Monday, 12 October 2009


A Daily Journal of our first cruise


Tom Tom led us safely to the docks where we unloaded our luggage and then took the car to the car park right next door. The terminal was very busy as there were three big ships departing – ours, The Independence of the Seas



the Ventura and the Queen Mary two



but we went through security easily enough and then had quite a walk to get on the ship. Just like the trekking you have to do at an airport funnily enough.

Got on board. Eventually found our Stateroom which was not easy as no one to guide us and the signs were incorrect! Pleasantly surprised when we opened the door – a super-king sized bed with those wonderfully soft sheets and pillowcase which you only seem to get in America.


Loads of cupboard, wardrobe space and stacks of hangers. The shower room was extremely well thought out again with ample room even for us!


A three story dining room plus a buffet restaurant which was beautiful – look at the chandeliers.


Several pools for children,


Three  large pools , for adults, a surfing pool, climbing wall, mini golf course, ice rink and ????????????





We ate in the dining room on the first night and the was an excellent  choice. We both had onion tart to start, I had pork medallions for main & Mike had steak.

We caught the end of the show and I went to bed after downing the best part of a bottle of Merlot. Slept reasonably well although aware of the boat swaying from time to time.

Brilliant sound proofing, did not hear any other guests at all last night or today.

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