Boarded the ship today and soon we'll begin sailing across the Atlantic to the USA!...

Our cabin, nice and tidy before our luggage arrives.
Fascinating Fact of the Day About Southampton, England:From this site:
"Archaeological finds suggest that the area has been inhabited since the stone age.[15] Following the Roman invasion of Britain in AD 43 and the conquering of the local Britons in AD 70, the fortress settlement of Clausentum was established. It was an important trading port and defensive outpost of Winchester, at the site of modern Bitterne Manor. Clausentum was defended by a wall and two ditches and is thought to have contained a bathhouse. Clausentum was not abandoned until around 410. The Anglo-Saxons formed a new, larger, settlement across the Itchen centred on what is now the St Mary's area of the city. The settlement was known as Hamwic, which evolved into Hamtun and then Hampton. Archaeological excavations of this site have uncovered one of the best collections of Saxon artifacts in Europe. It is from this town that the county of Hampshire gets its name. Viking raids from 840 onwards contributed to the decline of Hamwic in the 9th century, and by the 10th century a fortified settlement, which became medieval Southampton, had been established."
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After a light breakfast in the hotel's dining room, we returned to our room to close the bags and be ready to head out the door.  We ordered a taxi to take us to the cruise terminal at 10:45 am which is a little early but we've gone to the terminal this early in the past and it's always worked out.
Alternate view of our balcony cabin.  We're always fine with the small space since we only sleep here.
This is our first-time sailing from Southampton and we had no idea what to expect. As I write this from our hotel room we're hoping the Wi-Fi on the ship will be active at the time of boarding enabling us to complete today's post including a few photos of the ship, Celebrity Silhouette.

With approximately 2900 passengers booked for this cruise. check-in may be slow but nothing compared to the bigger ships with several thousand more passengers. We have avoided those huge ships.  

However, with our Elite(priority) status, we are able to get into a faster-moving queue which speeds up the process considerably.  The porters take all of our bags away at check-in, leaving us to carry only a computer bag which we don't want out of our sight and the blue cloth bag containing a camera and a few other essentials.
Another cloudy rainy day in Southampton harbour.
After boarding, most often, we head to the cafeteria or Cafe al Bacio for beverages. This is when the socializing begins. Aboard ship, we don't dine as early as we usually do when preparing our own meals.  We strive to be seated at a shared table by 7:30 or 8:00 pm, depending on how much fun we're having elsewhere.

Generally, we won't receive our luggage to our cabin until close to dinner or thereafter.  Thus, we're wearing clothing suitable for tonight's dinner in the main dining room, not dressy but less casual than we might wear on any day. 

The muster drill transpires today at 3:15 pm when emergency instructions are delivered by ship staff.  Each cabin has its own designated muster drill area which may be outside on the deck, in a restaurant or at the theatre.
Lounge area on the same level as our cabin.  It's unlikely we'll ever sit here.
Once the muster drill is over which usually requires about 40 minutes we are free for the remainder of the evening when the fun picks up where we left off, mid-day.

The check-in process was seamless with no hitches whatsoever. Within minutes of arriving at the cruise terminal, our bags were whisked away, we check-in for the cruise and boarded the ship.

Tom went to the internet cafe and set up both of our accounts and now with a good signal, we were able to finish today's post.  Thanks for your patience in the late posting.

We'll be back each day with more photos and updates on the cruise and the ports of call we visit.

Back at you soon.  Have a fantastic weekend!
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Photo from one year ago today, October 24, 2018:
Last night's full moon over Marloth Park.  For more photos, please click here.

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