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#21
36 Posts
Joined Jun 2018
Well we finally made it to Dover yesterday, after a very very long flight. We are both feeling brain dead and exhausted, and its now about 3am....so jet lag is going to annoy me as usual. Will have tomorrow to try to recover from the travels, so hopefully will be in a bit better condition by Monday boarding time! We are staying at The Best Western Marina in Dover, and have a balcony, so yesterday were chatting to our neighbours, across the balcony. They are also joining Quest on Monday. They just arrived a few hours before us, so werent feeling very lively either! The drive from Heathrow to Dover yesterday took almost 3 hours! The traffic was horrendous. We were either crawling along, or doing 160kmh! I certainly wouldnt want to be flying in, doing that drive, then boarding all on the same day!
#23
Tucson,Arizona
4,715 Posts
Joined Jul 2003
Hope all of you number 1 Vikings have a great cruise. Please don’t drink all of the champagne before you get off and we embark in Reykjavik. Then again maybe you should drink up all of the NF and then SB will be forced to stock up with Bollinger or some other more tasty bubbles.


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#27
Derbyshire, UK
978 Posts
Joined Aug 2013
Sorry for the delayed posting. First day was a sea day and not much to report. Weather was quite nice. The speed in the English Channel was exceptionally slow and it felt like we could have accommodated a half day call somewhere.

The first port of call was meant to be Newlyn, near Penzance in Cornwall. However, the day before, I became aware that the schedule was now reading Falmouth, Cornwall. Discussions with the Guest Services Manager revealed that the port was changed 5 days previously on failure to obtain the necessary safety certificate. No communication was received via travel agents prior to boarding and no letter was left in guest suites. We found this disappointing, as, whilst the change of port was probably actually to guests’ benefit (Falmouth is a larger, more attractive town, with more immediate sightseeing possibilities), we had to rearrange, at very short notice, private sightseeing arrangements. Whilst the Guest Services Manager did say that passengers had been informed prior to boarding, we have yet to meet any.
#28
Derbyshire, UK
978 Posts
Joined Aug 2013
Our private tour in Cornwall was very good. It was a full day. The morning dawned overcast but during the day the sky cleared somewhat.

First stop was Portlethen, a tiny seaside place.

#29
Derbyshire, UK
978 Posts
Joined Aug 2013
Then we visited marazion for st michael’s mount, which is run by the National Trust of England. It is possible to walk across a causeway at low tide but he tide was in and we caught a regular boat for a quick transfer across.
#33
Derbyshire, UK
978 Posts
Joined Aug 2013
Then we went on to an area where the region’s historic tin mining past has been preserved; again by the national trust. Some of the mines have featured in Poldark, the popular Cornish drama.