We've been invited to hang out with Riley in Alabama to await the birth of her younger brother around Thanksgiving. We can't turn that down so we traded our November Oceania Transatlantic cruise for another cruise at a more convenient time.
We don't leave for a couple of weeks so we're just starting to think about the details of our first cruise on Royal Caribbean, a Transatlantic crossing on the Jewel of The Seas.
August 29 at 8:25 a.m. we fly SEA-ORD on UA #958, connecting to ORD-LHR UA #928, arriving at 8:25 a.m. August 30. From there we'll make our way to Harwich, in time to set sail September 2 at 5:00 p.m.
Ports along the way include Le Havre (Paris) and Cherbourg France, Cork Ireland and Belfast Northern Island, Reykjavik Iceland, and our destination port, Boston Massachusetts early September 14.
We've already seen the Jewel in the distance, most recently on our recent Baltic cruise, and we're surprised that a ship featuring its own rock-climbing wall holds "only" 2500 passengers. We'll be sure to carry a map with us for the first few days.
Since we managed to find our way around the magnificent Queen Mary II a few years ago we're not too worried. Besides, on a cruise ship you may get lost but you'll never starve.