We’ve been getting ready for the Christmas cruise on Arcadia. I think i mentioned a few weeks ago that I’d bought the train tickets to get us to Southampton and back – it being December, we don’t fancy driving. But this week we’ve taken another couple of steps.
First, we’ve booked our luggage transfer with The Baggage Handling Company. This has cost us £72 for one bag, both there and back. Apparently it will be collected from home at some point in the week before the cruise which means we’ll have to have it packed before then – no more running round in circles the night before the cruise. After that, and all being well, the next time we’ll see it will be outside our cabin door on Arcadia. Then on the way home we have to collect it ourselves from the baggage hall – or do self-disembark, at some unearthly hour on the 27th – and then hand it over to them. They will then convey it home to us, and it will arrive sometime in the following week. We’re not too worried about when it gets back to us, of course.
Second, we’ve had to book a couple of excursion. Neil Ringan, a regular commenter on this blog, pointed out that a number of excursions were already sold-out. We therefore made bookings for two of the days: we’ll be going to Ghent (from Zeebrugge) on the first day, and doing an excursion to the ‘Copenhagen Winter Castles’ on day 3. For day 4, Oslo, all the excursions we fancied are indeed already fully booked.
What’s most annoying about this is that we had intended to book the Copenhagen excursion while on-board, plus one for Oslo. We have quite a lot of OBC for this cruise – over £300 for a week – and getting through it is going to be tough. Certainly on our livers, now that we can’t spend it on excursions, because, of course, excursions booked in advance have to be paid for in advance…. At least we got our Atlantic-tier 7.5% discount. For the rest of the OBC, we will have to drink well, if not too abundantly; and if all else fails, Val has offered to hit the shops. She had a successful time doing so on our last Arcadia cruise and I think she’s looking forward to trying again.
(The image is of Arcadia in Vigo in 2012.)