Posted December 21st, 2007, 03:55 PM
Last edited by Aplmac; September 2nd, 2008 at 09:02 AM
Three mornings a week or thereabouts
I wake up around 6:15, down a quick glass of juice and am out the door
reaching the Bridgetown Port environs about 5-7 mins. later.
Camera in hand, I watch my various floating cathedrals
enter the Port
satisfying any 'cruise-urges' because of the sheer proximity of it all!
I'm not too excited just yet, hope you understand
but then it's only 12 days 18 hrs. 37 mins. and 14 secs
until I board just after Noon(before you lot?) on Jan.2nd.
- but who's counting the time?
Honestly doubt I'll suffer the same insomnia on the night of Jan.1st
that many UK cruisers do on the eve of the big event
and shall probably deliberately
do the early riser thing
and be down at the Port before 6:30 on the day of my cruise
- hopefully to catch My Ship
coming in, if only photographically.
By then, the cruise-urges will
be thumping my heart
and it'll be a very special thrill that morning,yes!
It's a real privilege I enjoy
to stand on the rocks at the corner of our Barbados Flour Mill complex
to watch and photograph these gigantic man-made vehicles slowly approach the island
as I fantasize about travelling on one or other of them, some day!
Just last week, as I watched Costa Atlantica
do her slow manoeuvre
backing into her berth, displaying the multi-starred flag of the EU
I thought to myself...Cor, I sure could do HER!
are psychological 'head strategies'
suggested to people in need of simple non-chemical cerebral occupation
and photographing cruise ships with regularity
is my coping mechanism.
Those of you who live near Southampton might try the same
but for those of you in the Midlands, you have my heartfelt sympathy.
Be brave my fellow OV traveller, it won't be long now.
See you on board.