Day 1 orienteering !!

So finally the day had arrived, for what seemed like an eternity of waiting we were on our way, from getting up at 6, getting washed and ready by half 6 then waiting for he taxi to come get us at 9 everything had led up to this point. The taxi ride to east cowes was interesting as we were keeping an eye on the meter going up and up until it finally stopped at £25.50!!!! Thankfully the driver let us of 50p so we tipped him a fiver, ( generous ain’t I). We managed to catch the earlier ferry and got ourselves the holiday tradition of a large hot chocolate. Part of the reason I got the car ferry was so that I could get some photos of our ship as we docked and I wasn’t disappointed, I’d seen it go last before from cowes and east cowes but this time seeing it closer up you could appreciate just how huge It was. So eventually we exited the car ferry and we could see that the ship wasn’t far away so we decided to walk to the terminal.

HOLIDAY BEGINS!!!!!

One of the things that people have told me about cruising is the hospitality onboard, well as soon as we entered the terminal it began, one of the baggage handlers spotted us struggling with two huge suitcases and a holdall and came over straight away asked us If we were travelling on the adventure then took our bags from us and directed us where to go. Once inside the terminal the staff was exceptional, because I had pre checked in online we could go straight through where we had passport control, checked my debit card and x rayed us and within 30 minutes of getting off the car ferry we were onboard!!! No mucking about, no delays just checked in and go
Once we stepped aboard we were simply in awe of the ship, inside its amazing the decks all have something on them from ice skating rink to a cinema to a casino to the swimming pools etc. the thing that struck me first was the staircases and Debbie was loving the glass elevators. Deck five is the royal promenade and WOW that is outstanding. Shops and bars adorn either side and the is something for everybody, we found he English themed pub the duck and dog ordered a drink and just sat in admiration. After a short drink stop we went exploring the upper decks to get our bearings, the pools and jacuzzi’s area looks great and although it was quite windy that soon died down.
Eventually we decided to find the windjammer for lunch. The windjammer is a self service buffet style and naturally I helped myself and ate til I was full!! Plenty of food that caters for everybody ( obviously I had chips)!!! The food and drinks are good size portions, after lunch we headed back down to the royal promenade where I found the Ben and Jerry’s shop after Debbie twisted my arm I had a large waffle cone which I just about managed to eat. By two our room was ready so we headed off to find it cabin 7579, before we went I preordered the grand romance package which consisted of decorations for he room, bottle of champagne, bath robes, bouquet of flowers and cupcakes and all these were ready for us in the room. It was much better than I expected the bed was lovely and although I’m not a shower person that was nice too. We had a view over the royal promenade as well which was nice. Before we knew it it was time for the compulsory meeting where all guests had to go to the muster station for the showing of how to do you life jackets up and where to go and women and children first ( I don’ t think so). Then it was time for the ship to depart, I was hoping for the foghorn to blast as we left but no so with camera at the ready it was time to start snapping, it took us a good 45 minutes to pass cowes and I got the photos that I was looking for, it was however very blustery on deck and we lasted as long as passing ryde and Portsmouth and getting a quick snap of sandown pier before it got the better of us and we headed in to get ready for dinner. You may notice a lot of reference to food already !!!.
Dinner time arrived and we headed of to he Mozart dining room to get seated, thankfully we got a table for two and we were met by our waiter and his assistant. The menu is quite posh and I was worried that I would find anything but then right at the bottom the old reliable steak turned up so I had that. Very nice it was too. After dinner we set of to find the entertainment and found a lovely little bar called blue moon where a duo were performing an acoustic set and that was enjoyable.by this time it was 11:00 and after a tiring day we headed to bed.

My first impressions so far are that this holiday is going to blow my mind. Everything so far has been perfect much better than I had imagined, the staff are friendly the people onboard all seem normal and I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.

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funny month of may

May has been a strange month for me really, my stammer hasn’t been great but my asthma is much improved and under relative control. I’ve been counting down the days until our cruise (20 days left) but my get up and go must have got up and gone!!!. I am already on holiday mode i think, i keep resisting the urge to pack. Well to be fair Debbie keeps saying it’s too soon!!!. I’ve got everything i need i think and just really can’t wait now. However this lack of energy this month means that i have neglected my photos. It used to be every time we walked Charlie the camera would come with me but i just haven’t felt the urge to take photos this month. I’m also slightly worried that i’d break the camera as i can be quite clumsy 

 

have taken a few photos though over the past few days so i’ve included the best of the month!! It’s a new section of my blog but i think it might catch on!!. At the start of the month we went and saw our cruise ship ADVENTURE OF THE SEAS sail past Cowes and the island which was really good to see (made me too excited though) and also we went to one of my favourite spots on the island Steephill Cove in Ventnor. It is such a beautiful place so peaceful down there and perfect for a cup of hot chocolate and cake (me love the cake). I’ve also been down the bird hut where i finally managed to get the woodpecker!! simple things please simple minds 

 Enjoy the photos as always your feedback always welcomed 

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confession time

This week as mentioned in previous blogs has been a strange one, the cold weather hasn’t helped my asthma one bit which in turn has affected my stammer, i have been complacent and it has annoyed me even more than usual as i now know that i am doing it and doing nothing to conquer it. Saturday was slightly better for me although i did come home and go to sleep for a couple of hours after work something that i very rarely do but i had a headache most of the day and was feeling a bit poorly (man flu alert)!!.

My concerns about not being able to do the cruise proved unfounded as i have reached my target goal and we are now virtually good to go, i need to get a few bits and pieces for myself and Debbie and then boom!! we there (81 days and counting). So looking forward to doing this you wouldn’t believe, i just want it to be perfect as it is for our 10th wedding anniversary. Been planning most things but it;s hard to stick to one thing before i find something else, Debbie says we should just play it by ear and go with the flow, something i find really hard to do. I’m such an anorak sometimes i love being in control of what we are doing etc etc.  We’ve got excursions booked for St Petersburg and Bruges and i’ve planned a trip to the Ice Bar and the statue gardens in Oslo but Copenhagen, Talinn and Helsinki is just gonna be blindly finding things to do!! Should be interesting. I think because it’s our first cruise i am apprehensive of what to expect, i’m probably taking too much money but i’d rather be sat on the boat thinking we could do this and that then having to work out what we can or can’t do. If anyone has been on the royal caribbean adventurer of the seas cruise liner i’d love to hear from you. As Debbie will testify i can be a little anal in that i NEED to know details in advance, i hate surprises and i’m not the most spontaneous of guys.

Now for my confession time!! i was due to go to the asthma clinic for the first time to have a chat with them and let them know how my inhaler has been and all that, Debbie wrote in the diary the date Wednesday 20th 16:45 and i even checked it when she asked me earlier in the week, however something in my brain told me it was actually Thursday the 21st at 16:45, so i missed it d’oh!!. Luckily Debbie explained to the doctors that i was an idiot and the secretary and her even agreed that men were stupid and now i’m booked in for the 12th of April at 11:30 ( if someone on here could remind me nearer the time i would appreciate it).

So my goals for this week are to stop being complacent and go back to how well i was doing before, and also to stop being a goldfish!!!