Woke up early, as per usual, but didn't bother to get up and continue documenting the ship. Just lay there not sleeping. Yay.

At 7:30 (when the laundrette "opens") I went to see about putting on some washing, but of course all the machines were in use already weren't they?

Blogged, breakfast.

Sunrise from our balcony
Sunrise from our balcony

Sunrise from our balcony
Sunrise from our balcony

Did a bit of the new jigsaw (of Polperro).

At 10:00 was Seth Gopin's last talk on skyscrapers - The Chic New York Skyscrapers of Today: Green and Lean.

Did the jigsaw some more.

At 12:15 was a talk by a journalist Bryher Scudamore about con artists and scams, which was ok but nothing really new.

Found the sweetie and had some lunch.

At 14:00 was Bill Miller's last talk - Gateway to the World: The Great Port of New York. The silly thing is a lot of it mirrored Seth Gopin's talks on New York skyscrapers hehe.

<<Jetlag-induced ranty paragraph about people snipped>>

Sigh.

At 16:30 we watched Ready Player One, which was a bit of fun. I got plenty of the pop culture references, but I'm sure there was heaps I didn't. Be fun to read the IMDB entry for its references. Some of them are there for only fractions of seconds (eg a gremlin!).

The sweetie didn't want to go to fancy dinner, so we ended up going to the pub for beer and trivia and had a light dinner in Kings Court.

Stu in the Golden Lion Pub
Stu in the Golden Lion Pub

Urgh. 2:20 wakeup originally, but had broken sleep til about 4:40 then it was all over.

The external battery must have run out during the night, because the GPS was dead as well. Plugged it into the laptop and charged the external battery.

As per routine, got ready early and wandered the ship documenting. Did a bunch of stuff on deck 2 including the theatres.

Golden Lion Pub threshold
Golden Lion Pub threshold

North America mural by Gonzales and Harms, United Kingdom
North America mural by Gonzales and Harms, United Kingdom

Can you see the hidden Homer?
Can you see the hidden Homer?

What about now?
What about now?

Wind in the Willows characters in the Grand Lobby
Wind in the Willows characters in the Grand Lobby

Empire Casino
Empire Casino

Empire Casino
Empire Casino

Purser's Office in the Grand Lobby
Purser's Office in the Grand Lobby

Christmas tree in the Grand Lobby of the Queen Mary 2
Christmas tree in the Grand Lobby of the Queen Mary 2

The Grand Lobby staircase
The Grand Lobby staircase

Australia - Verre églomisé design by Christianson Lee Studios, USA
Australia - Verre églomisé design by Christianson Lee Studios, USA

Deck 3 walkway from Illuminations Theatre looking aft on the port side
Deck 3 walkway from Illuminations Theatre looking aft on the port side

Blogged while waiting for the sweetie to get ready and had breakfast at Kings Court. Had some salady bits and bircher muesli and meat and cheese, for something different. Sadly they don't have Coco Pops, my holiday goto breakfast.

View from our balcony, day 5 of the crossing
View from our balcony, day 5 of the crossing

Clouds over the North Atlantic from our balcony
Clouds over the North Atlantic from our balcony

At 10:00 we went to Bill Miller's talk - Sailing to the Sun: Cruising History and Folklore, about cruise ships.

Picture of the Titanic and a Behemoth of the Seas as they'd look at the same scale
Picture of the Titanic and a Behemoth of the Seas as they'd look at the same scale

Bill Miller in Illuminations Theatre speaking about ocean liners
Bill Miller in Illuminations Theatre speaking about ocean liners

Did the jigsaw for a little while.

At 12:15 I went to Seth Gopin's talk on the World Trade Centre, both 1973 and 2014 versions.

Found the sweetie in the room and we went to lunch. They had pork belly at Kings Court which was pretty good, but the crackling was fail.

Current Position of the Queen Mary 2 on the tv in our room.  We are about 60 miles from where the Titanic sank
Current Position of the Queen Mary 2 on the tv in our room. We are about 60 miles from where the Titanic sank

Lunch on the Queen Mary 2 - pork belly, sadly the crackling didn't work
Lunch on the Queen Mary 2 - pork belly,sadly the crackling didn't work

Went to Princess Grill to see about what a la carte options they had for dinner, and ordered duck a l'orange.

Finished the jigsaw in the afternoon.

Completed Comic Jigsaw
Completed Comic Jigsaw

Found out they'd cancelled our port visit to Antigua because they were worried about rough weather making the tenders unsafe (they cancelled the same port back in November). So they've replaced it with St Kitts. Somewhat disappointing, but at least there's something else to do.

Went down to the lobby to go to the tour office to pick up info on the shore excursions but got distracted by the Christmas Carols hehe.

Came back to the room and we took our time getting ready and had the other bottle of champagne they gave us when we got on.

Kaz with champagne before dinner
Kaz with champagne before dinner

The evening event was the Masquerade Ball. We didn't actually wear our masks to dinner, but did take them.

Masquerade masks on our table at dinner
Masquerade masks on our table at dinner

Dinner was duck a l'orange - yumm! - but basically a whole duck (well at least the breast and leg). Was pretty full. We also had crepes suzette for dessert. All very nice.

Wild mushroom cannelloni, cauliflower and black truffle that I had for entrée
Wild mushroom cannelloni, cauliflower and black truffle that I had for entrée

Preparing the duck a l'orange
Preparing the duck a l'orange

Duck a l'orange in the pan
Duck a l'orange in the pan

Duck a l'orange, parsnips and apricot croquette, braised red cabbage that we both had for dinner
Duck a l'orange, parsnips and apricot croquette, braised red cabbage that we both had for dinner

Crepes Suzette that we both had for dessert
Crepes Suzette that we both had for dessert

After dinner we tried to find somewhere nice to have a photo of the two of us in our masks. Struggled. Ended up in the main lobby with most of the rest of the ship trying to get photos in front of the Christmas tree. Too much people stress. I just wanted a nice photo of the two of us, but the sweetie won't talk to people and I HATE talking to people and anyway everyone's old and has no idea how to use a camera (or a phone). I dragged those damned masks all around the world and didn't even get a decent photo of the two of us. Felt like tossing the damned things into the ocean.

