25.06.2010 65 °F
Well, we’re officially on the Norway cruise, and it’s amazing! This one will be very quick as I’m tired, and we lose an hour tonight. Here’s the recap.
We woke up super early in Dublin, and took a cab to the airport. Flybe passed the test with flying colors compared to Ryanair – check in was easy and painless, and the flight had slightly more room. It was a prop plane, so that was a definite minus, but we made it to Southampton with no issues. Once in Southampton, we decided to save 50 GBP by taking the Uni-link bus to the dock. We weren’t exactly sure where we were going, but it worked out perfectly! Once we got off, we only had a 5 minute walk or so to arrive at the ship. Look how big it is!!
Check-in was again relatively painless and took only about an hour. When we got on the ship, we hit up the buffet, and I was so hungry I didn’t take a picture, but we had some random samplings of salad, chicken, Quorn fajita salad stuff, and a cool ice-cream-cone-looking cannoli. After lunch, we checked into our room – it is the nicest cruise cabin I’ve ever stayed in! The whole ship is very modern and clean and you can tell it is very new. It’s amazing!
Once we unpacked, I got to do my favorite thing on cruises – look through the daily schedule! I circled and underlined like mad
We then spent several hours touring the ship, and again, it’s amazing! Here are a few photos of the casino, some restaurants, the main entryway, the theatre, and the library (I already checked out a book!)
We also walked around outside and noticed the several amazing pool decks. It was fantastic weather - but quite chilly at night! The sun didn't completely set until around 11pm, and sunrise is set for 4:30am!
After walking around, we did a short workout in the gym as the ship was taking off, then showered and grabbed a drink on the pool deck while watching the boat move out to sea. We then headed on to dinner, which was great! On this ship, they do "Freedom Dining," so you can eat whenever you want rather than having an assigned time. It was very efficient and convenient! We both started with minestrone soup (AMAZING), Kev had shrimp cocktail then sirloin steak, and I had grilled salmon. Then we finished with some chocolate pot thing (Kev) and mango sorbet (me). Yum! Pics coming tomorrow.
After dinner, we headed to the theatre for a production of "New York Rhythms" put on by the dance/acting/singing troupe on board. It was great! I think the males were more talented at dancing, for sure, and arguably at singing, than the females, but overall it was very entertaining and a great production!
After that, we headed to the upstairs bar (picture here from earlier in the day), as they were showing a 2-hour feature film on manmade and natural wonders of the world. It was in HD, split on 3 screens that were each ~100 inches, and the quality was amazing. It was sooo interesting to talk about all the places we've been and want to go eventually! On the way back, we hit up the 24-hour buffet and are headed to bed.
One random note before I nod off ... People REALLY notice our accent here! We are guessing that ~80% of the people on board are from the UK, and they ask us where we're from and can't recognize the American accent! In Dublin they were all over it. Hmm... Another random note, the average age on this cruise is approximately 70. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but we are definitely in the lower 5%. I guess we just pick "sophisticated" places But several of the "older" generation definitely stayed at the bar way longer than we did. We'll have to step up our game! Better post tomorrow - good night!