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Home again

So nearly 48 hours after getting home I’m just about able to raise my head and take a look around!

We did self-disembarkation once again. We had been wondering about doing normal disembarkation this time – we’ve found doing it ourselves getting harder and harder in recent cruises – but for this cruise we didn’t buy any duty-free (thus avoiding festooning ourselves with even more bags), and we felt that, given the typical age of passengers on this cruise, there wouldn’t be many self-disembarkers, and this looked to be correct.

We woke up at 6am on Friday morning after a bad night’s sleep (self-inflicted – too much food and alcohol the night before) to see the Southampton grain terminal just drifting past our balcony. By the time we’d got up, showered etc, and had breakfast it was 7:30, which was within the self-disembarkation time slot of 7:15 to 8:15. So we took ourselves down to deck 6 – we were able to get a lift – ¬†and just walked off; the queue had already been cleared. We were in the car by 7:45. A slight navigation mishap meant that it was nearly 8 o’clock before we were properly on our way, and we hit the M3 at about 8:20. Then it was a simple drive home, arriving at 12:15.

Since then I’ve been washing and ironing, but I’ve nearly reached the bottom of it. Apart from feeling tired I’m OK, but unfortunately Val has picked up a cough and doesn’t feel too good. The perils of a holiday….

So that’s it for our 2017 cruise to to Iceland. In the end we were a bit disappointed – the weather fell below our expectations, let alone our hopes, and the cancellation of the call at Reykjavik was disappointing and just added a sea day, of which there were already plenty. More and more we’re thinking that the seven-night fly-cruise we’ve booked for next year, with a couple of pre-cruise days at a hotel in the departure port, will be a better choice.

I’ll do a fuller review of this year’s cruise in a day or so. In the meantime I hope that my readers have found the posts interesting and helpful.

6 Responses to “Home again”

  1. Ian says:

    I think your reviews are the best in the business! Informative, interesting and so easy to read – I look forward to your posts. I keep going back to your balcony resource and your previous cruises to get tips for shore excursions and experiences on board. Keep up the excellent work!

    • Tom Burke says:

      Many thanks for the comment, Ian. I enjoy writing this stuff, so in one sense it’s easy, and I do try to keep my readers in mind. In fact, I always ask myself “what would I like to read?”, and I think that approach works.

      I also try to keep things in balance. It would have been easy to launch into a diatribe when Reykjavik was cancelled a week ago, for instance, but there’s no point, and in any case the captain must know more then I do. So I concentrate on the positives and when I do have criticisms or observations to make, I try to do so in a positive way – “things would have been better if…” rather than “it was awful because….”.

  2. David Archer says:

    Another well written informative blog thanks.

    When we get back from our cruise our final treat is to send anything that needs ironing to a local launderette who wash and iron them for us and put them on hangers ready to hang back up.

    • Tom Burke says:

      Thanks for the comment, Dave.

      I’ll have a think about the launderette idea. My first response was to wonder about the cost, but in the context of the price of the cruise I expect it’s a small amount.

  3. Val Feast says:

    Find your blogs fascinating and informative. Were lucky enough to get one of the deals on Adonia and go in August. We are doing the repositioning on Azura in October. Again, thanks for all the effort you put in.

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