I started out with a sunny 10 visit in Florida. It was followed by a quick 3 day visit at my legal address in Ohio. Then the fun really began.
My husband and I flew off to Texas via Tennessee and Florida to catch a 21 day trans-Atlantic cruise flooded by some additional days of exploration.
Our first surprise after the unexpected stop in Florida enroute to Texas was our 2 star motel. It was greatly underrated. It was convenient to the airport, has fast free wifi and a yummy included breakfast, not to mention our room was suite size!
Our trip to the ship the following day was uneventful but check-in was surprisingly quick and efficient. Our first of many delays then started. Due to a huge winter storm many passengers were late arriving to the ship so our departure was delayed. That caused us to miss our window of opportunity to cast off before the storm so we were stuck in Houston for the night. The following morning heavy fog continued our time tied up at the pier. We departed 22 hours late.
We were then on our way back to Florida where we encountered another delayed departure. After a new satellite was installed and new passengers boarded they put divers in the water to fix a stern thruster. Oh and I forgot the two ambulances that also were present; one to remove a body and one for an injured crew member. (We had also lost a person during our 22 hour delay!)
We did finally depart Florida and cruised off to Bermuda. We had a few eventful days.
About the time we were to pass by the Azores we were informed a helicopter would be coming in to airlift off a person, another injured crew member. The Portuguese military copter and escort plane met us 200 miles off of the Azores. That was a sight to see, later we learn the crew member was stable and doing well in Portugal.
Next stop was Liverpool Great Britain. Other than the extreme cold the port stop seemed normal.
Our next scheduled stop was Holyhead Wales but that was canceled to to rough seas and gale force wind, Onward to Hamburg Germany we cruised.
We arrived in Germany 12 hours early, had a beautiful expected daytime sail in and overnighted there. Our excursion to Berlin was amazing.
Our departure was again delayed...the local pilot said the tides were too low. Somehow I think they should have and could have calculated that in advance! Whatever! Sometime during the night we left Germany and headed off to Le Havre France.
The evening before our expected arrival we were informed... Guess what... We would be delayed arriving in France! In spite of this announcement we arrived early!!
Our private tour to Mont St. Michel was spectacular! I highly recommend it.
Our arrival and final destination into Southampton Great Britain was smooth, timely and uneventful.
We spent three days touring southern Great Britain and London. The queen was at Windsor Castle while we were there and then we saw her chopper fly to Buckingham Palace while we were in London. And no we did not see her in either place.
Next up was a flight off to Iceland, but that was after a 1:40 am fire alarm at our motel on the day of departure. Seven flights of stairs is not what I like to do at that time of morning! Glad we were able to get into the loading dock since it was raining! No damage, just damn smokers.
We were then off to unique Iceland, The island of fire and ice. It was a magnificent three days but I don't know how to describe it to anyone that has never been there. Three days wasn't nearly enough and I do hope to go back.
But for now we're in the world is Marsha she is home at her legal address... At least for a couple weeks!!