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CruiseDJ's P&O Artimis Booze Cruise 21st October to 25th October

CruiseDJ

Deckhand
Artemis 21st October to 25th October

Travelling
As you may remember from my report on our “Arcadia” cruise of July 2005, we do not have too far to travel to Southampton from Kent, (approximately 102 Miles), So after a leisurely breakfast, refreshing shower and with all packing being carried out the day before, we set off via our normal route to Southampton. The weather was kind and we had an event free journey, Artemis was berthed at the Cunard berth for our outward journey because the Arcadia was at the Mayflower terminal getting ready to sail for her winter season in the Caribbean, Arcadia will not see UK now until 7th April 2006.

Checking in and boarding
Checking in and boarding went very smoothly and on time, this was only a booze cruise 4 day trip and therefore only one reasonable size case to unpack which did not take too long to do and then it was off to explore.

Ship
We had not been on Artemis before and can confirm Pobore’s (Keith’s) views, we found it to be a very easy ship to find our way around and it certainly was up to P&O normal standard. The cabin we had chosen (P114 two berth outside) was certainly large enough and with all the necessary facilities. The choice of menu and food was excellent as usual and I found nothing to complain about in this respect. We were sat on a table for 8 and our table companions were great fun, unfortunately our table was in an area of the dinning room which seem to suffer from quite a bit of vibration. However, this did not spoil our dinner and the laugh’s we had when the wine jumped about in the glasses.

Staff
Service was sometimes a little slow, but this was of no concern to us, after all we were on holiday and in no rush to go anywhere. All of the staff both in the restaurant and bars and indeed around the ship were very polite and friendly.

Ports
Amsterdam – Unfortunately due to some bad weather we were delayed just outside Ijmuiden awaiting the pilot to board, therefore we arrived alongside in Amsterdam at 1700 instead of 1400. Also because of work being carried out on the cruise terminal we were berthed at the Ceres Container Terminal about 30 Minutes from Amsterdam. (which is why we did not show up on the Cruise Terminal WebCam). Fortunately P&O had made provision for shuttle busses. This was an overnight port and together with our table companions had a lovely meal ashore and came back to the ship around 0030. The following morning Sandy and I went ashore again for some site seeing and so that she could flash the plastic. At 1700 we were back onboard and the Artemis sailed for Zeebrugge .
Zeebrugge – We arrived on time here and we had arranged to make our own way into Brugge. (P&O were charging for a tour Coach to Brugge and then doing your own thing for £24 per person). We took the free shuttle bus in to Blankenburg (12 Minutes) and got the train to Brugge (10 Minutes) the train fare was 9.20 Euro (£6.20)for two persons. We took a canal boat ride which was brilliant then had good look around, we then went back to Blankenburg and spent the rest of the afternoon there with a very good meal.

Weather
The weather was unfortunately very rainy all weekend, but then we did not let that spoil what overall was a very good mini cruise. The English Channel was very rough on the way back to Southampton and the Artemis bounced around quite a lot and some things in the toilet came off the shelves and smashed on the bathroom floor.

Arrival back
Our arrival back at the Mayflower terminal in UK was on time and disembarkation was very smooth with an uneventful journey back home

Overall value
The whole cruise was very enjoyable, the ship was marvellous and we are looking forward to July 18th 2006 when we are booked on the Artemis again for our next cruise. :clap: :clap:

Photographs: http://djohns3.photosite.com/Artimis/
 

Liz

Deckhand
Artemis looks great, Dave. Fun to see her insides after seeing her so often in the Baltic. Canals in Brugge look so pretty and peaceful
 

joespit

Deckhand
Dave. Great report. The ship is beautiful and the two of you look happy and relaxed, regardless of the weather. Thanks for the pictures.:clap: ;)
 

NJVIC

Deckhand
Nice report Dave -

- like the way you set it up. Pictures were great too. Looks like you enjoyed yourselves. You noted that you booked it again - will it be the same ports?

Vic.
 

pobore1

Deckhand
Dave and Sandy,I knew you would enjoy her,just the right size is it not.
The vibration was the same for us in the dining room,we were up alongside the window midships.I found out that the vibration is caused by the stabilizers operating.Still did not spoil anything for us.Nice to see the"old girl"again.
You should have had a wander round Blankenburg!!
 

CruiseDJ

Deckhand
Glad you liked the report.

Vic - The July trip on Artemis is Palma, Barcelona, Toulon, St Tropez, Santa Margherita, Elba, Livorno, Civitavecchia, Calvi and Gibraltar, We chose this one mainly for the ports and we have not been to Rome before so we will probably do an organised Tour for Rome, (although I realise that the trips are not long enough to see what Rome has to offer, but it will give us a brief view).

Keith - As you say Artemis is just the right size, We had a little wander around blankenburg, but having spent the morning in Bruges we only had a couple of hours left before getting back to the ship, But next time we will.
 

pobore1

Deckhand
You will love Rome,we did the full day tour escorted in the morning and please yourself afterwards(a nice meal and a bottle of something:green: luxury).
Pisa is a place I would not visit again,as there is practically nothing there.
 
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