Well, the time has arrived at last, and we are off on the criuise in a few minutes time.
The crowds have assembled to wave us goodbye, and the television cameras are there to capture the moment on film.
They wanted to interview the captain, but he seemed inexplicably busy checking out the State cabin. However, he has managed to get the map the right way round now, so we should be OK for Madeira tomorrow.
Get ready for an incredible journey, offering unique world-class entertainment, devoted personal attention, sumptuous cuisine, and time to relax and unwind.
OFF WE GO :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!: :!:
Goodbye Southampton :!: :!: Hello FUN :!: :!: