This was our first ever cruise and we stayed in Southampton Premier Inn the night before the cruise.
We found the CPS parking service and from there it was all very smooth. They took the car and gave us a ticket and someone else got all of the luggage out and whisked it away. We went into the embarkation hall and there was a very short queue to show our passports have photos taken and fill in a brief health questionnaire. After that we went through security (a longer line) and got a quick snap before getting on and a little ticket to tell us when to board. We both used the facilities and waited. It was quite cool as it looked like there was a free magazine and newspaper rack where people were getting handfuls before boarding but this was whisked away before we boarded maybe it was only for VIP's. We were on the ship and in the buffet by 11.57am.
Our room was nice it was a comfortable size (we were in A144) it is an inside cabin at the back of the ship. We had a little nose about and our room steward Savio came and introduced himself and told us how to get in touch if we needed him. I asked how long for our cases and he said it could take some time but if we wanted to check the lobby we could get them ourselves so we went off and found them and unpacked.
We had a letter saying unfortunately that they couldn't meet our request for a table for 2 but we had a table for 4 instead. We toyed with asking for a larger table (in case we didn’t like our dinner mates) but in the end we left it.We went down to dinner and met the other couple we would be eating with called Derek and Sandra and we hit it off right away, bonding over our love of bargains and our crazy cats.
We went down to the Palladium Theatre for the Welcome Aboard Show after dinner and we had a lovely couch with a table and each had a cocktail of the day. The show was really just a quick welcome to the entertainment team and to tell us what was coming up. After we
The only other issue with our room is being inside you have no idea what time it is or what the weathers like anything we would like something with some outside access next time.
Breakfast at the buffet was disappointing and we will try the restaurant next time.
We headed to the casino to learn to play blackjack and roulette. It was a fun little session and we got a £3 match play coupon for each game we learned. We then hung around for the slots tournament, this was fun with 2 minute timer on the machines to win as much as possible.
We headed to the captains welcome party, we had a photo with the captain and one by the spiral staircase. Then we listened to the speech and headed off to dinner.
We watched the comedian John Mahoney and he was very good and funny. Then we went and changed and went back to the Aquarius pool to take pictures of the sunset at 10.38pm.
I went to the spa and enquired about the cost of highlights and nearly fainted when I was quoted £153 for the whole thing plus £70 for a home maintenance set.
We went to check out our pictures from the Captains Welcome Party and we had 2 nice pictures so ended up shelling out £36 for these. I do think the pictures are overpriced and that as they have printed them already they could sell much more reasonably but there were always queues so must make heaps.
After dinner we went to see the boogie nights show this was an excellent show. Afterwards we walked through the shop and I bought a watch I had liked that was half price and we had a wander around the casino for a bit.
We went to the globe which was empty other than one other person and found the perfect seat to watch Argo. This was an excellent film but very tense not helped by the strong costa coffee we had whilst watching it lol.
Was a nice day on board only thing we would have liked was some sort of activity like an art or drawing class.
We went to see the show called reel to reel which was amazing we enjoyed it so much,.
Eventually after delays we were off around 10.30am one of the last ones off. We found our cases very easily walked through and got in the first queue we saw. After 30 minutes of waiting without moving for what we assumed was CPS we realised we were in the Cruise Parking line a different one altogether. Went to CPS and they gave us key pointed opposite we got in car was on way just after 11am and after stopping for brief lunch at home by 13.30pm.