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  • Day4

    Morning in Southampton

    June 2, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    We wake in our cozy little cubicle to the sounds of church bells close by and by party revellers of the night gone by. There of course is traffic noise that is somewhat soothing. We are sipping a cup of coffee preparing for the next adventure that befalls us.
    As we ready ourselves the wonderful aroma of our breakfast being prepared finds its way upstairs. We are new people today. No longer itinerant travellers seeking shelter where we can find it. We are the sheltered, who will be entertained and waited upon. It is easier to write about hard times than a pampered life. Hard times are a more interesting story. We’ll see how this develops.
    Our new status means we are taking a cab to the boat.
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  • Day9

    Southampton, UK

    July 20, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    After some major delays docking due to an unusually low tide we finally made it off the ship. Our first stop was hour hotel for the night the Travelodge Southampton Central to drop off our suitcases. We then headed to Boots (pretty much the same as Shoppers Drug Mart) to pick up cold medicine for both Jackson and Ruby. I’ve been dealing with a LOT of coughing and nose blowing the last couple days. Now we are at our usual spot, Standing Orders. Jackson is waiting for Sports Direct to open at 9:30am so he can pick up a suitcase, well Ruby and I will be waiting here for him to come back so we can have an early lunch before he has to head back to the ship for work.
    Yesterday was our final sea day. Ruby and I were very surprised when the noon announcement woke me up. We had no idea we had slept so long. When Jackson finished work shortly after that we played another game of Pachessi before having yet another nap. We later realized we slept through the Great British Sail along which I was a bit sad about. I was looking forward to taking Ruby to it. We ended up ordering room service for lunch so we could eat with Jackson which meant we didn’t end up leaving our cabin until a bit before our reservation at Sindhu the Indian restaurant for dinner. Ruby really enjoyed it. We then however had to head back to the cabin to pack. We packed until we headed to see DNA an act that made it to the finals on Britain’s Got Talent. I think they were quite good but Ruby was very sceptical of their abilities, not really believing get show.
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  • Day4

    Ms Marina

    June 2, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Our boarding was 12 noon. We came at 11 hoping to avoid some crowds. We did,however there were a couple hundred with the same thought. Everything went smooth, check in, security and finally boarding. We checked out the ship, pretty nice. Now we make our way to the restaurant for lunch.

    Well it is 5pm and we are off....wait a minute we have gone back to dock!
    In the mean time our room is lovely And we are settled in enjoying a beverage and cheese plate.

    I like it when there are problems with an operation that isn’t my responsibility. According to the Captain, the wind is too strong to leave the dock, although he did try. We now wait for a tugboat to assist our departure. I guess the aviation equivalent would be getting towed back to the gate because the taxiway is too slippery. Oh well it will soon be time for supper.
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  • Day5

    Days 4 and 5 Southampton/Bon Voyage

    August 4, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    We had a bit of free time on Sunday morning as we weren’t due to board the Nautica until 1 pm. So I went out for another walk early, making it as far as St Mary’s stadium (home of Southampton FC). Typically for a lot of British stadia it is in the middle of an industrial/council housing area but only a 15 minute (if you know where you’re going) walk from the city centre.

    Also typically there a few signs pointing you in the general direction and you can often see the place but it takes a series of dead end guesses as to which actual street is the correct one! Anyway several false starts and curse words later, I found it (see attached photo) and took an alternative route back to town.

    Following that we did a bit of shopping and took the 3 minute taxi ride to the ship. Boarding was really easy and we were having lunch and a drink within 15 minutes of turning up dockside.

    Hotel review.... We stayed at the Premier Inn Westquay. Pros - it’s really close to town, the port and transport routes and it’s pretty cheap. Cons - just about everything else. It has no reception to speak of, the rooms are really basic (no fridge!), and there aren’t too many staff around to do anything.

    We are en route to Edinburgh and had a sea day for the first day of the cruise so not much to report or see. Lots of reading, forming of quiz teams, playing of games and lazing around.

    Photos attached ..... Southampton FC’s St Mary’s Stadium, Central Hall and the Premier Inn Westquay.
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  • Day2

    Mayflower Cruise Terminal

    July 13, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    The surprise didn’t go as planned but was still a huge success! Knowing Jackson was out in Southampton Ruby and took a taxi to Standing Orders where Jackson and I use to always go for lunch. He however had so much shopping to do that he didn’t have time to go there, so the surprise had to wait for the ship.
    Once we got on-board and dropped our stuff off at our cabin we headed down to the bar that he works at called Brodie’s. I walked up behind him and stood there well he was on the phone, waiting for him to turn around when he was done. He however turned around when he was still on the phone and was in complete shock. In his surprise we are pretty sure he hung up on whoever he was on the phone with. When I asked him about it later he doesn’t even remember being on the phone. With Jackson being at work though the real hello had to wait for later but he was walking around from guest to guest with the biggest grin on his face. There were to passengers sitting near Jackson when I surprised him and they really enjoyed watching his reaction as well.
    Ruby and I didn’t do much tonight. We went for the sail away party so Ruby could see us set sail. She found it so weird that you could see the ship was moving but not feel it. Then after giving her a tour we headed for dinner at our assigned restaurant, Peninsular. We are trying so hard to stay awake and not go to sleep too early but we are both exhausted. I’m guessing we’ll be sleeping in tomorrow.
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  • Day40

