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Jun 13, 2014 - Au Revoir to Homer

Today was the big day when we said au revoir to Homer. We found our way to Europcar (SO15 1HJ) in Southampton and picked up a Fiat 500L rental for the next 5 days. Quite a comedown for David to drive after Homer! We packed our luggage plus a few bits and pieces from our pantry to give away, into the hire car and then drove Homer to the Wallenius Wilhemsen Terminal at Berth 35 on the Southampton Dock. Handover went very smoothly and we walked back the 2kms along the waterfront to where we’d parked the car. We then drove to Burnham-on-Sea...

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Jun 12, 2014 - Sunnydale Farm at Netley Abbey

We left Southland Campground on Monday giving us plenty of time to make the 2pm Ferry from Yarmouth and drove around the South Coast of the island, stopping for a walk and a paddle at Brook Bay. It was a lovely day with nice views on the way. We arrived early at the dock and were put on an earlier ferry so we made it in good time to Sunnydale Farm Campground in Netley Abbey, stopping just before the campground at the Tesco Superstore for a few last minute fresh supplies. We have stayed at this site before, early in our trip. There are good...

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Sep 20, 2013 - Week 1 England

The coach went into the workshop at Alton for its annual MOT, engine service, toilet rebuild and a few other odd items. The coach passed its MOT without any problems. We stopped at Tony's sister's while the coach was in Alton and on the Wednesday enjoyed a great walk in the South Downs.

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Jun 16, 2013 - Southampton Sunday

We are back at the dock in Southampton this morning. The 2 day preview cruise is over and this evening the ship will sail on its official inaugural voyage. It’s Sunday, so after we obtained our new cruise cards for the next voyage and our “Passenger in Transit” cards, we left the ship with the Walshs for Church. Peter found a Mass nearby on the internet so we grabbed a cab and set out for St. Edmunds. It was a smaller church but VERY old and beautiful inside. We had a special treat as it was a First Communion Mass and we enjoyed seeing all...

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Jun 14, 2013 - All Aboard the Royal Princess III

We headed to the pier early today. The terminal still has all the beautiful flower arrangments from the official nameing cermony yesterday. The ship was cristened by Godmother Kate, Dutchess of Cambridge. It was quite a celebration with a full grandstand pier side. A bit of Trivia, Princess Diana was the Godmother of Royal Princess I. We boarded the ship and our luggage arrived almost the same time we reached the room. We set off to the Horizon COurt for lunch, and to explore the new ship with its entirely new floor plan. Everything is...

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Jun 13, 2013 - Southampton, England

Just want to let everyone know that the new Royal Princess is absolutely beautiful. John even commented that he thinks its the most beautifully decorated ship hes been on. However, the internet service leaves a bit to be desired, so when available we we try and catch up with the entries at an onshore wi-fi. That being said... Waking up in my pod this morning I was surprised to see that almost everyone else was up and had eaten breakfast. We had a little over an hour until landing at Heathrow. Sleeping with headphones on really pays off....

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Feb 28, 2013 - Winchester Hill

Between days out we had spent our time getting our heads around the German campgrounds and deciding our route. We discovered for motorhomes in Germany there were specific types of campground/stopovers called Reisemobil- Stellplatze. We had managed to get a directory (in German) listing 5,800 of these stellplatze. With so many it took some time to digest and understand. We also met up with Kevin and Linda several times and also stopped with them for a few days whilst the new cooling unit was fitted to the fridge. One afternoon we all walked...

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Nov 16, 2012 - Southampton

This morning we caught the bus at the stop just along the road into Southampton, and Sue revisited some of the places she remembers from living here in 1976/77. We walked a few miles today – to The Bargate, The Mayflower Theatre which used to be The Gaumont, where Sue worked as an usherette for movie and live shows. We were given permission to go inside and look around. Then to find 34 Waterloo Road where she lived in Flat 6, then back around the old city walls (her usual walk to work) to 69 Oxford Street, which was then the offices of...

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Nov 15, 2012 - Beaulieu, Southampton

We said goodbye to Andrew on Tuesday night, and Elaine on Wednesday morning and headed for Southampton. We are staying at a smallish campsite, Sunnydale Farm at Netley Abbey (SO31 8GD). That afternoon was a lovely sunny one so we walked to the nearby Post Office and then back through the Royal Victoria Country Park. This morning we were up early and drove Homer to Beaulieu in the New Forest. This is the home of the famous National Motor Museum started by the current Lord Montagu’s father, with a fabulous collection of vehicles telling the...

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Oct 20, 2012 - Heading home tomorrow!

With all the problems we've been having on this ship in regards to updating this blog and trying to get photos entered I am sending out this brief notice to let you all know that we take a bus from Port Authority in NYC to my hometown of Bath, NY, tomorrow. Once there we shall have a week to get photos put into the days where there are none now. We are both feeling fine now and so looking forward to getting back to the beautiful Finger Lakes and to our dear friends and some family. Hugs, Carol and Ivan

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Oct 19, 2012 - Free at last!

Once again Ivan had another occurrence of diarrhea so he called the nurse to ask what else can be done. He was told to see the Dr. which proved to be a good idea. The Dr. determined Ivan no longer had the virus but needs probiotic foods in his diet (just what Ivan had concluded). Happily we set off to the buffet for late breakfast where I handled the serving utensils instead of Ivan. It was great to be able to roam the ship,eat better food and enjoy the pianist in one of the lounges at noon.Our quarantine experience has given the term...

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Oct 18, 2012 - Making progress

Another day in isolation. We played Cribbage to break the routine of TV and reading. The Capt. announced he has changed course by heading 70 miles north to allow 200 miles distance from Hurricane Raphael. He thought we might experience stronger winds and higher swells but nothing to worry about. Turns out he was correct. We really didn't feel much difference in the ship's movement. This ship really is built for ocean travel. The nurse called to say my isolation is over and maybe Ivan will be 'free' tomorrow morning, dependent upon how he...

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