of sangria and bowls of nibbles while we enjoyed the scenery.
Our tour guide took us inside one of the castle buildings and talked us through the history of what is really a fortress – she was certainly very knowledgeable.
Our final stop (after our driver managed to extricate the coach from the tiny parking area at the top of the castle!) was at the beach area, where another drink awaited us. This was an almond-milk concoction called ‘horchata’ – nice, but a bit too sweet for our tastes.
Back on board, we grabbed a light snack before I dipped into the Riviera pool for the first time: well, I had a new cossie and goggles to try out! I had the pool to myself so managed a few lengths without annoying anyone by doing tumble-turns, and I was pleasantly surprised by the water temperature – cool enough to be able to swim properly without gasping for air.
I won the individual quiz again, and for dinner we ate outside at the Beach House which was lovely as always. And as is often the case, we didn’t make it to the dessert course – too stuffed!
The theatre show this evening was Phil Melbourne again, and this time I recognised his act. Maybe we missed his first performance last time we came across him. Or maybe I’m just getting senile!
There was a music quiz in Champions later which wanted us to name the title and artiste for 30 Motown introduction pieces. Quite funny, as many people actually sang along – including singing the titles! We followed that with the syndicate quiz: Carol and Neil joined us again, but we didn’t do too great so afterwards we all went up to the Horizon for hot chocolate where we sat putting the world to rights for half an hour or so.
Monday 7th May – Barcelona
We hadn’t been sure what to do in Barcelona – we’ve wandered up and down las Ramblas many times in the past so felt we ought to do something a bit more structured this time. So we ended up booking a tour that revisited some old haunts, and new ones, too.
We started off with a walk through the Old City to the Cathedral. I’d been here before, on a cycling tour, but this was the first time George had seen it. I was pleased to see that there are still a flock of geese in the Cathedral cloisters – though probably not the same geese I saw 12-15 years ago!
We then had a drive through areas dominated by buildings designed by Antoni Gaudi and his fellow ‘arts and crafts’ architects, and were dropped close to another of his designs – the Sagrada Familia. We’d not seen this close up for a good decade or so, and it was quite an eye-opener to see how much nearer to completion this iconic building has come in that time. Still got another eight years before they reckon it’ll be finished, though!
From the Sagrada Familia we travelled up to Montjuic for a visit to the Spanish Village. We’ve been up the mountain before (even walked up it once: didn’t plan to, but the funicular railway was out of action that day), but never been in the Spanish Village. We really liked it – loads of examples of Spanish architecture from the various regions of the country, many of which are now artisanal shops. And the views across the city from the very top are spectacular. It’s a shame we didn’t have more time here, but at least we can plan a whole day’s visit next time we call at Barcelona (and there’s bound to be a next time!).
Back on board we had a late salad-lunch followed by an hour toasting ourselves up on Deck 14. There was only a dozen or so of us up there, which was surprising as most of the sunbeds by the pools were occupied. Many less-frequent cruisers haven’t found Deck 14 yet? Or perhaps they’ve read that ladies can sunbathe topless up there and think it might be compulsory! (Just for the record – no I didn’t!)
After the individual quiz we joined our table-mates in the Alexandria restaurant for dinner. Thought we’d better show our faces or our waiters will forget who we are! The Headliners were in the theatre this evening, with their “New Romantics” show, which is one of our favourites as the music reminds us of the time we were raising our young children and all the worry and joy that entails.
The rest of the evening we spent on our cabin balcony with the bottle of cava we’d brought with us. The view wasn’t great (the terminal!), but the evening was warm and the fizz was cold!
Tuesday 8th May – at sea
We should have been in Cannes today, but repairs to the thruster shafts bearing had to continue through the night, and we finally left Barcelona at 6.00 this morning. The CapTAYNE is on the PA system as I type this, and has just said everything now seems fine although the technicians are still on board with us, just in case.
I had a swim in the Riviera pool after breakfast. There was no-one else about, just one or two people moving and reserving their sunbeds, as always. Why do people do that? There are plenty of beds to go round.
Before lunch we joined another couple for a quiz about Beatles lyrics – and managed to win it, just got a question about “Penny Lane” wrong. Then in the afternoon was the return of the Battle, today being a round of guess-how-much-the-onboard-shop-is-selling-this-item-for. Everything basically double what we’d expect in the shops at home! But the ladies won (again) and increased their lead.
We ate in the Glass House in the evening. The food and service were fine, but we were disappointed with the menu – not nearly so many choices as we’ve had in the past. Not sure if we’ll go back.
