Departure Day - Part 2: Out of Eden

Trip Start Nov 11, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

1345 and I set out (Chauffeur driven of course) to leave the Eden Valley, bound for Newcastle. The journey was fairly uneventful and once I had located the correct check in desk it only remained for us to wait 20 minutes or so until boarding commenced. Jo and I broke into a chorus of 'The Littlest Hobo' which caused mum to get a touch emotional and we all had a lump in our throat for a minute or two. Soon enough however the doors started to roll back and it was all excitement again.

I said my farewells and looked back to wave as I passed through passport control, and then I was on my own.

Another short wait outside the 'King' and then it was on with the packs. Locked up the bike and found my way to my cabin with only one false start (went down to deck 6 - but on the starboard rather than the port side and there was no connecting corridor). I then donned my wind proof and went out on to deck to await departure.

1704 and there was a blast from the ships horn. The ropes were cast off and, slowly but inexorably, the massive ship swung out into the harbour. Over the next hour I watched the lights of Newcastle recede until they were just a thin orange strip, illuminating the darkened horizon.

The 'King of Scandanavia' was as you would expect for a short haul cruise ship - bars, restaurants, and a 2 screen cinema at the bottom. I wandered around for a bit, decided to have a spot of tea in the café as it was the only eaterie that wasn't horrifically expensive (and it still wasn't cheap although the weak pound may have something to do with that).

Decided to catch a movie as hanging out in bars isn't really my scene, the screens were showing on central european time (an hour ahead) even though the rest of the ship was on GMT, which caused some confusion but eventually went to see Bruce Willis in 'Surrogates', a weird but quite cool sci-fi which is worth a look if you have no better offers.

Came out of the film around 11, considered going for a drink but decided that there would be plenty of time for that, and without paying through the nose either. Read for a bit and turned out the light. Found myself restless, not surprising really but a better nights sleep would have been handy; ho-hum.
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