Day 6 – Cadiz, Spain

Day 6 – Cadiz, Spain

Visiting Andalusia We awoke early this morning and watched the ship’s bow slowly rotate through 180-degrees as we quietly crept into the port of Cadiz. We are berthed at the Cadiz Cruise Terminal today and just in front of us is P&O Cruises Oriana, making her last port call before her voyage back to Southampton….

Day 5 – Lisbon, Portugal

Day 5 – Lisbon, Portugal

Visiting the Portuguese capital This morning we are sailing into Lisbon, Portugal. This is the most Western capital of Europe and the capital of Portugal. We took on our pilot at 7am as we entered the River Tagus and he helped us navigate the river to our berth. As we approached our berth we passed…

Day 4 – Leixoes, Portugal

Day 4 – Leixoes, Portugal

Our first stop in Portugal As we have never actually been to Portugal, we were really looking forward to today (and tomorrow – Lisbon!) – after a fairly calm morning sail, we were due into the port of Leixões today, which is just 25 mins by car from the city of Porto. The port itself…

Day 2 – Le Havre, France

Day 2 – Le Havre, France

Our first port call Today we are in Le Havre, France. The ship travelled just 78 nautical miles across the English Channel last night and we were awoken by the ship performing a 180-degree turn in the port and slowly going astern (backwards) into her berth. The ship tied up and gangways were lowered. BeyondCruise…

Day 1 – Southampton, UK

Day 1 – Southampton, UK

Departure day We woke up leisurely this morning around 9am and immediately looked out of the window to see the ship, forgetting, of course, our hotel room overlooked Southampton Police Station rather than the port, nevermind! Breakfast was served in the hotel restaurant, and although the buffet isn’t huge, it is a nice selection and…

Day 0 – Pre-departure Day

Day 0 – Pre-departure Day

Southampton arrival Well off we go – the drive down from the East Midlands down to Southampton isn’t the shortest of journeys I have ever done to join a ship, but it certainly isn’t one of the longest either. But, at 188 miles, it is certainly some distance! We’re heading down to Southampton before we…