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In 1977 we hired our first narrowboat from Anglo Welsh at Market Harborough.From that moment our destiny was set. In 2006 we finally purchased our own brand new 57' narrowboat which we named 'Free Spirit'. Our aim is to travel the length and breadth of all the navigable rivers and canals of the UK. This will be our story as it unfolds.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Emirates cruise days 1,2 & 3

Sunday 4th

Set sail only 15 minutes late so ropes cast off by 17.15pm. After unpacking the sirens sounded for lifeboat drill. Found out our lifeboat was number 11.Wow it's the lifeboat directly under our balcony so great if we need to use it.

 Dinner was the usual 5 courses.  Had a table for six and table companion were Val and Bob, Dawn and Chris. Great fun to be with so should make for a good voyage.  We stuck to 3 courses instead of 5 after all we do need to pace ourselves. The show was very good and with an all inclusive package the wine and rum & coke flowed freely. Did the quiz and got 17 out of 20. Not good enough to win. Departed for bed about 1am not sure if the boat was rocking or me!!!!

Monday 5th.

After a  full English Breakfast it was time to attend the first of two lectures. First was all about our first port of call Malaga and second lecture all about Nelsons flag ship Victory. The good intentions of going to the gym went out the window because still slightly hungover from the night before. Instead we chilled, met another couple Julia and Ian, started on the wine after lunch then back to the room to catch up on our sleep. Such a hard life this cruising lark. Dinner was 6.15pm and entertainment started at 8.30pm Lovely lady flutist accompanied by the Balmoral Band. Excellent. More drink flowed once the show was finished and took part in the 11pm quiz. Needless to say we didn't win again!

Tuesday 6th

Ship was rocking and rolling quite badly last night, now in the North Atlantic and the Bay of Biscay which, I have been reliably informed, is always choppy. Woke several times to drawers flying open. Consequently slept late. Quite bizarrely sunrise wasn't till 9.15am so maybe our body clocks haven't adjusted to the clocks going forward. Every time we stepped out onto the balcony it was still dark! After a late breakfast we attended another lecture, this time on Malta, did the 11am quiz and then it was lunch. Starting to feel slightly bloated. Must remember to wear my tight fitting clothes first. Guarantee I wont be able to get into them at the end of the cruise. Still have another two days at sea before reaching Malaga. Another lecture this afternoon, Nelson from boy to adult, and then the GYM!!! Formal do tonight with the Captains cocktail party. Posh frock at the ready and Ian sporting one of his many dicky bow ties, dress suit and black shoes. All I might add purchased from a charity shop for a £10 note.

Photos today are of the ships interior. 

Observation Lounge bar area

Observation lounge


Main shopping area

Card room


The dining room. Table in the corner by the window is ours

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