The day has arrived. And both of us were just about well enough this morning despite Jan shaking off the residue of tonsillitis and my going to bed and waking up shivery. We said goodbye to our daughter, her husband and, most of all our grandson, and set off for the 80 mile drive from South London to Southampton. We made good time and arrived at Penguin Parking – highly recommended – at about 12.15. Our welcome there could not have been better: the receptionist rushed out to greet us, explained what they’d be doing to keep the car in good order rather than letting it stand for four months, and within minutes our 8 cases and numerous suit and dress carriers were transferred to their vehicle and 15 minutes later we were handing over the same cases to Cunard.

We were an hour early for our embarkation slot so we read and stocked up on the complimentary magazines in the terminal (we have a lot of reading time ahead of us) before being called forward exactly on time. Checking In and Security were painless and at two thirty we were in our cabin, which is beautiful. Alex, our Steward, introduced himself and has promised to clear the mini bar so that we can fill it with our own alcohol (some Bourbon, Gin and Spanish Brandy) which – we hope – is finding its way through security.


We had some lunch at Kings Court (Thai Green Curry), had a quick view of one or two of the bars and restaurants, including a pleasant lounge at the front of the ship which is exclusive to those of us doing the full cruise, before returning to the cabin to await and unpack our cases. We have an evacuation drill at 5 and then sail shortly after. It’s all very exciting and very pleasing.

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62 year old male on the edge of retirement and giving that a trial with a four month break. Not our first Cruise, but certainly our first and only World Cruise.

6 thoughts on “Embarkation”

  1. Bon voyage! Did anyone tell you why the departure from Southampton was delayed? –I’m looking forward to reading your blog for the next 120 days. I hope you’ll have the time and energy to update the blog regularly; the QM2 does not offer the fastest internet connection at sea.


  2. The QM2 was delayed leaving New York by terrible weather and very high seas and re-provisioning for the World Cruise was behind schedule. So we depart at dawn instead. We’ll still reach Madeira in good time on Sunday.


  3. looking forward to reading your blog. Like you we decided to do our once in a lifetime trip – a world cruise on QM2 in 2015. We know you will have an absolutely amazing time; see some fascinating sights and meet fabulous people. We made friends with a group (8 of us) and keep in regular touch, and will be doing a reunion cruise later this year. There were 250 of us doing the whole world voyage; although we lost at least 4 people along the way due to illness etc. The world cruise cocktail parties; the dinner hosted by the officers etc are not to be missed. Enjoy your adventure; bon voyage.


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