Kaz with masquerade mask in the Grand Lobby with the Christmas Tree
Kaz with masquerade mask in the Grand Lobby with the Christmas Tree

Stu in the Grand Lobby with the Christmas Tree
Stu in the Grand Lobby with the Christmas Tree

Stu with masquerade mask in the Grand Lobby with the Christmas Tree
Stu with masquerade mask in the Grand Lobby with the Christmas Tree

Sigh.

3am wakeup urgghhh. This insomnia is killing me. Having too soft a bed and too hot a doona is certainly not helping matters :(

Got up eventually and wandered around mostly on deck 3.

Deck 10 corridor
Deck 10 corridor

Grills Lounge and Bar
Grills Lounge and Bar

Grills Lounge and Bar
Grills Lounge and Bar

Christmas tree in the Queens Room
Christmas tree in the Queens Room

Bust of King George V in the Queens Room
Bust of King George V in the Queens Room

Model of the Queen Mary 2 adjacent to the Queens Room
Model of the Queen Mary 2 adjacent to the Queens Room

Clarendon Fine Art Gallery
Clarendon Fine Art Gallery

Painting of a tiger in the Clarendon Fine Art Gallery
Painting of a tiger in the Clarendon Fine Art Gallery

The Chart Room
The Chart Room

Christmas tree in the Chart Room
Christmas tree in the Chart Room

Laurent Perrier Champagne Bar
Laurent Perrier Champagne Bar

Fire - Verre églomisé design by Bolaé Glass Studios, USA
Fire - Verre églomisé design by Bolaé Glass Studios, USA, on the Deck 3 main corridor

Christmas tree in the Grand Lobby of the Queen Mary 2
Christmas tree in the Grand Lobby of the Queen Mary 2

Christmas decorations in deck 3 main corridor
Christmas decorations in deck 3 main corridor

Christmas tree outside Godiva chocolate bar
Christmas tree outside Godiva chocolate bar

Picture of Queen Mary 2 next to stairway C, outside Britannia Restaurant, deck 3
Picture of Queen Mary 2 next to stairway C, outside Britannia Restaurant, deck 3

Queen Mary 2 bell
Queen Mary 2 bell

The Boston Commemorative Cup, residing in whichever Cunard ship is the flagship.  Grand Lobby, deck 3
The Boston Commemorative Cup in the Grand Lobby on Deck 3. This cup resides in whichever Cunard ship is the flagship, currently Queen Mary 2.

Top of the Christmas Tree in the Grand Lobby
Top of the Christmas Tree in the Grand Lobby

At 7:30 the laundrette opened and I got a load of washing going. One out of the three washer/dryers is out of action which is a bit annoying. Fiddled around, put on the drying, and then we went to breakfast.

View from our balcony, day 4 of the crossing
View from our balcony, day 4 of the crossing

After breakfast came back to check on the drying but the machine had stopped about ten or twenty minutes in. Tried getting it going again but it kept stopping and not heating up on the regular cycle, so tried another one and that worked ok.

Midmorning by now and hadn't seen the sweetie since breakfast, and couldn't find him either.

Had a quick look in at the Christmas markets in the Queens room but there were too many people and I didn't have much time anyway. I thought I'd go back a bit later (but I never did).

At 10:30 I went to a cooking demo put on by the chefs in the Verandah restaurant. They've changed their theme recently to steakhouse, and it made it all look very enticing :)

Cooking demonstration by the chefs of The Verandah restaurant
Cooking demonstration by the chefs of The Verandah restaurant

Steaks cooked by the chefs of The Verandah restaurant
Steaks cooked by the chefs of The Verandah restaurant

Still couldn't find the sweetie. Came back to the room and blogged, then went out again, and happened to see him coming down the corridor.

Stu on our balcony
Stu on our balcony

Oh yeah, my new phone won't work on the ship's mobile network. No idea why, it just can't pick up the carrier. I fired up my old phone in the end, and that works ok.

Had lunch in Kings Court (venison and pork cordon bleu which were quite nice, and some vichy carrots, which had an orange sauce which was very nice). Getting a bit sick of Kings Court. I think I'm trying to try too many things. Need to keep things a bit simpler.

Chocolate fountain in Kings Court
Chocolate fountain in Kings Court

Desserts in Kings Court
Desserts in Kings Court

At 14:00 we met up for the Behind the Scenes Tour!!! It was pretty awesome, visiting the Bridge (saw the location of the Titanic, and the bridge webcam (a big Sony camera)), walked past crew quarters, the mooring deck (they were doing repairs on doors damaged in the rough weather we had the other day), the anchor deck (I would love to have seen the room where they pile up the chain), then down to "Burma Road" on Deck 1, and saw a bunch of stuff along there (door to the crew's pub the Pig and Whistle, the baggage handling room, some of the waste processing rooms, one of the firefighting lockers, the Engine Control Room, and walked into one of the freezers (one for meat) and a meat processing room). Then we headed up to the Britannia Galley and saw a bit of that (not as much as the last galley tour I did, but had more detail about what was what). Had a brief break with champagne and nibbles, then saw backstage of the Royal Court Theatre. I would love to have seen the engine room, but probably too cramped and noisy to take people (I've stood next to an XPT engine at idle and *that* was loud enough. They gave us a pin, and the galley gave us a chefs had and apron which is pretty cool. I'll write up a longer review at some point (I took four pages of notes in my Field Notes book!).

Just me on the bridge of the Queen Mary 2
Just me on the bridge of the Queen Mary 2

View straight down from the bridge of the Queen Mary 2
View straight down from the bridge of the Queen Mary 2

View forward from the bridge of the Queen Mary 2
View forward from the bridge of the Queen Mary 2

View aft from the bridge of the Queen Mary 2
View aft from the bridge of the Queen Mary 2

We were pretty tired after the tour (three hours of standing or walking slowly), but we had tickets for the 17:30 planetarium show - Wildest Weather in the Solar System, narrated by Michael Trucco, so went along to that.

We didn't have the energy to get dressed up for dinner (well some of us didn't haha) so got a beer in the pub then had Kings Court for dinner (I kept it simple with just beef stroganoff).

