In 2013 we sailed out of Rome on the Navigator of the seas. It was our first cruise and it was almost perfect. The ship was spotless the crew were friendly and polite. We learned a lot from this cruise. And one of the things we did learn was to travel from Canada to Europe a few days earlier than the sailing date, and get over the jet lag.
The Navigator of the Seas was due to depart from Southampton on October 12th so we spent a couple of days in the U/K getting into the time zone. Two days before we were due to depart I received a phone call telling me that the ship was on its way back to Southampton and that some passengers had been taken sick with the Norovirus. Our boarding would be delayed by 3 hours while they sanitized the ship. They gave us a new boarding time for our deck. I received two more calls over the next two days and also one e-mail telling me about the delay.
We arrived at the departure terminal at the time they told us to. Our bags were taken away from us as soon as the taxi stopped. Then we had to join a long line of passengers waiting to check in. The longer we waited the darker the clouds got, and just before we hit the part of the queue where there was a roof it started to rain. Nowhere to go just stand there and take it. Lucky for us it was not raining to hard and after a while they called our deck number and we went into the terminal. Also lucky for us we had sailed with Royal Caribbean before so a lady stuck a gold sticker on my shirt and we joined a shorter line up. I felt sorry for all those that we in the other line up it snaked back and forth for a long way.