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Empress Dock

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  • Day3

    Day 2 Southampton

    August 2, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Sometimes things don’t go quite as planned which seems to be a bit of a recurring theme so far... The delay meant we had to jump on-line and change our transport arrangements to Southampton (at a cost of an extra 20 pounds).

    So the flight from Singapore was delayed, and delayed, eventually taking off just after 3 am. The flight itself was pretty uneventful with a sleeping pill ensuing 9 of the 13 hour flight passed with me knowing nothing about it. We were just about to land at Heathrow (literally just over the end of the airport) when we had to do an emergency go around as there was a plane on the runway in the way. Luckily no issue apart from from some startled looks on the passengers faces and we eventually landed safely.

    A quick trip through immigration and then onto the loser cruiser (err...bus) to Southampton arriving about 2.30pm. We are staying at the Premier Inn West Quay which is pretty basic but close to the centre of the city. So we walked down to the Sea City museum to visit the Titanic exhibition and history of the Southampton (both really good).

    While we were there we saw some photos and commentary about Robert Hickens who was the grandfather of a friend of Christines (Deidre) and the Quartermaster on the Titanic. More of him later as we have a special job to do when we get to the Titanic Experience in Belfast.

    We went out for dinner and were going to a local pub (the Titanic) which is cute from the outside (see attached picture) but really basic and I don’t say that lightly. It had a small but friendly crowd of regulars so we had a couple of drinks there and adjourned to the nearby Standing Order pub for actual dinner.

    An early night as we were both knackered after about 38 hours of travel/faffing around.

    Photos attached show our seats from Chch to Singapore; Singapore Airport terminal 3; seats on the much delayed flight to Heathrow; the double round approach to Heathrow; the Standing Order pub; the Titanic pub; the old City Gates Southampton; a bio of Deirdre’s grandfather; a mock up of class 2 Titanic cabin; a article from an April 1912 newspaper again featuring Dee’s grandfather.
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  • Day34

    Southampton, UK

    October 3, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Today was a great day but at the same time very hard. We docked with Aurora so I got to meet up with my boyfriend Jackson in Southampton for a quick breakfast. Then go on Aurora with a visitor pass he had gotten me for a few hours until he had to start work. Leaving and saying goodbye again was definitely the hard part. We at least dock together one more time on the 20th before he heads home on leave in November. Then I’ll see him again we he joins here in February.Read more

  • Day15

    Farewell, Royal Princess, Southampton

    May 9, 2015 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    We woke early morning and started packing. At breakfast this morning a woman was standing in front of me at the Horizon Court serving herself cereal and humming a tune. Though she finished serving herself in just a few seconds, she continued to block the line until she had finished humming her tune! We said good-bye to the Royal Princess, then immediately took the bus to Heathrow Airport to fly back to Amsterdam for the Viking River Cruise of the Rhine, Main, and Danube.Read more

  • Day24

    Azura, Ocean Terminal, Southampton, UK

    July 14, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Jackson had to go back to work as soon as we got to the ship but Ashley was off.She gave us a great tour all around the ship, both in the passenger and crew areas. We got to see her cabin which is a good size. We visited Jackson a few times and relaxed in his area. He works in a section attached to the spa area so it was nice and quiet and shaded. Passengers were boarding and they don't usually find his area right away. Everything was very impressive ( 6 or so swimming pools and a huge theatre)!Read more

  • Day1

    Day 1, Southampton

    September 1, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Woohoo, a week of floating luxury awaits. An early start this morning after a late night last night, we didn’t even get the suitcases out until about 8.30pm. But all packed up and on the road for 6.30am this morning.

    As appears to have become customary on sailings from Southampton we stopped off in Hungerford for breakfast. A full English at The Tutti Pole just over the bridge and a little wander through the town before setting off for Southampton. Past experience told us that the M3 is usually extremely slow on a Saturday but last year we went on the bus from London and he cut the motorway out, so we gave that s bash and it was quite successful, no hold ups and at the port for about 11.30am. We’d booked ship side parking so we literally pulled up at the side of the ship, butler man comes along and takes the cases, woman comes along and takes the keys and we get on. Was a dream, lucky we have a reasonable loyalty card so straight on no waiting.

    First time on Sapphire Princess, although we have seen her before, we sailed past her in Alaska which apparently was a rare sight, but I was cold and pissed of so we were having food and missed it !!. She is s beautiful ship, similar to the others in the fleet but some nice differences. There is an enclosed area on deck with an indoor pool, lots of pools and hot tubs and the best feature of all is a dedicated massive cake counter - see attached pic. She’s recently been refurbed so is in tip top condition. Again, as seems to be customary we went to the cabin, chucked our hand luggage in and went to the food decks. That’s when I found the cake section, I felt it my duty to pay it a visit, unsure if everything was as it should be I returned a 2nd time to make sure. Unfortunately I’m still not certain but I’m sure I’ll work it out by the time we get off in a week. Sharon face timed her Mum and Dad so they have seen the decks around the ship and can picture where we are, they like to know where we are and that we’re ok.

    We were late setting sale, we were due to depart at 4pm but it was nearer 5. We were out on deck for the sail away party which was good as always and then off down for a drink as we zipped past the Isle of Wight en route to Bruges.

    We went down to the room to unpack, when I say “We” I mean the royal we, I took it upon myself to have a bit of a nana nap 💤. As a reward for Sharon doing all the unpacking i decided I’d take her out for dinner, I’m all heart. We were both s bit on the tired side so we went to the buffet rather than the restaurant as it meant we could just have a mix and match. We contemplated the hot tub, but decided on an early night so we can be nice and refreshed for Belgium 🇧🇪 in the morning.
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  • Day14

    Day 14 - Back in Southampton

    November 11, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Up at 6.30am, quick wash and then breakfast.
    Down to Neptune to collect car keys. A lot of moaning that the car parking company were late - it was 7.15 am ! Any way they came into the Neptune lounge, I showed my yellow slip and they gave me the keys, simples. We were the first deck called, collected our cases and went to car.
    Drive back was a bear but got home just after 10.00am.
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