Golden Lion Pub bar
Golden Lion Pub bar

I did over 12000 steps yesterday.. craziness. Collapsed into bed a bit after 20:00.

Urgh, 4:10am wakeup :( This insomnia is killing me.

So went to check the internet in the morning, and it turns out when it froze up last night it never logged me out. So nearly two hours all used up. PISSED.

Gave up sleeping around 6:30 (actually 5:30??) and went for a wander. Photoed/videod the Gym, Commodore Club, Board Room and Atlantic Room with noone in them.

Queen Mary 2 Gymnasium - Exercise bikes and elliptical machines
Queen Mary 2 Gymnasium - Exercise bikes and elliptical machines

Queen Mary 2 Gymnasium - Weights equipment
Queen Mary 2 Gymnasium - Weights equipment

The Boardroom
The Boardroom

The Boardroom fireplace
The Boardroom fireplace

The Atlantic Room (with curtains still closed because it was still dark)
The Atlantic Room (with curtains still closed because it was still dark)

The Library Bookshop
The Library Bookshop

Kings Court bay window seating
Kings Court bay window seating

Kings Court main area before anyone got there
Kings Court main area before anyone got there

Kings Court corridor - so rare to see this devoid of people!
Kings Court corridor - so rare to see this devoid of people!

Picked up a bread roll at King's Court and ate it while the sweetie got ready. Then we had breakfast, much the same as always.

Weather information on the tv in our room.  We think this was the roughest the weather got.
Weather information on the tv in our room. We think this was the roughest the weather got.

Sunrise over the North Atlantic
Sunrise over the North Atlantic

Stu at breakfast
Stu at breakfast

Deck 7 promenade from Kings Court
Deck 7 promenade from Kings Court

Went and finished the comic jigsaw.

Comic jigsaw finished
Comic jigsaw finished

Then to the second talk by Bill Miller - Getting there was half the fun - The Last Atlantic Liners. There was a bit of repetition of content but it was still pretty good.

Went around to the starboard side to work on the other jigsaw, but it's not as much fun.

Two Sisters (On the Terrace) (1881), by Renoir, on the jigsaw table
Two Sisters (On the Terrace) (1881), by Renoir, on the jigsaw table

Had lunch with the sweetie.

Then to the planetarium show to see Asteroid - Mission Extreme, narrated by Sigourney Weaver.

Wandered around and ended up at the library so borrowed a Roald Dahl collection of stories. Some of them I've read but others I haven't. And if I don't finish by the time we get off it won't matter.

Plugged things into charge then collapsed into bed from 15:30-17:30. So damned tired :(

Got ready for dinner. This was the formal night that I mixed up with the first one. The first one was the black and white ball and this was just a non-named one. Shoulda worn my dresses around the other way. Oh well.

Kaz dressed for dinner
Kaz dressed for dinner

Stu in the Golden Lion pub
Stu in the Golden Lion pub

Kaz and Queen Elizabeth II photo in the Golden Lion Pub
Kaz and Queen Elizabeth II photo in the Golden Lion Pub

Dinner is basically a lottery of food. I have no idea about half the descriptions, and even what I do order is completely different to what I expect. I think I should just choose by throwing a dart. I need somewhere between Kings Court and Princess Grill. Oh wait, that would be Britannia. Ended up very full again.

Salad of French rabbit saddle, confit of leg and poached rhubarb that we both had for entrée
Salad of French rabbit saddle, confit of leg and poached rhubarb that we both had for entrée

Fillet of silver mullet, clam and tomato chowder, saffron potatoes and peas that we both had for mains
Fillet of silver mullet, clam and tomato chowder, saffron potatoes and peas that we both had for mains

Low sugar vanilla panna cotta with fresh raspberries that I had for dessert
Low sugar vanilla panna cotta with fresh raspberries that I had for dessert

Slept somewhat better. Well except for hurty keeping me awake for a couple of hours. Still a very early wakeup though. And even earlier with the change in timezones overnight. Blerf.

Deck 10 utility room used by housekeeping
Deck 10 utility room used by housekeeping

Had breakfast in Kings Court. Much the same, although no fruit this time because I was already feeling a bit full.

Went out for a wander to photograph/videograph some rooms in the ship I hadn't before (specifically the Board Room and Churchills for this venture), but people kept being in them :(

Commodore Club bar
Commodore Club bar

Commodore Club
Commodore Club

Headed back to the Grills Concierge Lounge to photograph it (hey, I'll never get another chance) and pick up tickets for the planetarium show (they have a bunch reserved for Grills passengers so you don't have to fight the hoardes down in Connexions. So that was pretty cool.

Grills Concierge Lounge
Grills Concierge Lounge

Did some more exploring. Took photos/videos in the Verandah restaurant and the library (including photos out the front windows of the waves coming up as high as deck 7!!).

The Verandah Restaurant sign
The Verandah Restaurant sign

Bar in The Verandah Restaurant
Bar in The Verandah Restaurant

The Verandah Restaurant
The Verandah Restaurant

Waves coming up as far as deck 7
Waves coming up as far as deck 7!!

Churchill's Cigar Lounge
I did get back to Churchill's Cigar Lounge to find noone in it

Then did the jigsaw for a while.  Did I mention the rough seas?

View of the waves on the North Atlantic from the deck 2 jigsaw table
View of the waves on the North Atlantic from the deck 2 jigsaw table

View of the waves on the North Atlantic from the deck 2 jigsaw table
View of the waves on the North Atlantic from the deck 2 jigsaw table

A bit before 12pm collected the sweetie and we went and saw the ringing of the bell at 12pm, then went to a talk by Dr Seth Gopin on The Rise of the New York Skyscraper which was pretty interesting.

Again lunch in Kings Court was pretty crowded with people coming out of the talk (I suggested we could actually have lunch in Princess Grill but the sweetie wasn't interested).

Pretty much just did the jigsaw in the afternoon.

We went to go see the planetarium show only to find they'd all been cancelled due to the rough weather.

