We started our cruise with a mini cruise on the Sunday night with Stena using the overnight ferry from Belfast to Birkenhead. After doing some family business in Liverpool we drove down Winchester and stayed in the Travelodge (booked in advance for 15).
After a short drive into Southampton the car was taken away to its space and we joined the embarkation line. All went well and we were at our stateroom within the hour. We had an enjoyable lunch in the Da Vinci restaurant. The cases arrived during the afternoon. There was good storage space and plenty of good hangers.
Our Stateroom had a balcony, large double bed, two chairs,tv, and a fridge for the wine! We where located on the port side near the front on Baja Deck (11). Our Stateroom was well looked after by the steward Angelo.