Then we grabbed seats in Carmen’s for a magic show from a guy called Adam Heppenstall. We’ve seen him before, but he’s very good and his act is pretty funny. He’s on again in two days’ time.
And that was our evening done and dusted. We’d agreed to have an early night, as we have to be up at 6.00 in the morning, ready to go to Florence and Pisa.
Wednesday 9th May – Livorno
Our alarm went off at 6.00 and we were breakfasted and ready to leave the ship just over an hour later. It was raining quite heavily, but the coaches were lined up close to the gangplank so we didn’t get very wet at all.
We first had an hour’s drive to Pisa, which is somewhere we’ve not been before, and after walking us from the coach park to the city walls, our guide gave us an hour’s free time to explore. The Piazza dei Miracoli (Miracle Square) was very close, and we spent most of our time wandering around taking photos – including the classic “holding up the Leaning Tower” shots! Very nice, and not too busy as we had been the first coach to arrive – and there must have been about 50 of them when we left. And by now the rain had stopped.
From Pisa we were taken to Florence where we were dropped off by the River Arno, and again walked to a meeting point close to the main attractions. This time we had about 3½ hours to ourselves, and as by now it was lunchtime our first priority was to find somewhere to eat.
We ended up in a side-street trattoria, where we had a glass of chianti each and a plate of the most delicious pasta we’ve ever tasted. All for 40 Euros, and worth every penny.
We walked passed the Uffizi gallery, and crossed the Ponte Vecchio, not to buy any gold or jewellery, but merely because we didn’t cross it last time we were here. Some of the shops on the bridge (and over the other side, come to that) are very high-end, but that didn’t seem to put people off.
Next we bought ice creams – well, this IS Italy. We each had a ‘small’ cone that were the size of the Olympic torches. Huge. Took us a good half-hour to finish them. And as we licked our ices, we wandered through what is effectively an outdoor city museum. By the time we had to get back to the meeting point by the Santa Croce church we’d taken in the giant Renaissance statues outside the Uffizi Palace (including Michelangelo’s statue of David with the enormous………hands), the Cathedral and Bell Tower, and the Bargello Museum. So we kind of walked in a huge circle around the oldest part of the city.
By now it was very hot, and George’s knee/leg was complaining, and we still had a 90-minute drive back to the ship. Most people on the coach slept a bit – it had been a very long and tiring day, but really lovely.
We were back on board just in time to shower and change before dinner (MDR tonight), but decided against watching the Headliners’ “Fantasy” show as (a) it’s not one of our favourites, and (b) George felt he needed to stretch his leg out which isn’t easy sitting in a theatre for an hour.
However, we went to watch the P&O version of “Pointless” and got picked to play. Didn’t disgrace ourselves, losing out on the head-to-head and coming away with a travel clock for our efforts. We followed that by finally winning the syndicate quiz, even though our team-mates didn’t show up so we were on our own. But at least we don’t have to share the bottle of wine!
Thursday 10th May – Civitavecchia
We’d planned a lie-in this morning, but that went out of the window with the noises from our docking procedures at around 6.00 am. Made worse by the juddering from the side-thrusters causing our wardrobe doors to start rattling (we hadn’t shut them properly – doh!)
Anyway, when we finally surfaced, several hundred passengers had already left the ship, bound for Rome, meaning the Horizon was pretty quiet at breakfast.
I persuaded George to take advantage of the quiet ship to join me in the pool – the first time he’s tried swimming since his knee operation. We weren’t in long, and his knee was fine, but his shoulder decided it didn’t like the frontcrawl arm action so he did a lot of kicking on his back instead. But at least he’s tested his knee now.
We had coffee and a long chat with Graham, the entertainment manager, before grabbing a sandwich in place of lunch, and boarding our coach for our tour.
We were off to a place called Montefiascone for a wine-tasting session. The drive there took nearly an hour through the Etruscan region, and although the weather was hot and sunny when we left the port, as we approached the winery the heavens opened. Fortunately it had eased off to a drizzle by the time we arrived, and stopped completely half an hour later.
We had three wines to sample – two white ones, which were okay and a red that we much preferred. There was also a selection of local food to try, though they were a bit tight here: there was more than enough bread, but only enough pancetta, pecorino cheese and olives to get a taste. Bit mean, I thought.
From the winery we began our drive back to Civitavecchia, stopping at a little town called Marta on the way. It’s a very pretty place, on the banks of the most enormous lake I’ve ever seen: we couldn’t see the far side of it, and there were two inhabited in the middle. Huge. This was really only a photo-stop, but there was time to get a coffee or ice-cream (we had ice-cream. Again!).
