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3rd June

Had to get up at 7am to make sure we were in a taxi to get us to the airport for a check in. I thought this plane was leaving in the afternoon. Had coffee at the airport, got beeped and fully searched – happens every time!

Uneventful flight. Sat by Laura. I had a window seat. Usual chaos at Gatwick. Went to Burger King and had a kids meal. Lots of news about labour Govt in trouble with expenses claims etc. Probably come home to a new government.

Got checked in at Sofitel really early. Bliss. Sofitel have got the best beds in the world! They use a system called SoBed and it is absolutely heavenly! I have never ever slept in such comfort. (You can buy the mattresses, pillows etc online I believe) Laura loved her comfy bed. Of course we have stayed there before so we knew the level of loveliness to expect, and we were not disappointed. We had lots of fun watching all the rabbits running around from our window. It is only fair to say however, room service in Sofitel is somewhat expensive!!, so as usual at Gatwick we went to the Globe pub for tea. I had Caesar salad, Paul had fish and chips, Laura had a chicken Panini. Played in the amusement arcade (air hockey – how predictable are we) then we went back to our room to watch tv and have an early night. Watched Springwatch and Dragons Den, early baths and were all fast asleep by 11pm. Up again at 7am. Too early for me!!!

4th June

Typically we all stood in the wrong queue for check in. Luckily Laura heard we were being moved to a different one so we got in quickly without having to wait in the wrong one too long. Got rid of our bags and went into departures. Laura got herself some ”signature” scent for the holiday. She got a perfume lesson too – spray at a bit of a distance and don’t rub your wrists together – it crushes the perfume apparently?!

Got on the plane easily and all got to sit together. We were flying with Thomas Cook.

Film on the plane was Marley and Me. The book is a lot better than the film! Had a nice meal. Unfortunately the toilet at the front of the plane was out of service, so everyone was coming up the back, causing great big queues and really annoying the cabin crew. You would think that they thought people were wanting the toilet purely to get in their way by the way they were talking to the passengers. My thoughts were if they were not so busy trying to sell duty free people would not be “in the way” Luckily I did not need the toilet for once!

All off the plane and onto a coach. Sat next to a lady called Iris who told me the toilet was locked because of a suspicious package (scary stuff) – but that was what she “heard”, it might not have been the truth! I later found out it was because someone had vomited and no-one wanted to clean it. Wonderful cabin crew again!

Get to the port. Through security, had our photos took etc. Then onto the boat. Excellent! Much bigger and nicer than I expected. First thing we saw was Village Square and we were given brochures about Bistro and La Luna (the pay restaurants!)

Spent some time in room and sorting out paperwork. Then went down to the “Plantation” for dinner. YUM YUM I had side salad, soup, Asian calamari in ginger sauce and a pudding.

That evening in the Village Square there was an acrobat show. One guy was dressed as a bird with loads of wings, there was a juggler and acrobat girls etc. Very busy place. We had to sit on chairs that were meant for people using the computers, but we had a good view of the show. Went back to our room to sit on the balcony and watch the boat leave. Bye Crete, see ya next week.

Had a crap night’s sleep, thanks to an incredibly loud A/C system, and the fact that poor Laura was coughing her guts up all night despite having medicine. Went out on the balcony at 4am expecting to be out on the middle of the sea but we were only about 20 miles from port. Could still see all the lights of Crete!

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