I don't know where to start, so I'll start when I woke up this morning in the Travelodge. We'd driven down last night to save the stress of having to get from North Yorkshire to London by 10.45ish in the morning. So we'd stopped in the Travelodge about 12 miles from the port, had a bit of a lie in and a leisurely breakfast and we easily arrived at Tilbury on time.
I've never been on the Magellan before and was expecting to be completely anonymous, but as I was waiting for Peter to come back from parking the car, I was hailed by Rebecca, someone I knew from the Shorex team on the Marco Polo. And then it turned out that everyone knew Peter, and we were whisked through the boarding process and down to our cabin in double quick time. The perks of being married to a celebrity.
And what a cabin - they've given us a lounge! Actually, it is the space for two extra beds, so there's a sofa and a pullman, but since there are only two of us, we can use it as a second room. So much space - it's pure luxury! Thank you CMV. I wonder why this cabin isn't given out to passengers though, it really is quite luxurious?
|One of the two restaurants, I can't remember if this is the Waldorf or the Kensington.|
|The Captains Club|
|The Magellan Show Lounge|
|The spacious main staircase and hall|
|We've nicknamed this rear deck "The Garden"|
So all in all a good day. I feel relaxed and excited and ready for Amsterdam tomorrow, but before I finish I have to mention one chap.
We met him as we were exploring the ship, outside the Sinatra Lounge, (which looks really nice). With very of much a middle class voice, Mr Brexit, as I shall call him, announced very loudly that he couldn't find anyone that spoke English. Narrow minded and rascist thought I. I like that the the crew is made up of a mixture of nationalities, Ukranian and Indian being predominant, but they all speak English well enough, and I think it makes for a multicultural experience, especially as we seem to have so many Dutch and Asian passengers on board.
|Tara to a rather gray and miserable looking London|
|Rainbows ahead. Beautiful. Hopefully it's an indication of a few wonders ahead.|