…..and enjoying that first glass of wine in The Glasshouse. More later.
Cheers to all my readers.
Update: we’ve booked our speciality restaurants – two meals in Sindhu and one in Seventeen. The menus in Sindhu seem to be a bit more ‘curry-ish’ than they were in East the last time on Ventura.
Some practicalities: we stayed at Chieveley Services last night and unusually managed a reasonable lie-in this morning: we did’t get up until nearly 8 o’clock. So what with showers (well, baths actually – the shower/bath tap combo wouldn’t switch to shower), eating pre-packed breakfasts, re-packing the car (Val is paranoid about thieves targeting our car and nicking our bags, out of the hundreds parked overnight at the Travelodge), it was gone 10 before we got away from Chieveley. What with a brief stop at Rownhams services on the M27 it was after 11:15 before we were driving into Southampton. I’m pleased to report that the new entry approach along Platform Road worked well – both right-turn lanes (into Dockgate 4) are in use. We drove into the Ocean Terminal at about 11:20 or so, straight into the unloading lanes. We waited in the check-in area until about 11:45 when checking started, and our letter was called at just about midday. There then followed the usual check-in and security palaver, but we were stepping onto Azura by 12:15. By 12:20 or so we were tucking into lunch in the Verona buffet, followed by cups of tea on the stools on the Terrace bar area, and then by 1:30 at the latest we were sipping that first glass of wine in the Glasshouse. So we’re on board, and on holiday!