Cruising through the Baltic Sea

After spending 3 nights with my cousin and his family in Romford we woke up at 9:30am and packed our suitcase. We were being picked up by our Vegas buddies at 11am and heading for Dover where our cruise boat awaits us! For Tim’s 30th birthday I bought him cruise tickets from London to Russia via the Baltic Sea. We would be travelling with Carnival Legend Cruise Line.

It was so nice to see Ivan and Jen again, have really missed these peeps. Saying goodbye to Adam, Shirely and Dakota, we squeezed our suitcase and backpack into the back of Ivan and Jen’s hire car and started our journey towards Dover.

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The trip took about 1.5 hours, we stopped once to fill up the petrol and to pick up some alcohol for the cruise.

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Once we arrived into Dover Ivan dropped us and our bags off at the terminal and returned the rental car. Tim, Jen and I waited inside the terminal until Ivan got back and then we all went upstairs and checked in.

The checking in process took no more than 10 minutes and before we knew it we were boarding our new home for the next 12 days 😀

We couldn’t believe how big the boat was, walking into the foyer our minds were blown with how much decor there was and how beautiful everything looked. The elevators were made of glass the bars were decorated in bronze and gold pattering and the staircases looked like they were floating.

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Our room was ready so we thought we would go check it out. Room 1206, we went for an interior room which meant we didn’t have a window, but was cheaper and we still had plenty of space. Ivan and Jen had a balcony room and said we could come use that anytime, which was really nice.

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After unpacking our bags we explored the boat and were stoked to find there was a mini golf course on the top floor! Three swimming pools, spas, basketball court and even a water slide. The next 12 days are going to be awesome!!

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Playing a quick round of mini golf we decided to go explore the rest of the boat before we had to listen to the safety briefing. The boat was so big, we saw the Foley Theater where all of the shows will be performed, Comedy Club and Dining Rooms.

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After the 10 minute safety briefing we all went to Ivan and Jen’s room, stood on the balcony and popped a bottle of bubbly as we sailed away from the white cliffs of Dover.

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We drank the bubbly and then relaxed for a couple hours before dinnertime, which started at 8:15pm.

We were originally seated at a different table to Ivan and Jen so we asked to switch and they happily moved us. Our table number is 220 and we are seated with Ivan, Jen and a nice couple from Edmonton Canada named Ron and Lisa.

The dinner menu was amazing, there were so many dishes to choose from. I decided on the salmon, Tim had the steak and we both had creme brulee for dessert.

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After dinner we all went to watch the cruise director John’s ‘Welcome Aboard’ show in the Foley theater. It was hilarious until the end of the show when I was pulled up onto stage along with 5 other people and had to express my love for Tim in front of everyone. I was nervous enough as it was and hated the fact that when we got back to our room the interview was on repeat on the cabin TV’s. We were throughout the cruise known as ‘The Honeymooner’s’. But hey we got a golden ship on a stick and bottle of champagne to celebrate, which was great!

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