HeinBloed Blog 2018: 3 x Hamburg-Southampton or vv on QV, QM2 and NCL JADE

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The new blog on QUEEN VICTORIA starts at our traditional line which we will sail three times in 2018.

Hamburg, Germany - Southampton, England

One sailing on each: QUEEN VICTORIA, QUEEN MARY 2 and finally on NORWEGIAN JADE.

First due to my birthday on QUEEN VICTORIA. After the desaster due to my 50th birthday on BRITANNIA I did not want to spend any birthday again on a ship.

But a very great price which I could get in Switzerland, I changed my decision to spend another birthday on a ship.

First we went to Hamburg, Germany: Schedule change due to rail constructions sites and as consequence an over-crowded ICE High Speed Train...

but there was a lovely train manager who kept the whole train well entertained between Frankfurt, Germany and Hamburg. Just great. And a 1st-class-stewardess who made me a coffee sundae even they had no whipped cream onboard.

In Hamburg we had my pre-poned dinner.

More perfect a voyage could not start:

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First we need to go to the historical maritime traffic sign "Kugelbake" to Cuxhaven, Germany. Then heading for shipspotting.

An upgrade that makes you asking yourself: what might be better: an obstructed view or a cabin above the theater?

2008 then on the Tandem-Transatlantic with QUEEN ELIZABETH 2 and the first meeting of the three Queens in New York, NY - that was long time ago.

Something changed to very nice. But some still unchanged.

Meeting again Agata from the Front Desk. Making new friends liek Adam, Joaquim, Malnia, Shailendra and Rudy.

With the food onboard you feel perfectly well. Only I still hate the traditional dining sittings especially when I was allocated to the 1st sitting.

Apart of that it was the perfect start to a nice birthday weekend!

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Thanks for posting, I hope you enjoyed the trip as much as we did.
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It continues at day 2 of the voyage on QUEEN VICTORIA at my 52nd birthday.

A very nice day.

Many nice and great crew members who were taking care of me: Ivan, Dejan, Joaquim, Ramkrishna, Odis, Mark, Alex, Edu Cotaco, Justin, Crizaldo, Marcelo, Jaime, Jessie, Sadhki, Felix and Marie.

Especially it was nice to meet Sojan again whom we knew from our last voyage on QUEEN VICTORIA.

And one was singing all songs of the show when I asked for the lists of the song: James Brumby.

A perfect day.

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Good morning Heinbloed.

Good to see another blogger on the boards, especially on who's happy to post his personal photographs.

Well done.
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Diving below them.

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Arrival in Southampton, England. Unfortunately we had to get off the QUEEN VICTORIA.

One more time they pampered me with my favorite breakfast. Thanks to Demetrio, Remar, Rafal Florjanczyk and Aziz Inegmirs.

Tony of Clifford Cars got us as usually and took us to the Bus Station.

Bruno went to Heathrow to fly back home. His work was waiting.

I headed to London, England and tried to exchange the invalid 10 GBP-banknotes.

Furthermore I went on the Eurostar towards Brussels, Belgium

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The last part of the voyage took me back to Cuxhaven, Germany: Collecting Bruno's parents.

Originally I should go to Eemshaven, The Netherlands... but there was someone who ensured that NORWEGIAN BLISS sailed to Sweden but to prepare me a Cesar's Salad...

In Hagen, Germany Bruno's parents were brought together again with Hans-Hermann and Carmen while I was waiting again for a bag.

So the voyage comes here to the end until we see Sigi and Bruno's parents again on QUEEN MARY 2 to celebrate Bruno's 50th birthday.

Meanwhile I am back on the Princess-Blog from GRAND PRINCESS.

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