Pitching back on heavy seas
Pitching back on heavy seas

Pitching forward on heavy seas
Pitching forward on heavy seas

Pitching back on heavy seas
Pitching back on heavy seas

Pitching forward on heavy seas
Pitching forward on heavy seas

Pitching back on heavy seas
Pitching back on heavy seas

Pitching forward on heavy seas
Pitching forward on heavy seas

Headed back to the room to fill in some time. I downloaded photos, but I was too restless to relax. We were both feeling a little off colour due to the non-stop rocking of the ship. Not sick sick, just not 100%. The sweetie didn't want to go the restaurant for dinner, so we ended up going down to the pub for a couple of drinks, did the pub trivia (got 9/12 plus the double or nothing question), then dinner in Kings Court.

Belhaven beer in the Golden Lion Pub
Belhaven beer in the Golden Lion Pub

Golden Lion Pub Duo - SYNRG
Golden Lion Pub Duo - SYNRG

Stu in the Golden Lion Pub
Stu in the Golden Lion Pub

I tried again to use the internet, but it was basically useless. Couldn't get anything to load. So tried to logout, but the page froze up. Wasting most of my time just waiting for the login/logout page to load and nothing happening. Why am I paying for a "service" that they're not even providing??? Filled with rage, but the sweetie just told me to deal with it in the morning. Le sigh.

Urgh. Woke up at 01:50. Damned insomnia? Jetlag? Very upsetting. Never got back to sleep, so zombie day.

The ship is rocking (mostly pitching, a bit of rolling) quite a lot. It's actually kinda nice in bed. But I could understand how people that get seasick would hate it.

View from our balcony, day 1 of the crossing
View from our balcony, day 1 of the crossing

Had breakfast at Kings Court. Made myself wheat-free eggs benedict with hash browns instead of muffins :) I do like the fresh bread rolls though.

Stu at breakfast.  Rough seas meant fewer crowds and we could get a window seat!
Stu at breakfast. Rough seas meant fewer crowds and we could get a window seat!

Pointsettia plants in the corridor - they were distributing these to all rooms
Pointsettia plants in the corridor - they were distributing these to all rooms

Mini Christmas tree and pointsettia plant we had for the whole cruise
Mini Christmas tree and pointsettia plant we had for the whole cruise

Went down to the little single chairs on 3L so the sweetie could read and I could blog, and wandered for a bit as well.

View of the clouds from deck 7 promenade port side
View of the clouds from deck 7 promenade port side

Storm clouds over the stern of Queen Mary 2
Storm clouds over the stern of Queen Mary 2

Rough seas sloshing the pool water around
Rough seas sloshing the pool water around

Rough seas sloshing the pool water around
Rough seas sloshing the pool water around

Then left the sweetie to read while I went and joined a tour of the public areas of the ship. It was mostly stuff I already knew, but I do need to go hunt for the hidden Homer Simpson in the North America sculpture.

Then I went and did the jigsaw for a while.

At 12:15 we went to Illuminations to hear a talk by Bill Miller - Floating Palaces - The Great Atlantic Liners. It was really good, we both enjoyed it. There's another three by the same dude to come.

Bill Miller giving his talk on Floating Palaces - The Great Atlantic Liners
Bill Miller giving his talk on Floating Palaces - The Great Atlantic Liners

Lunch was pretty crowded at Kings Court after that because so many people all went at once after the talk.

After lunch (and a bit of a wander around the ship) we just collapsed. Two nights in a row of epic insomnia were killing me, so we had a nap for like three hours.

Deck 7 promenade on the Queen Mary 2
Deck 7 promenade on the Queen Mary 2

Deck chairs on the Queen Mary 2
Deck chairs on the Queen Mary 2

Stairway from deck 8 up to the deck 11 Grills Terrace - never been up these before!
Stairway from deck 8 up to the deck 11 Grills Terrace - never been up these before!

Deck 11 Grills Terrace
Deck 11 Grills Terrace

Deck 11 Grills Terrace
Deck 11 Grills Terrace

Deck 8 pools from deck 11 Grills Terrace
Deck 8 pools from deck 11 Grills Terrace

View of the clouds from our balcony
View of the clouds from our balcony

Stu relaxing in the bed
Stu relaxing in the bed

We got invited to the Grills meeting of the Captain. Although we didn't actually meet him hehe. It was definitely a LOT less crowded than when we went with all the Britannia peoples last time. Met a nice couple - Tracey and Terry. Only managed to grab two glasses of champagne before they whisked it away for the welcome and senior staff introductions.

Here's the numbers of passengers for the top countries on the crossing - Australia - 53, France - 66, Canada - 66, USA - 500, UK - 1678.  And there's 19 dogs and 1 cat.

Kaz and Stu in the Queens Room at the Captain's drinks
Kaz and Stu in the Queens Room at the Captain's drinks

Captain Aseem Hashmi welcoming Grills guests
Captain Aseem Hashmi welcoming Grills guests

Captain Aseem Hashmi and the senior officers of the Queen Mary 2
Captain Aseem Hashmi and the senior officers of the Queen Mary 2

Stu and Kaz dressed for dinner in the Clarendon Fine Art Gallery
Stu and Kaz dressed for dinner in the Clarendon Fine Art Gallery

We might have gotten called by the pub on the way to dinner. Had a couple of drinks before finally heading up to dinner. So we were a little later than the others. Ooops. :) Dinner was a lot more relaxed after a couple of drinks, although I did end up quite full.

Golden Lion Pub Duo - SYNRG
Golden Lion Pub Duo - SYNRG

Croquette of suckling pig with apple and ginger puree served with sweet and sour pork sauce that I had for entrée
Croquette of suckling pig with apple and ginger puree served with sweet and sour pork sauce that I had for entrée

Loin of lamb provençal with braised shoulder, confit of breast, celeriac dauphinoise and savoy cabbage that I had for mains
Loin of lamb provençal with braised shoulder, confit of breast, celeriac dauphinoise and savoy cabbage that I had for mains

Kaz and Stu at dinner - a lot more relaxed than last night!
Kaz and Stu at dinner - a lot more relaxed than last night!

Prepping our baked alaska with flambéed cherries
Prepping our baked alaska with flambéed cherries

Prepping our baked alaska with flambéed cherries
Prepping our baked alaska with flambéed cherries

Prepping our baked alaska with flambéed cherries
Prepping our baked alaska with flambéed cherries

Baked Alaska, flambéed morello cherries that we both had for dessert
Baked Alaska, flambéed morello cherries that we both had for dessert

Then to bed.

