Who would have thought – cruising virgins until a couple of weeks ago and now we are on our second cruise within the month. Steve spotted a good deal on the Cunard Line that was going from Venice to Athens via Croatia and the Greek Islands. We haven’t been to Croatia, Crete or Rhodes so we thought why not – another 7 days soaking up the Sun in the Aegean can’t be all bad.
The deal included flights from London so we made our way to Gatwick on the train. We caught the District Line in peak hour which was an interesting experience with two suitcases, two backpacks and a couple of items we have collected on our travels. Gatwick isn’t a bad airport actually and it was interesting looking at the myriad of destinations on the departures board.
We arrived into Venice and were transferred to the ship – Queen Elizabeth. The deal was for an inside cabin and we were a bit anxious to see what an inside cabin would be like – we were actually pleasantly surprised and wouldn’t hesitate to take an inside cabin again in the future if the opportunity arises.
The Cunard Line is a more traditional cruise line and given the amount of Zimmer frames, walking sticks and odd walking styles due to hip replacements I would say they cater for an older audience. The clientele also appear to be predominantly English. They also impose dress standards after 6pm – all the men have to wear a jacket and the women a dress or pant suit.
I quite enjoy hearing all the English accents and terms of phrase that they use – for some reason it amuses me. We had a safety drill on our first night which Steve made me go to – my theory, been to one safety drill, been to them all. Anyway we were sitting there surrounded by all these plummy pommy accents and I hear “oh f__k” – I turn to see this very elegant old lady tripping up the stairs.
Mum made a comment on one of my blogs about the Princess Cruise we did referring to it as a floating retirement village. That cruise had a mixture of ages but the comment is quite apt for this cruise – I had to laugh when we were sitting around the pool on our first day at sea at all the old men who had carked out and were snoring with their mouths wide open. Please note that Steve also carked out but managed to keep his mouth closed and did not add to the snoring symphony around me!
The ship is nice though, the food of a high standard and the sun is shining so please don’t think I am complaining – just making an observation re our fellow passengers : )
We set sail from Venice at 8pm on Friday night and spent Saturday at sea as we headed towards Korcula in Croatia.