Saturday, 30 August 2014
30.08.2014 - 30.08.2014
After another excellent breakfast we returned to our room and packed our cases. The official 'check-in' time for the ship is 13:00 so there was no rush to leave. It was raining so we decided to just sit in the lounge and read our Kindle. We requested a taxi at 11:45 and five minutes later we were on our way.
The trip to the Cruise Ship Terminal was relatively short and to my surprise there were six cruise ships in port, three large ones at one pier and three smaller ships at the older terminal. Additionally there were terminals for domestic ferry services. Unfortunately the weather precluded any decent photos but we may rectify that in 11 days when we return to Copenhagen. The Royal certainly stands head and shoulder above the other two ships that were lined up behind her.
Check-in was most efficient and after a short delay at the security scan station we had our cruise cards and walked aboard. Some guests appeared to take longer to check-in and I asked why. Our lovely check-in lady explained that depending on the nationality some guests required upward of 5 visas, all of which had to be verified. We Australians didn't require any.
Despite the size of the ship the layout wasn't difficult to figure out. There was just so much more of it !! The Horizon Court Buffet, Deck 16 Aft, comprised a bewildering array of servery stations and it will take some time to work out what's available and where. We picked up a quick meal and had no trouble finding some seating. It was interesting to observe a party of eight trying to find a table big enough to accommodate them all. It just didn't happen, there were very few that big and all that I saw were occupied, so much easier travelling as a couple.
Went down to Deck 5 and explored the dining room, the Passenger Services desk and the Shore Excursions. All very busy given the many new passengers embarked today. Looked in on the Theatre on Deck 6 and 7, it is big but time will tell if it is big enough.
When we returned to our cabin the baggage was there so we spent some time unpacking. The cabin is the most spacious we've experienced and should be most comfortable.
Muster station drill at 17:00 was well conducted and we faced the climb up five decks back to Aloha deck 12. for no good reason we're both a bit weary and have decided that a quick meal from the buffet would suffice. While we were up there we watched the ship push off from the wharf and back out into the channel and head out to sea for the overnight journey to Oslo.
Looks like the WiFi from the cabin should work, fingers crossed.
No great images but there's one of the midship section of the ship at http://365project.org/tonydebont/365/2014-08-30
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony