We spoke to some passengers over dinner this evening about some problems encountered during embarcation on Sunday. I n an earlier post I mentioned that there had apparently been a road accident in Southampton that had added to the traffic congestion. I also had this confirmed by our table companions on Sunday evening who lived in Southampton and who mentioned that they heard about this separately, so it wasn’t just an excuse from the Captain.
The story from tonight’s dinner companions was that they drove into the terminal at about 2:15 for a 3 o’clock embarcation, and were directed to the holding lanes. Apparently they then sat in the lane for well over an hour. Although cars were being processed, it seemed to be very slow, and only a few were being done at a time. My assumption is that the traffic congestion caused delays toboth the move of the cars to the long-term car park, and of course the mini-buses that brought the drivers back to the terminal. Our dinner companions eventually got onto Britannia sometime after 4 o’clock.