Archive for June, 2007

Cherbourg France – Cruise Update

June 9th, 2007

The cruise is going really well and I am impressed with the Silversea cruise line. My only complaint would be that there are not very many young people aboard the ship, however this is something that I knew about prior to deciding to come on this ship. Other cruise lines have much more going on late at night compared to this ship – for example, last night around midnight there were only a few people in the bar other than myself. Anyway – we arrived in Cherbourg, France today and took a tour to Sainte-Mere-Eglise and also to Utah Landing Beach. I was very glad I went on the tour as we got to see many things that were very interesting to learn more about. I have uploaded a few more pictures to my facebook album “baltic cruise”. That is all for now – I am planning on seeing how the casino on the ship is tonight as it will open once we leave port.

SilverSea’s Silver Shadow Cruise Update

June 7th, 2007

European Baltic Cruise Update: Well, I had a decent flight from Birmingham to Cincinnati to London (Gatwick) even though I was only able to get around one hour of sleep at best.  Once we arrived in London and found our luggage on the carousel we saw a huge line to clear customs…then randomly a security worker asked if we were from the United States and we told him yes.  We were then permitted to bypass the huge line and take a “shortcut” directly out of the airport where we quickly found our driver holding our name on a sign.  It was really weird that we were able to bypass the huge line because almost everyone else that was on our flight from Cincinnati to London was waiting in the line…I guess we just got lucky.  Once we found our driver he helped us load all of our luggage in his van and then we had to decide what we wanted to do since we had a few hours to kill.  We ended up going to see Stonehenge which I did not find to be as great as most people make it out to be, but is still something that I was glad to see in person.  I will try to upload some pictures of it tomorrow.  While I do agree that it is amazing that they were setup thousands of years ago, they are still just a bunch of rocks setup in the middle of cow and sheep fields.  As we continued on we finally arrived to our cruise ship, the Silver Shadow.  So far my only complaint is that they did not have any food/drinks setup for us while we waited to board the ship, however now that we have boarded the ship everything has been very top notch.  Hopefully I will find time to write on my blog everyday I am on the cruise.  I have purchased 1000 minutes of internet use on the Silver Shadow for $250 ($0.25/minute) which is expensive but I’m sure I will use it up quickly and will want it.


Trip to Europe

June 5th, 2007

I am headed back to Europe tomorrow on vacation.  I will be taking a cruise starting from Southampton, UK and ending in Copenhagen, Denmark.  We will be making many stops along the way and hopefully I can update my blog with pictures every day or two.  I will be aboard the Silver Shadow cruise ship run by Silversea Cruises.  I will update reviews of the cruise while we are onboard the ship.