Urgh. Woke up at midnight and didn't get back to sleep til past 5am :( Had a bit of sleep til 8am. Was going to go to the SeaCity Museum, but it said to allow two to three hours, but it didn't open til 10am so decided to give it a miss.

Cooked the breakfast I'd bought last night - some potatoes, ham and cheese. Nice and low fodmap for the sweetie.

Blogged, did photos etc.

Then headed out to see the Queen Mary 2 in port. (I'd actually been watching her getting closer around the Isle of Wight all night, and come up the river to Southampton. So at 5am I looked out the window and there she was. Heading backwards up the river. She'd turned around slightly downstream of the dock, I assume due to depth of the channel.) It was cold and wet and miserable down at the docks, but was super cool to see her just there!

Queen Mary 2 docked at City Cruise Terminal
Queen Mary 2 docked at City Cruise Terminal, from Town Quay

Queen Mary 2 docked at City Cruise Terminal
Queen Mary 2 docked at City Cruise Terminal

Seagulls and Queen Mary 2 in Southampton
Seagulls and Queen Mary 2 in Southampton

Queen Mary 2 docked at City Cruise Terminal
Queen Mary 2 docked at City Cruise Terminal

Stopped at the Lidl on the way back to the hotel and picked up a couple of bottles of bubbly. Because we can. And it's like a quarter of the price of the cheapest bottle on board.

Tudor House in Southampton
Tudor House in Southampton

Then we checked out and got them to order us a taxi. Took about fifteen minutes to arrive, but it was only a five minute drive to the docks.

Security and checkin were a *lot* better organised than in Hong Kong. It was just a matter of lining up and going through.

Did I mention we scored an upgrade? I only found out the day before we left, and only then by accident. I would just as likely have put on the wrong tags on our luggage and gone through the regular security line and checkin before we would have found out otherwise. As it was (with Princess Grill upgrade) we got into the priority lines for both. Which meant we were through the hall in about fifteen minutes! Win!

About to board the Queen Mary 2!!
About to board the Queen Mary 2!!

Christmas tree in the Grand Lobby of the Queen Mary 2
Christmas tree in the Grand Lobby of the Queen Mary 2

The Princess Grill room is also a lot bigger. There's an extra cupboard, bigger bathroom with actual (very small) bath, an extra chair (although it actually makes things a little awkward), wider balcony, bigger desk. Lovely!! Another bonus: a full sized bottle of champagne, instead of the mini bottle you get in Britannia class. We even got a second full sized bottle, although not sure if that is because of the upgrade, or simply that this was our second time aboard. We might have been buzzing slightly hehe.

Our Princess Grill deck 10 room - 10082
Our Princess Grill deck 10 room - 10082

Entering our Princess Grill room 10082 on the Queen Mary 2
Entering our Princess Grill room 10082 on the Queen Mary 2

Our bed in the Princess Grill room 10082 on Queen Mary 2
Our bed in the Princess Grill room 10082 on Queen Mary 2

Our Princess Grill room 10082 on the Queen Mary 2
Our Princess Grill room 10082 on the Queen Mary 2

The couch in our room
The couch in our room

Our bed and the large desk / wall unit
Our bed and the large desk / wall unit

Cupboards in our Princess Grill room, the same as a Britannia room
Cupboards in our Princess Grill room, the same as a Britannia room

Glasses and tea and coffee making, with fridge in the cupboard
Glasses and tea and coffee making, with fridge in the cupboard

Glasses in the cupboard in our room
Glasses in the cupboard in our room
Photo by Stu

Walkin wardrobe in our Princess Grill room
Walkin wardrobe in our Princess Grill room

Bathroom in our Princess Grill room
Bathroom in our Princess Grill room

Vanity in our Princess Grill bathroom
Vanity in our Princess Grill bathroom

Shower in our Princess Grill bathroom
Shower in our Princess Grill bathroom

Welcome champagne and chocolates in our room
Welcome champagne and chocolates in our room

Me having some champagne
Me having some champagne
Photo by Stu

Me and Stu enjoying the welcome champagne in our room
Me and Stu enjoying the welcome champagne in our room

Balcony of our deck 10 Princess Grill room
Balcony of our deck 10 Princess Grill room

We were waiting for our bags to arrive so we could put on some laundry. When they didn't knock after a while we decided to head out and get something to eat. And there were our bags. So we brought them in, unpacked a bit, and headed up to find the laundrette, which is waaaayyyyy up the far corner of our floor. Being so early onto the ship, only one machine was in use, so got our laundry going. Finished unpacking then went and got some lunch at Kings Court.

I also went to the concierge lounge exclusive to Grills guests, to ask about drinks packages, and also if they were going to be running a behind the scenes tour. She said yes, they were, and they allocate six out of the sixteen to grills passengers, and there was two free and I was like OMFG :):):) Sooo excited :)

Deck 10 corridor
Deck 10 corridor

Concierge Lounge for Grills passengers only
Concierge Lounge for Grills passengers only

After washing and drying was done brought it all back, then it was time for the compulsory emergency drill. They actually scan your passenger card these days to make sure you've attended. They didn't do that last time.

Went to investigate the jigsaw situation. They had two new puzzles out (I'd have been pretty annoyed if they were the same ones I'd done before). One of them was a 1500 piece artwork puzzle that looked pretty awful, and the other was another comic jigsaw. So turned over all 1500 pieces and did the edge :)

Just before 18:30 I headed back to the room to get ready for dinner. At 18:30 we departed Southampton! Watched the departure for a while then we headed down for dinner.

Departing Southampton
Departing Southampton

Me dressed for dinner
Me dressed for dinner

Southampton by night
Southampton by night

Southampton by night
Town Quay, Southampton by night

Last trip we'd asked to go on a table of eight, because we're introverts and like being on a table where other people do most of the talking. With the upgrade to Princess Grill we were going to lose that. Turns out you still get allocated a table for Princess Grill that you sit on every night. And our table was in fact a table of six. We weren't sure if this was better or worse than just sitting by ourselves. On the one hand there's two other couples (Carolyn and Ray from Shropshire, and Bryan and Jan from Swansea in Wales) but on the other hand there's the stress of whether we should try and have dinner at the same time as them (with Princess Grill you can dine any time between 6:30pm and 9:00pm). Not to mention the stress of feeling like imposters. Hrmmmm.

