I have to say this had been probably the best cruise in many ways I have ever experienced. The weather had been perfect, the ports wonderful and even better where the friendships both old and new that I was about to go home with.
It may have been our last day but, we were still on holiday so no doom and gloom just yet I thought, lets save that for tomorrow when we are back in Southampton.
Today would be spent packing, eating, packing some more, eating again, walking around on deck for a little while, eating some more and then bingo. Don’t know what it is with me and the final sea day but I seem to eat my way through it. It’s almost like comfort food because I feel sorry for myself that it is almost time to get off.
I wanted to make sure I was organised, after all I now had these huge and very heavy wooden masks to get home as well as my suitcase, hand luggage and holdall…….boy having no baggage limit when you leave is a blessing, having no baggage limit when you return is a downright nightmare! It seemed great at the time buying them but how I was going to manage everything on my own was an entirely different question.
Eventually I was as packed as I could be and toddled off to see who was sitting on the open deck. I made some amazing friends on this cruise, some I had met before, others I had befriended during our trip and I was going to miss each and every one of them. I honestly do believe when you cruise and meet new people you bond and share a friendship unlike that of any other. You instantly have a common interest, cruising, and it seems to solidify your friendship as one that shall remain for many years to come.
July 20th we arrived back in England, great! NOT!. I hate, no excuse me I HATE disembarkation day. I decided though that I was not going to get off. Forward my mail to lifeboat 22, MV Ventura, somewhere at sea. I kept to my word for about 20 minutes then when my disembarkation colour was called off I went. I said my goodbyes and made my way down to the atrium.
As always it was a swift process and I was on the coach ready for my journey home before I knew it.
I am planning the next cruise already, where to shall remain a secret until it is booked but watch this space, I feel a more “exotic” destination coming on………………….