Just like yesterday, we arrived back at ‘Aurora’ just in time to shower before going to the Alexandria for dinner. And from there we went straight to the Curzon theatre to watch the magician, Adam Heppenstall, again. Another great show, he really is very clever. And we finished our evening doing appallingly badly in the syndicate quiz (on our own again – haven’t seen our team-mates at all for three days, think they might have jumped ship in Barcelona!), but consoled ourselves with hot chocolate in the Horizon buffet before bed.
Friday 11th May – at sea
We thought last night we’d have a swim before breakfast, but there was enough ship movement to make it a bit unsafe. So we went for a Prom deck walk after we’d eaten – only to find part of the deck roped off! 20 minutes lapping Sun deck instead probably did the business. Wish we’d taken sunglasses, though as it was a bit bright up there!
After lunch I went to the Battle, without George. He said he’s finding the dynamics of the men’s team a bit unpleasant – and today it certainly turned nasty. The men got a question wrong, and one of them really threw his toys out of the pram. He was up on his feet, jabbing his finger towards the ents hosts running the Battle (Alex and Kelsie), and generally ranting and raving. It took all the others in his team to get him to shut up and sit down. A nasty episode: it’s only a quiz, for heaven’s sake.
There was a Zumba session straight after the Battle, so naturally I went along as I love it. There’s not been one on this cruise so far, apparently because the daytime programme is too busy. How about moving the art and spa talks into the cinema, and freeing up Masquerades? There must have been 30 or more or us, crammed into Masquerades, (about 60% of us having done it before) so it’s certainly popular enough.
Formal night tonight, so we ate in the dining room again, and then went to the theatre for what is probably our favourite Headliners’ show – “Destination Dance”. Excellent as always.
After the show we went straight into Anderson’s as we wanted to try the gin flights. We ordered two, so we had six craft gins to try, all very different. We tried to ‘rank’ them, but gave up and just decided on our favourite and least favourite. Lovely to try, though.
As we were getting through our gins, Carol and Neil, our syndicate team-mates turned up. We hadn’t seen them since Barcelona, and it turned out that Neil had fallen down some steps at the Sagrada Familia and injured his ankle. So he’d been out of action for a couple of days, though everything seems fine now. He’s blaming the varifocal lenses he’s wearing for the first time. And just for the record, the four of us didn’t do too badly in the syndicate quiz tonight; no win for us though.
Saturday 12th May – Almeria
We’ve noticed that there seems to be an awful lot of men with full, white beards on board. George has likened it to a Santa Claus convention!
We docked in Almeria at about 8.30 this morning, in a totally different place to when we’ve been here in the past. Then we could just walk straight out of the port gates into the city centre, but today we’ve had shuttle bendy-buses to take us to that point. It looks like what was the cruise dock is now for ferries.
First thing after breakfast we had a swim, followed by a chat with the CapTAYne, and we left the ship just before 10.00. There was already a long queue of passengers waiting for the shuttles, but we only had to wait five minutes or so. However, there were already people returning to the ship saying “there’s nothing here”, which might have put some first-time visitors off. But we knew what the city is like and just wanted to stretch our legs in the park, wander round the market and get an ice cream, which is exactly what we did. We were surprised, though, how quiet it was everywhere. I know it’s Saturday, but surely some of the locals go shopping then?
We had another hour crashed out on Deck 14 in the afternoon, so we’re gradually changing colour a bit. George had a bath to warm up and ease his shoulder, before we had a go at the individual quiz – which I won for the third time this cruise.
Dinner for us tonight was in the Beach House. We were the only people sitting outside – well, it was a bit windy, and we nabbed the most sheltered spot! Quite busy indoors, though. And it was another lovely meal, as it always is here. In our opinion, anyway. And of course it’s even nicer when you don’t have to pay for your bottle of wine because you won it in the syndicate quiz a couple of nights before!
We didn’t fancy watching the singer, she who did the Adele tribute the other night, nor did the Eurovision ‘party’ in Champions appeal, so we just dozed and read in the cabin until it was time for the syndicate quiz. On our own again (not seen the others at all today), and finished just two points adrift of the winners.
Sunday 12th May – Gibraltar
As this is our 12th visit to Gibraltar we opted for a peaceful morning on board – unlike gazillions of our fellow passengers who rushed ashore at the first opportunity! Don’t think some of them had thought it through: today is Sunday, and it was barely 8.00 am when many left, so I don’t know what they were expecting to find open at that time. We found it quite amusing in the Horizon buffet – we struggled to find a table for breakfast when we got there, but as soon as the “you can go ashore now” announcement was made, the place emptied!