Table 51 in the Princess Grill - our table for the whole crossing and cruise
Table 51 in the Princess Grill - our table for the whole crossing and cruise

Yeah so when we arrived (feeling pretty stressed) we had a constant stream of waiters coming and introducing themselves and bringing stuff and Oleg the somelier with the overwhelming wine list and I just wanted to take a photo of the table and I was like LEAVE US ALONE!!! arggghh. Then the others turned up. The other thing with Princess Grill is the wine list by the glass starts at crazy and gets to ridiculous pretty quickly. Cheapest bottle you can get is $30 USD. Ouch. Then there's the menu. I couldn't even recognise half the words on it. Ever heard of a crotin de chavignol? Turns out it's cheese of some description. I was like WE DON'T BELONG HERE. Was actually a pretty stressful dinner. The beef I had though was actually delicious and tender. And we didn't have any wine.

Parsley crusted crotin de chavignol, red onion and coriander marmalade with melba toast that I had for entrée
Parsley crusted crotin de chavignol, red onion and coriander marmalade with melba toast that I had for entrée

Roasted beef tenderloin and  braised short ribs, celeriac pureee, speck potato rosti and red wine sauce that I had for mains
Roasted beef tenderloin and braised short ribs, celeriac pureee, speck potato rosti and red wine sauce that I had for mains

Strawberry and mint chocolate chip ice creams, lemon sorbet and caramel sauce that I had for dessert
Strawberry and mint chocolate chip ice creams, lemon sorbet and caramel sauce that I had for dessert

The last time we were on this ship we basically had flat calm conditions for most of the trip and the ship didn't move. It was only every so often you'd just get a tiny hint that there was movement. This time we're on an upper deck (10) and the movement is very noticable. But. Turns out you can feel it all over the ship. We really do just have much rougher weather this time. Which I guess is to be expected on the North Atlantic :)

Navigation information on the tv in our room
Navigation information on the tv in our room

Then we just collapsed into bed a bit after 9pm.

Yeah so bed at 7pm. I wouldn't say the wisest idea ever with jetlag :) I woke up around 11pm for a while but got back to sleep. Then woke up around 1am? 2am? for ages. Which was pretty annoying. But got a little more sleep before waking up at 5am or so.

Went downstairs for the buffet breakfast but it was pretty disappointing. The food was ok, there just wasn't any of it. They brought out new food a couple of times, but like three sausages or two pieces of bacon at a time. Dumb. Struggled to even try a bit of everything. I did make my first ever waffle though. It wasn't too bad although stuck to the grill in places so it didn't look like much. Definitely not worth the 25 pounds we paid for it.

Breakfast bar at Room2, Southampton
Breakfast bar at Room2, Southampton

My first ever waffles!
My first ever waffles!

After breakfast we headed out in the refrigerator temperature air. We repeated the walk of yesterday afternoon - going down to Mayflower Park to see what ships were in port. Turns out the Queen Elizabeth was there! That'll mean all three Queens will have passed through Southampton in three days.

Buildings in the old city wall
Buildings in the old city wall

The Watergate ruin, Southampton Old City Wall
The Watergate ruin, Southampton Old City Wall

Kuti's Brasserie
Kuti's Brasserie

Queen Elizabeth docked at Southampton
Queen Elizabeth docked at Southampton

City Cruise Terminal, Southampton - where we'd be departing from the next day
City Cruise Terminal, Southampton - where we'd be departing from the next day

Entrance to City Cruise Terminal - Associated British Ports
Entrance to City Cruise Terminal - Associated British Ports

We then wandered up along the western wall of the old town until we got to WestQuay shopping centre, where we went into M&S to look for some new shirts for the sweetie (he'd bought some recently but a size too small). He got one, thinking he'd try it on and go back if it was ok. Also wandered past the Christmas markets they had setup outside. Mulled wine was calling me haha, but didn't have any.

West Gate
West Gate

West Gate
West Gate

Southampton's western old city wall
Southampton's western old city wall

Blue Anchor Gate
Blue Anchor Gate

The Titanic pub in Southampton
The Titanic pub in Southampton

St Michael's Church
St Michael's Church

Building in Southampton
Buildings in Southampton.  Whoever took the bribe to build that multi-storey monstrosity smack bang in the middle of the old city should be shot.

Southampton Mural 2013 mosaic by Joanna Dewfall
Southampton Mural 2013 mosaic by Joanna Dewfall

Remains of the drum tower at Castle Gate
Remains of the drum tower at Castle Gate

Old Southampton City walls
Catchcold Tower and Old Southampton City walls

Temporary winter ice skating rink
Temporary winter ice skating rink

Arundel Tower, Southampton
Arundel Tower, Southampton

Santa flying over Southampton
Santa flying over Southampton

Arundel Tower, Southampton
Arundel Tower, Southampton

Footbridge where a section of the Old City wall used to be
Footbridge where a section of the Old City wall used to be

Christmas tree in Westquay shopping centre
Christmas tree in Westquay shopping centre

Porky Pig at the Christmas Markets
Porky Pig at the Christmas Markets

Southampton's Advent Calendar next to Bargate
Southampton's Advent Calendar next to Bargate

By this time it was late morning, so decided to head back to the hotel so the sweetie could try on his shirt. Walked past the Holyrood Church with its Titanic memorial, and QE2's anchor

QE 2's anchor
Holyrood Church, Stu, and QE 2's anchor

QE 2's anchor
QE 2's anchor

Remains of Holyrood Church, built in 1320, destroyed in 1940
Remains of Holyrood Church, built in 1320, destroyed in 1940

Titanic memorial fountain at Holyrood Church
Titanic memorial fountain at Holyrood Church

Titanic memorial fountain at Holyrood Church
Titanic memorial fountain at Holyrood Church

Holyrood Church
Holyrood Church

Christmas tree in Room2 hotel foyer
Christmas tree in Room2 hotel foyer

The sweetie had a rest while I headed out on some of the Titanic memorial trail to spots near the hotel. The old hotel South Western House was pretty cool - that was where some of the first class passengers stayed the night before the voyage. And the offices of the White Star Line was cool too.

