The Independence of the Seas whist pregnant: Day 12-13 & Conclusion
Day 1-3: Southampton (Boarding, The Ship, Cabin #1700) Day 2-3: At Sea, At Sea – includes Chops Grill specialty restaurant Day 4-5: Gibraltar & Cartagena Day 6-7: Palma De Mallorca & Barcelona Day 8-9: Valencia & Malaga Day 10-11: Cadiz & Lisbon Day 12-14: Sea Days (including Giovanni’s) and Conclusion (You are Here)
Day Twelve & 13 – At SeaWell, our trip was almost over, as we had two sea days back to the UK. The Independence of the Seas is such a massive ship that a sea day is as adventurous as a port day. Between all the places to eat, swim, climb, ice skate, shows, movies, bars, golf, even surf – you’ll never be bored on board the ship! I didn’t keep a journal of the last two days as I was intending to write it up as soon as I got home. Between one thing and another, it ended up being a full year before I looked at my notes again to start writing this. It’s a little scary but also awe inspiring now looking back at my writing when I was pregnant, and then looking at my 6 month old son and realising how much my life has changed in between. During the last two sea days we played golf, Ben went on the flow rider and did the rock climbing wall:
We also ate at Giovanni’s, where the food was delicious, but we felt the service was poor and we thought our waitress was actually very condescending and rude:
We lost money in the casino, and we sorted out our photos, ending up with over 150 prints and a CD to get more! We ate lots of food, swam in the pools and lounged in the bars, ate endless icecream and drank frozen mocktails even as we cruised back into the grey skies and rain approaching Southampton. I would not worry about sea days on a ship this size – even if you have an entire family in tow. There is simply never time to be bored. I could have used a bit more time to relax, but there was always something to do! Disembarkation was extremely efficient, as we had asked for an early disembark. We hopped off the ship, grabbed our luggage and were on our way home by 9am. I was a little sad it was over, as I knew it’d be a few years before I got to cruise again, with a new family to look after.