We just got back from a 9 day cruise up to the Norwegian Fjords which are spectacular! I had no internet access from the ship as there is no way I am spending €20 for an hour! I did write a blog post everyday at port so get ready for a few days of cruise fun and a few stories to leave you shaking your head in wonder.
(Actual Dates: June 8/9):
Interesting start to our cruise. The ship, the MSC Opera, was nearly 8 hours late getting to port due to very windy weather. Here is where she was supposed to be at published embarkation time:
MSC Cruise Safety Concerns:
We finally boarded about 7pm, went to open seating dinner and just after we ordered our dinner the mandatory safety drill was announced. I asked my waiter if I could still eat if I participated and I was told “Stay here, it’s not important.” (In the wake of the Costa Concordia sinking just a few months ago, this was a real shocker). Add that to the fact that they issued Sarah with a “childs” life jacket based on her age, even though it was clearly too small for her. (we made sure she had the proper life jacket). Does leave you with a bit of MSC safety concerns.
(Don’t worry, things picked up from there, and we did have a great cruise).
First Port: Haarlem, Netherlands
After a not too rocky crossing of the English Channel our first stop was the port of Ijmuiden in The Netherlands. Excursion options to Amsterdam were all canceled as we were quite late arriving here due to our very late start leaving Southampton. Our only option was the lovely town of Haarlem. Check it out:
Travel Counter: We are in the third month of our 250 day overseas adventure. We embarked on a nine day cruise aboard the MSC Opera on June 8 and visited Haarlem on June 9.
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