Very sadly we said goodbye to our friends from Salisbury, and started the short journey to Southampton, via the New Forest.
We managed to get some glimpses of the area - seeing plenty of horses, donkeys and cows in the process.
We returned the hire car, only to find a surprise chip in the screen... which of course would cost me £££ - Never mind - it was still cheaper than the two taxi rides would have been (only just).
Taxi to the Docks
We got a very zippy taxi driver - yet it still took over 25 mins to get to the Dock area.
Boarding the ship
The taxi dropped us in a rather clean shed !! A large shed with lots of Union Jacks hanging from the rafters. We wheeled our bags to a drop off area and then stood in a line for approx 30 mins.
There were at least 30 check in staff - but they needed to see (and to verify) all the paperwork - even having a US Visa (Or ESTA) - seems to require other people to confirm it.
After what seemed like a very long check-in process - we were issued 2 ship ID cards, and we carried on forwards.
We soon descended from deck 7 to deck 5 - and entered our stateroom.
Dora looking happy we finally made it on-board.
A small welcome present.
Me checking that the bed meets our requirements !
After squaring away the cabin, we went out on deck for a wander, to see the sights, as we will not see any land for 6 days once we get fully out to sea.
Checking the sun-loungers meet our requirements - it's all go !!
Dora looking relaxed just prior to sailing.
Outfit of the Day - day 1
myself - a formal evening dress.
There are some more photos including these in the gallery.