Former Sailor's Home, where some of the crew stayed before boarding the Titanic
Former Sailor's Home, where some of the crew stayed before boarding the Titanic

Terminus Railway Station, the closest station to the docks in 1912
Terminus Railway Station, the closest station to the docks in 1912

South Western House, where some of the first class passengers stayed before sailing on the Titanic
South Western House, where some of the first class passengers stayed before sailing on the Titanic

Canute Chambers, formerly housed the offices of the White Star Shipping Company
Canute Chambers, formerly housed the offices of the White Star Shipping Company

Titanic Memorial (used to be inside the security gate on Central Road but was moved recently)
Titanic Memorial (used to be inside the security gate on Central Road but was moved recently)

Building in Southampton where the Titanic Memorial has been moved to
Building in Southampton where the Titanic Memorial has been moved to (shown at left)

Came back to the hotel but the sweetie wasn't feeling the greatest (travel catching up with him much?). So he stayed in and I headed out again. This time up through the parks on the east side of town all the way up to the cenotaph and the memorial to the engineers of the Titanic. Came back past the SeaCity Museum then down High Street.

William Chamberlayne Gas Column in Houndwell Park
William Chamberlayne Gas Column in Houndwell Park

Titanic Engineer's Memorial
Titanic Engineer's Memorial

Titanic Musician's Memorial
Titanic Musician's Memorial

The QE2 Mile sign
The QE2 Mile sign

Southampton Cenotaph
Southampton Cenotaph

Isaac Watts Memorial.  Note the seagull that wouldn't piss off even after me sitting there for ten minutes
Isaac Watts Memorial. Note the seagull that wouldn't piss off even after me sitting there for ten minutes

Side of SeaCity Museum
Side of SeaCity Museum

Did you know that Britain has changed its one pound coins in the past couple of years? Turns out the ones I'd brought with me leftover from our last trip are no longer legal tender (aside: they still haven't seen the light and still have their stoopid 1p and 2p coins). Anyway so I went into a Lloyds bank to see if I could swap them but they wouldn't do it unless I had an account. Buttheads. So went to a Barclays bank across the road and they happily swapped them for me.

Walked past the Christmas markets again. The mulled wine was still calling me. But I was by myself and it was cold, so just came back to the hotel.

Bratwurst store in the Christmas Markets
Bratwurst store in the Christmas Markets

Glassblower at the Christmas Markets
Glassblower at the Christmas Markets

Bargate, Southampton
Bargate, Southampton

Holyrood Church and QE2 anchor
Holyrood Church and QE2 anchor

The sweetie was feeling somewhat better but didn't really feel like going out for dinner, so I went back to the Lidl supermarket (much like Aldi) and got some supplies for dinner and breakfast. Two dinners, food for breakfast, some snacks and a fourpack of beer for 11.53. A lot cheaper than eating out!

Not used to the very short days here. Sunrise is at 8am and sunset is at 4pm. It's getting dark at 3pm. So weird.

Had beer and dinner, and fought with the tv and chromecast. The tv was having a spaz and the remote was doing weird things. We ended up rebooting the tv and it came good. But I couldn't get the Netflix app in windows on my laptop to cast to it (couldn't find an option anywhere), so couldn't play the movie I'd downloaded. So we streamed it live. Worked just fine, although I'd rather have used the offline copy.

Did I mention we watched Love Actually? ;) It has to be watched every Christmas :)

I was super tired and even starting to fall asleep during the movie. Went to bed around 21:30.

So the bed at Hayes and Harlington was very soft, but it still worked out ok. I woke up at 3am for ages, got a bit more sleep, but it was all over when I woke up at 5:45.

Got ready and went downstairs and got some snackages from Tesco to keep me going while the sweetie woke up. I blogged and did photo stuff as well.

We had breakfast in the hotel, which was ok (I do like me a good English breakfast - bacon, sausage, tomato, hashbrowns, mushrooms, although I didn't have any scrambled eggs, but did have some fruit and yoghurt as well).

Breakfast bar at Staycity Aparthotel, Hayes and Harlington
Breakfast bar at Staycity Aparthotel, Hayes and Harlington

Breakfast at Staycity Aparthotel, Hayes and Harlington
Breakfast at Staycity Aparthotel, Hayes and Harlington

Got ourselves ready and headed out at 10:45 to the station to get tickets for Southampton. Got tickets in time for the 11:04 to Reading, where we needed to change. Well we sat on the platform and waited but the train never showed. Express after express went through on the other line, but nothing came for us. Eventually EVENTUALLY they finally got the information that there was a points/signal failure a few stations away, and so nothing was coming down our line. So they said we should go to Ealing Broadway and then catch one of the expresses. So we did that and it was all fine, but it did take about two hours out of our day sitting on a freezing train station, or in a hot train (they were slow in both directions). Fun times. Not. Never happen in Japan ... Good thing we weren't in any sort of hurry!! (the people that *were* in a hurry were fuming)

View of the Staycity Aparthotel from the train as we zoomed past - two hours after started the day
View of the Staycity Aparthotel from the train as we zoomed past - two hours after we started the day

At Reading it was twenty minutes til our next train so the sweetie got a coffee at Starbucks.

The train to Southampton was pretty crowded so we struggled to find suitcase rack space and seats "available" for the whole trip. But the trip was pleasant enough and didn't take very long. The GPS didn't work either for most of it, which was a bit annoying.

At Southampton we got a taxi to the hotel, as it was just a bit far to walk. Only 5.20 though. The hotel is a lot of fun. The owners have a quirky sense of humour, and there's fun stuff like a "bits and bobs box" which has all sorts of useful bits and pieces like stationery, sewing kit, and games, and there's a recipe book in the kitchenette by someone who wanted to make recipes that would fit in a Tweet, so they're all 140 characters. Cool stuff.

