SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND


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(England Map)


FRIDAY, AUGUST 15, 2008:

It was a short flight from Dublin to Southampton, England on Flybe Airlines.
I got to the Novotel Hotel in the center of the city around 6:00 P.M.


MY DAILY EMAIL SENT ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 15, 2008
Hello,

Didn't do a whole lot today except change locations. Spent the morning in Dublin and then headed to the airport and flew to Southampton, England. Southampton is the UK's largest seaport located on the English Channel. Tomorrow I will get on the ship for my 28 day cruise. So this is the last you will hear from me until the end of the cruise.

The attached picture is of the English Channel taken not far from my hotel.



More MUCH later,

Tim

All of the images below are thumbnails and can be clicked on for a larger image.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 16, 2008:

On Saturday I took a morning walk around the city before boarding the Sea Princess at noon.
Dockyards along the Test River Downtown Southampton, England Bargate


At 5:00 P.M. we sailed away from Southampton and my 28 day cruise began.
Civic Centre Park overlooking Civic Centre Southampton, England from Test River


SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND VIDEO
6 minute video of Southampton, England.
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SOUTHAMPTON SAIL AWAY VIDEO
11 minute video of my sail away on the Sea Princess from Southampton, England.
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MY DAILY EMAIL SENT ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 16, 2008
Hello Folks,

When last we talked I had arrived in Southampton, England early Friday evening. I stayed at the Novotel Hotel and I could see my cruise ship docked at the Mayflower Pier from my hotel window.

When I woke up Saturday I took a nice long walk around Southampton. It is a nice clean little city. I'm guessing about the size of Evansville. I continued my walk around town until about 11:00am and then got cleaned up and boarded my ship, the Sea Princess, at noon. Embarkation was effortless, I was in my stateroom within five minutes.

The Sea Princess is not quite as large of a ship as I'm used to from my previous cruises. But it is still a large and beautiful ship with around 2000 passengers. I am considerably out numbered by the Brits here. There are just over 100 Americans onboard and nearly 1900 Brits. At least I'm not the least tanned one on ship, they're all pale as a ghost. Hopefully that will change soon as we head for the sun of the Mediterranean. We set sail right on time at 5:00pm.

We're now heading out the English Channel around France. We have two days at sea before we get to our first port on Tuesday morning. Once we get past France we will sail around the Northwest coast of Spain and then Portugal. By then we will be near our first port and my next email.

The attached picture is the city of Southampton just after we set sail this afternoon.



Tim



MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 2008:

This was the first of two sea days as we sailed around France toward Spain.



TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2008:

This was the second of two sea days as we sailed off the coast of portugal toward Spain.

CAPTAIN'S WELCOME RECEPTION VIDEO
10 minute video of the Sea Princess and the Captain's Welcome Reception.
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