- FIRST FEW DAYS*
Here we go again with a trip from the UK to the Western Med and back to the UK.
We started our journey from Cornwall by car to our home port of Southampton early in the morning, of the 14th, this early start would give us a bit of spare time for any unforeseen circumstances, if needed before our sail away, which was in the late afternoon , but all went well, just a bit of heavy traffic in Salisbury but no great delay.
Embarkation went very well and we were soon on board, with our cases at our cabin when we found its location, I think it`s the quickest we`ve had them during our time cruising. So we had a bit of light lunch, then it was back to the cabin to unpack and familiarize yourself to cabin and get use to our new home for this journey. It`s always a bit of a shock when you see what space you have, where do you put everything!!!!, but you do get there in the end.
Safety procedures all completed we went to the “Crows Nest” lounge to see our sail away down the Solent, with the sun shining, hardly any wind what great site it was, with all types of craft on the water. Also sailing that day were 3 other cruise ships, one was the Cunard ship “ Queen Elizabeth” another the “ Independence of the Seas” and one other who name I don`t know. They had all left before us, but we were all in a line going out pass the Isle of Wight.
We had two days at sea before we reached our first port of Gibraltar. The first of those days we were to cross the notorious “Bay of Biscay “ renowned for its rough waters, but for us we did not have to worry, for on this occasion the weather was kind to us with virtually no wind and the sea state was just flat calm, so our crossing of the bay was excellent, but the sky was overcast, with an air temperature of12c.
Our next day, again overcast, this time a little warmer at 17c, with the sun trying to come out later in the day and thankfully it stayed that way all day, and with a gentle northerly breeze it was a very pleasant day at sea, with that direction of wind the same way as we were travelling it makes for virtually no breeze across the decks.
So, I`ll say goodbye for now and hope that you`ll join us again.