We arrived at Heathrow on one of the few really nice summer days that they get. Of course there is no real need for A/C here. It was miserable inside. We had to wait about 90 minutes inside for a bus to the ship. The trip to the ship was a non-eventful, nap-filled 2 hours. As we came over the last hill to the coast, there in the distance was the ship and the White Cliffs of Dover.
We have become fans of a ship’s cabin called the aft-wrap. These are demi-suites that sit on the back corners of the ship. These cabins usually are larger than a normal cabin and have huge decks. Our cabin is built like a big triangle instead of a square. Because of this we have more room. The big benefit of these cabins is the deck. The standard deck is about 10 feet wide. On our cabin the deck is 40 feet wide. It spans the back and side of the ship. We can see ll the way to the bridge up the side and the other side of the ship across the back.
When we got to the room we had a great view of the Dover Cliffs.
We caught our neighbor filming our deck. They could not believe how large it is. It turns out that the guy used to work for the same company as my Dad and remembers him. That was pretty cool.
We spent most of today just trying to stay awake. We need to get on this time zone. At one point I thought that I was combing my hair when Mary said “WAKE UP you are snoring!!” I jumped up and we went for a walk.
The Cruise Director is John Heald. He is known as one of the very best in the industry. He was the Cruise Director when we sailed the Mediterranean. He is a funny, round Brit. He does the same jokes and you still laugh until you cry. We made it to the introduction show and enjoyed it. After that we got our second , third, fourth, or fifth wind and decided to go to the sit-down dinner at 8:30. It was a good choice. Dinner was great, we met some very nice people. After dinner we managed to find the soft-serve ice cream machine and headed back to the cabin. I really don’t remember much after that other than seeing the bottom of the empty bowl of ice cream.