And from then on, the whole ship was pretty deserted. We went down for a quiz mid-morning, that turned out to be just us and one other team (we won), and had quite a long chat with the Captain a little later on. There was no lunch for us today, but we had an hour crashed on a totally deserted Deck 14 just before we left Gib.
And the reason for our missing lunch was that we were booked on the Champagne Afternoon Tea, in the Glass House. It was lovely. A generous selection of filled rolls, cakes and scones, with more brought to the table if we asked, and unlimited tea and (most important!) Baron de Marck champagne. We must have got through four or five glasses each – it’s hard to keep track when your glass is being constantly topped up! To say we were feeling the effects is an understatement!
And as if that wasn’t enough, an hour or so after the tea finished we had the Peninsular Club cocktail party: more free booze, but prosecco this time. Strangely enough we didn’t want to go to dinner….
There were two shows this evening. The Headliners were in Carmen’s doing their “Top of The Billboards” show which we’ve only seen once or twice before as it’s quite new. Then in the theatre was an Irish foursome, the Runaround Kids, who gave us a really great 40 or so minutes of rock and roll, with a bit of comedy thrown in. They were really good, and deserved their standing ovation at the end. They’re back on in two days time.
Monday 14th May – at sea
A really bumpy night. Usually the motion of the ocean rocks me to sleep, but not this time. And early this morning we both started hearing what sounded like a ping-pong ball rolling around in a drawer. George investigated, but we found nothing: think it might have been a coat-hanger tapping against the wardrobe side. Whatever it was, it was annoying.
The ship was corkscrewing its way up the Portuguese coast until late afternoon. It doesn’t bother me particularly, but poor George suffers, and with the sleepless night we’d had most of our time was spent dozing, until for me it was time for the Battle of the Sexes (not sure who won as I left before the scores were given).
The harpist was on in the theatre this evening, and the Black and White Ball in Carmen’s. Sadly we’ve not danced at all on this cruise as George is still nervous of over-working his knee. Never mind, there’s always next time!
But the only thing we went to watch was the P&O version of “The Chase” – it was okay, but certainly not the most dynamic of game shows. We followed that with the syndicate quiz, but despite Carol and Neil being with us tonight, along with a random couple we’ve never met before, we were a couple of answers adrift of the winners.
I should have mentioned earlier – the shops are closing. Those on Deck 6 shut yesterday, and today the rest of them closed (with the exception of the Emporium for anyone who is in desperate need of shampoo, paracetamol or chocolate). I can’t help thinking that if they were serious about selling most of their stock they would have dropped the prices to something less than ridiculous. That didn’t happen, though.
Tuesday 15th May – at sea
Well, the shops are now CLOSED. The atrium looks a bit odd with all the shop windows covered in red blinds, but it’s sooo nice to be able to walk through the area without having to dodge tables of sales stuff. And, of course, they can’t take over Charlie’s all day either! Mind you, Anderson’s was off-limits to us this morning as it was being used for the booze collection point – and we didn’t have any to collect!
A much better night’s sleep for both of us, which was good as we needed to get the packing done. I got the cases out from under the bed, hoping to find the label that’s gone missing from one, but no joy. Don’t understand how it’s managed to disappear as we have cruise-label ‘wallets’ on each case so we don’t just wrap them round the handles. Ah well.
We did a science quiz mid-morning (poor, that’s all I’m saying!) but spent the rest of the morning sorting paperwork and getting ready to load stuff into the suitcases. And to be honest we’d done most of our packing by the time I went to the final Battle of the Sexes – which the women won, much to the men’s chagrin.
There was another Zumba session after the Battle (hooray!), which wasn’t as well supported as the previous one. That might have been due to the change of time, or maybe everyone was too busy packing – or trying to win the bingo jackpot! Then I won the final individual quiz and went straight to the prize Passport Collection – a wine cooler and two pen/keyring sets.
We put the cases outside the cabin door before we went to dinner. We’d decided to go up to the Horizon for the Tandoori buffet, as we wanted a quick get-away so we could get seats in Carmen’s for the second show by the Runaround Kids. And this show was every bit as good as their first offering, even bringing in Hayley Walsh to play her harp for a couple of numbers. There were several people jiving on the dance floor, and the guys got another standing ovation at the end. Fabulous.
And so our latest cruise is rapidly coming to an end. As I type this it’s 7.45 pm ship’s time, we’re roughly south of Plymouth and the sun is streaming into our cabin. Our suitcases are now somewhere in the bowels of the ship, we have a 1970s music quiz to go to, and a final drink before turning in.
Thank you to everyone who’s bothered to take the time to read my diary, and especial thanks to those who’ve made such nice comments.
Here’s to the next one!