With a little bit of luck our trip from the Hilton Canary Wharf out to the port of Harwich and the Jewel of The Seas went flawlessly.
We trundled our rollaboards over to the Tube and two transfers later found ourselves at Liverpool Station. We navigated the automated ticket machine with a little help from a kind local waiting behind us in line and found ourselves on 12:00 noon "Jewel of The Seas" train that dropped us off a short walk away from the ship.
Again, carrying rollaboards only allowed us to the front of the line while most other folks were getting tags for their suitcases, and by 2:00 p.m. or so we were completely unpacked.
We ventured back down to Deck 4 where we'd embarked, and immediately exchanged amazed stares with two old teaching colleagues from our years in Hope. We hadn't seen Vic and Stephanie Fast in quite some years, and we'll be sure to get together for lunch or drinks as soon as they've recovered from their long flight.
It can indeed be a small world.