Those who have been visiting here for a while may remember that I went along with the Tinker and his friend last time when the third friend dropped out at the last minute.
I saw Louis XIV poodle clouds on the flight out...
and had any pre-conceptions about cruise holidays well and truly re-shaped to the good as I wallowed in my state room and sat out on my balcony watching the flying fish leaping out of the Caribbean, whilst trying to imagine just how exactly the sea bed beneath could be six miles deep and forcing myself to eat a disgraceful amount of food which just kept appearing....it seemed ungrateful not to somehow.
The Tinker has (we always touch wood) been very fit and well since he had his pacemaker done last year so in the company of some lovely friends, and with no long-haul flights to Galveston to meet the ship this time, he should start the cruise feeling relaxed and ready for lifeboat practice as long as we get him on his way to Southampton on time.
At his request we are sending him off with a copy of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall for balcony reading as he's read so much about it here plus a full e reader and at my suggestion we've also bought him a travel journal to write in while he's away.
He'll be heading from Southampton to Madeira and thence to Antigua, Tortola, St Maarten, St Kitts and St Lucia so if you bump into him please say hello. Fearing that his grandchildren were having all the fun, and that all the excursions might be booked up, he has already reserved his helicopter flight over the volcano on Montserrat and the submarine trip around Antigua.