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Boarded the Emerald Princess

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Time dragged again this morning. Checked the room multiple times to make sure that nothing is left behind. Watched some TV and dragged our bags down to reception. Quick goodbyes to the regular staff, phone call for a taxi which arrived promptly and we were on our way to the dock.

There were porters everywhere ready to start our luggage on its way to our cabin. We were ushered to a short queue for check-in. Some confusion, we've been upgraded ?? Yes we know about that, we went from an Inside Cabin on Deck 5 to an Ocean-view Cabin also on Deck 5. No sir, there's been a further upgrade you are now on Deck 12. Sure hope that it is in fact an upgrade. There have been stories of people finding that their upgrade has not improved things at all. There are so many categories with variables like location, forward, midship or aft. Then there is proximity to the lifts and the deck level relative to the significant facilities. Anyway we are now in Aloha 325.

Next the dreaded 'Security Check' where I had to remove my belt, watch and shoes !! Even the airport was not that strict. Found our cabin, big surprise, for the first time in our many cruises we've been upgraded to a Veranda Stateroom. Quite an upgrade we paid for an Inside and wind up with a Veranda. The cabin is very nice and the layout is a bit awkward in terms of usable space. The balcony is of no practical use when there's rain and cold winds.

We reacquainted ourselves with the location and layout of the Horizon Court Buffet. Back at our cabin we were introduced to our cabin steward who will be with us until Fremantle. Looked out of our balcony again to observe the shipping entering and leaving the port. Time for the Passenger Emergency Drill. Our Muster Station is the Wheelhouse Bar on Deck 7. Afterwards I checked on the cabin where our luggage may have been delivered P207, but there is nothing there.

Returned to A325 and find two of our three cases outside the door. Started the 'once only' task of unpacking and finding where to stow what. Start working on establishing our connection to the Internet and their simplistic instructions don't appear to work for me. Put that aside and visit the Horizon Court for a simple evening meal. Battle with the 'connection' issues. Frustrated and off to the Internet Cafe where all is explained. The simplistic instructions were intended for people who use data over their mobile phone plan. Step one and two should have been ignored by me. Easy when it is explained.

Off to the Princess Theatre for the 'Welcome' show. Back up to A325 and find case three of three has arrived. There's a notice that we had failed to register at the Passenger Emergency Drill. It was addressed to the cabin rather then us by name so there is obviously something not quite right with our record. Down to the Customer Services and explain what I think has happened. Long discussion with a senior person and I'm told it is all rectified. We'll see how this glitch manifests itself further down the track.

Rather tired by now so didn't take long to drop off. Ship is rocking gently and it is good to be aboard again. Have written this the next day and will post later.

No real opportunity for photos so I've used one of Monday's images of Salisbury to fill the gap, view it by following this link to the image for Today

Wishing you good health and safe travel.

Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony

Posted by greynomadm 01:30 Archived in United Kingdom

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