But that aside I had a great time and the last ten days were the most relaxing I have had in a long time. Cruising the Norwegian Coastline and visiting awesome places in Norway (such as Bergen, Trondheim, Alesund) was a wonderful experience and I only wish Mr P would have shared this experience with me. Alas, he is not one for cruising so I took my Mum and we had a fabulous time together.
I took way over 500 pictures but don't fret - I won't bore you with all of them. Just a few here and there over the next couple of days should do, right?
So, let's start with the Sailaway from Hamburg - I always wanted to experience the show that my birthplace puts on for Queen Mary 2 and all I can say is WOW. The harbour was full of sparkly lights everywhere and little boats accompanied Queen Mary 2 along her journey on the Elbe with a magnificent firework display to finish the evening off. It was difficult to get some good shots as all the open deck areas were packed with people - so here are two that came out best:
** click on any of the pictures to enlarge their view **
The first two days were spent at sea and I spent most time showing Mum around the vessel.
Whilst her favourite place turned out the be in the smokers area on Deck 8, she could not resist a shot in front of that famous red funnel - and of course I got in on the fun too :)
During the first two days I started taking pictures of my feet including the surrounding areas (i.e. "my feet and the North Sea" or "my feet and the Skagarak"). Why did I do that? No idea, it just seemed like a good idea at the time, so you will have to just sit through it :)))
Ready for the first lot? Meet my feet cruising through the North Sea and Skagarak: