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I will dock in Southampton on 1/10/2022 and plan to self navigate to London, either train or bus. Last time I used the Cunard transfer but it cost $75.  Now I have more confidence and will make my own plans.  I plan to have 2 full days )so 3 nights in London. I've been there before as a teenager (decades ago!) and just want to hit the highlights.  I then plan to take the Eurostar to Paris and stay at least 2 full days, probably 3 and hit the highlights there.  At this point not sure if I want to head south to Rome, in which case I would probably have a Eurail pass. Then up to Amsterdam (with a stopover somewhere in the middle) and after a few days there, Eurostar back to London where I will fly home.   Stlll planning and since I am a solo traveler will not be spending a lot of time having great dining experiences.  So many choices on where to go. I've even considered flying home from Rome.  or I might chicken out and just visit London and fly home. 

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For those curious, I am currently booked on an eastbound Transatlantic crossing leaving New York on Dec. 3 and arriving in Southampton on Dec. 10. At this time, I am optimistic that by the last quarter of this year we will see largely a return to some normalcy. If by late July my assumption about a return to normalcy seems truly questionable, I will forego making final payment and consider the lost deposit a cost of doing business in these difficult times.


My preliminary itinerary, driven by the time of year, is Bath, York, London, Bruges, and then Amsterdam with a Christmas Eve flight home. I will be visiting all of these places for the first time, except for London, which I have visited several times.

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Once all hotels in Southampton were fully booked so I spend a pre-cruise at Lyndhurst,  in the New Forest National Park. I stayed at a lovely authentic British heritage hotel for a couple of nights and enjoyed walks in the British countryside. Very relaxing and something very different.


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