We wanted to get away over the New Year and this cruise was available. We have previously travelled with Royal Caribbean on bigger ships and wanted to see what a small ship would be like.
After booking, we had visited the ship for a morning when it was berthed at Southampton. Our impressions were good and we looked forward to trying it for real.
We flew out on Boxing day, with American airlines, changing planes at Philadelphia. This was not ideal as we had to fly from Heathrow, yet live 20 minuted from Gatwick.