    Southampton, United Kingdom

    September 11, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Our private tour included visiting the important historical sights of Southampton with its many memorials. We went to the SeaCity Museum’s Titanic exhibit.
    We then drove out to the New Forest, an open area of 220 miles where wild horses, cows, and donkeys roam free. These animals came right next to our car. The residents here are called commoners and live in beautiful thatched roof houses that are very far apart.
    The visit to this most unique area was enhanced by our guide who was an expert on life in the New Forest.
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  • Day133

    Southampton, UK

    October 19, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    One final Standing Orders lunch with Jackson. Followed by some very much needed shopping before the long trans-Atlantic crossing to the Caribbean. One of the benefits of being assistant manager with our new manager Harry is he just gives me a list of things to do and doesn’t care when i do it. So I worked in the morning so I could get off in the afternoon with Jackson when he finished work.Read more

  • Day156

    Southampton, Southampton

    July 2, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    At Standing Order with Jackson grabbing some brunch. He starts at 12:30 so we don't have a lot of time before we have to be back to the ship. Today we are docked with Azura and Arcadia so I got to see my next ship for the first time. Walking around Southampton with Jackson today is like being at home walking around with my Mom. Always being stopped because he has to talk to people he knows from the other two ships. People keep coming up to our table as well who recognize him. There are some people I know on Azura I tried to meet up with as well but with people's work schedules it didn't work out.

    Next we are headed to pound land (basically a dollar store) to get some snacks to take back to the ship. Then back to the ship for Jackson to start work and for me to sleep. I started work at 7:30 this morning, opening up the gallery so people who forgot to get their photos can pick them up before they leave the ship.
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  • Day40

    Silversea Gala

    September 11, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    When we booked our multi-segment voyage, we had to get special permission for this “one day cruise” that never left Southampton. Regular passengers disembarked. Media, travel agents and special guests embarked. It was the first time that the Silver Muse docked in Southampton. It was also the birthday of the owner who brought aboard his friends for the night. Us and 33 other in transit passengers were invited to the festivities.
    Rose set a trend at the bar with her French Martini.
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  • Day51

    Southampton, UK

    October 20, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    Another weird, emotionally draining day. I had to get up early for work in the morning (6:00am) but got to leave early at 8:30 to get Jackson (the boyfriend) on the ship with a visitor pass I had gotten him. I however had a meeting so I left him to watch a movie in my cabin. The meeting ended up taking almost two hours. So by the time that was done Jackson and I only had an hour before he had to leave for work. He got to see a bit of the ship and say hi to a few friends. After a very sad, tearful goodbye he left in a taxi to head to work. Then I went back on the ship to also say goodbye to a photographer as well who was headed home.

    We are now going to be heading across the Atlantic for Caribbean season so I headed into Southampton with my friend Ashton (bar steward) to do some much needed grocery shopping and pick up a few other things. Jackson however knew that I was going into Southampton with Ashton and that we would end up at Standing Orders for some food. So when he found out he was starting an hour later then was originally planned he waited there for us to surprise me. So I got to see him one last time. The next time will be when he joins the ship on February 23rd.

    When we were in Standing Orders we got some news. It was up in the air wether either ship would actually sail today as planned. There is a massive storm right in our path with 14 meter swell. So we found out that my ship was now for sure staying but Jackson’s was leaving. They are headed the opposite direction as us so they were going to miss the worst of the storm. Even though we weren’t sailing away from anything the ship still hosted their sail away party on the top deck. I was up there taking photos so I got to see my old ship where Jackson is sail past. My manager had literally told me to forget about the passengers when it was sailing past us that I could go to the front of the ship to see it go past instead. Jackson had told me he was working on the back deck for the sail away but the ship’s were too far apart. The people were the size of ants, so I couldn’t make him out.

    My work shift ended with my manager also telling me that I should be emotional more often. Apparently I had managed to up-sell quite a bit tonight.

    Then after work most of the team had already gone out in Southampton but I was too exhausted to find them and do anything so Monixa (Photographer) and I had a girls night on the ship instead. She was IPM and couldn’t get off and it’s her New Year’s so we went to one of the restaurants for dinner. I had my usual steak which was amazing as always.

    Now I’m completely exhausted so it’s time for some sleep.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Southampton, ساوثهامبتون, Sauthempton, Горад Саўтгемптан, Саутхамптън, Σαουθάμπτον, ساوت‌همپتون, סאות'המפטון, SOU, サウサンプトン, Саутгемптон, 사우샘프턴, Hantonia, Sautamptonas, Sauthemptona, ဆောက်သမ္ပတန်မြို့, Hantonne, ساؤتھمپٹن, Саутхемптон, เซาแทมป์ตัน, 南安普敦

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