A couple of lazy days at sea

We’re well on our way back to Dover right now. We dock at about 6 AM tomorrow, get off the ship at about 9 AM, and then we’re picking up a rental car for the drive to Southampton. Barb and I want to take the country roads as much as possible so we can enjoy the beautiful English countryside.

We hope to arrive in Southampton before 6 PM, turn in the car, and then take a taxi to a good pub. The next day, we get to laze around before boarding the Queen Mary 2 for the long sail to New York.

So what are we doing on our two days at sea on the way to Dover? Relaxing. We slept in both days, saw Toy Story 3 in Digital 3D yesterday (this is a Disney ship…) and may see it again today. We finished our heavy packing a little while ago, so we really have nothing to do but burn up our remaining Internet minutes and have some drinks.

One of the highlights of the cruise yesterday was our passage under the Great Belt Bridge, the second-longest suspension bridge in the world. It connects the Danish island on which Copenhagen is located with the Danish mainland of Jutland. Many of us were on deck for the passage, which was exciting to the two engineers who have been writing this blog!

While this has been a great cruise with some of the best port destinations that we’ve ever visited, we thought the service and the ship were a little “off”. Nothing much, but there were just some things that could have been handled better. The meals were good, but not spectacular as they were on the Oceania Regatta earlier this year. Still, The Mouse does an outstanding job – you just have to realize that this is our 16th cruise and we expect absolute perfection. We’ll be critical of Cunard if they don’t meet our expectations.

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