Our room at Room2, Southampton
Our room at Room2, Southampton

Kitchenette at Room2
Kitchenette at Room2

Our room at Room2
Our room at Room2

Table and chairs at Room2, Southampton
Table and chairs at Room2, Southampton

Stuff on the table at Room2
Stuff on the table at Room2

Bits and bobs box at Room2
Bits and bobs box at Room2

Contents of the bits and bobs box at Room2
Contents of the bits and bobs box at Room2

Contents of the bits and bobs box at Room2
Contents of the bits and bobs box at Room2

View from our hotel room at Room2, Southampton
View from our hotel room at Room2, Southampton

We dumped our stuff, and I took one look at the sunset and dragged the sweetie down to the waterfront to have a look. We walked out on Town Quay and saw the sunset, and the Queen Victoria was in port getting ready to sail (but we weren't going to stand around in the freezing cold waiting!), and the Balmoral was there too.

Sunset in Queens Park, Southampton
Sunset in Queens Park, Southampton

General Gordon's Memorial in Queen's Park, Southampton
General Gordon's Memorial in Queen's Park, Southampton

Ships docked at Southampton - Queen Victoria, something else, and Balmoral
Ships docked at Southampton - Queen Victoria, something else, and Balmoral

Queen Victoria docked at Southampton
Queen Victoria docked at Southampton

Balmoral docked at Southampton
Balmoral docked at Southampton

Sunset over Southampton
Sunset over Southampton

Swans at Mayflower Park
Swans at Mayflower Park

Walked around a bit more and headed back to High Street to find the nearest "golden lettered pub" (all the pubs in England seem to have gold lettering .. is that some sort of standard they have to keep or something?). This turned out to be The Standing Order, so we tried a couple of ales, and then got some pub snacks for dinner.

The Duke of Wellington pub that we walked past
The Duke of Wellington pub that we walked past

Tudor House tourist attraction
Tudor House tourist attraction

Stu enjoying beer at The Standing Order
Stu enjoying beer at The Standing Order

Stu and our dinner at The Standing Order
Stu and our dinner at The Standing Order

Me at The Standing Order
Me at The Standing Order
Photo by Stu

After dinner went up to the Tesco to get more snackages, then headed back to the hotel. It was only about 7pm, but the sweetie just wanted to crash, so we did. I questioned the sanity of going to bed so early - it could also mean a very early wake up haha...

Ok so we knew we had to get up early, but that meant I woke up at 3:37. Hurrah. Got up and 4:30 and started my blog entry. Got ready when the alarm went off at 4:45 and we were out the door at about 5:35. Walked up to the station and the Keisei Skyliner station and waited the five or so minutes til the train opened then got on. We had the 5:58 train which is the first train of the day. Probably *slightly* early, but I'd rather be early than stressed. Finished my blog entry on the train and posted it over the free wifi.

My laptop setup on the train on the way to the airport
My laptop setup on the train on the way to the airport

At the airport we checked in our bags then went and found some breakfast. We had Maccas cause it was open and cheap (didn't have a lot of cash left). Security and immigration were a little slow but not too bad. Went and found some coffee for the sweetie then it was time to go the gate. So yes we were early, but it didn't feel like we had to sit around waiting forever.

Christmas tree at Narita Airport
Christmas tree at Narita Airport

We have no words, and no idea what on earth this sign could mean that Stu found at Narita Airport
We have no words, and no idea what on earth this sign could mean that Stu found at Narita Airport

The first flight was on an A330, and it wasn't full and we had a two seater together at the back so that was all fine. I continued my Pixar watching (we started watching the series at home over the past few weeks). I watched The Incredibles 2, and The Good Dinosaur, neither of which I'd ever seen. The Incredibles 2 was pretty good but The Good Dinosaur was somewhat preposterous.

Centrair Japan International Airport, off Nagoya
Centrair Japan International Airport, off Nagoya

Handa, Japan
Handa, Japan

Breakfast on the plane
Breakfast on the plane

Looking towards Tokushima, Shikoku, Japan
Looking towards Tokushima, Shikoku, Japan

Kochi, Shikoku, Japan
Kochi, Shikoku, Japan

Hong Kong side of the road and tunnel to Macau
Hong Kong side of the road and tunnel to Macau

At Hong Kong we went though the transit security gate which was pretty slow as they only had one xray machine for the whole plane of people. Then into the terminal proper. We thought we'd try and spend some of the leftover cash we had from our last trip on food, but there were too many people and it was all too hard, so we just went staight to the gate. I did go back a bit later though and did end up getting some food. A piece of chicken and some vegetation. Have I ever mentioned that Hong Kong airport is *huge*? Also, it felt a lot like I was in the movie Contagion ....

Christmas trees at Hong Kong Airport
Christmas trees at Hong Kong Airport

Reflective bean at Hong Kong Airport
Reflective bean at Hong Kong Airport

Reflective bean at Hong Kong Airport
Reflective bean at Hong Kong Airport

Me reflected in the bean at Hong Kong Airport
Me reflected in the bean at Hong Kong Airport

Our next flight was slightly late. On the plane at 15:20 Hong Kong time (16:20 Japan time). Nominally a "daytime" flight, it got dark pretty quickly and stayed dark the entire trip. So it seemed kinda pointless for them to come around and ask us to close our window shades. hrmmm. This time the plane (a 777-300ER) was completely full, and they only have three-seaters on the windows, so the sweetie got stuck in the middle :(

Kaz and Stu ready for our next leg to London
Kaz and Stu ready for our next leg to London

Southern China
Southern China

Mountaintop tower in Southern China
Mountaintop tower in Southern China

Southern China
Southern China

Xinxiang, Henan, China
Xinxiang, Henan, China

Shuozhou, Shanxi, China
Shuozhou, Shanxi, China

I continued in the Pixar vein and watched Brave, Finding Dory and Inside Out.

"Lunch" was at 18:30 (Japan time), and "dinner" was at midnight. They had turned all the lights out, but turned them all on again for dinner, then off again.

Lunch on the plane - Traditional steamed pork and water chestnut patties on jasmine rice, with smoked duck and cramy vegetable saland and bread and butter
Lunch on the plane - Traditional steamed pork and water chestnut patties on jasmine rice, with smoked duck and cramy vegetable saland and bread and butter

Dinner on the plane - Three cup chicken, broccoli, carrot and steamed jasmine rice, with seasonal fresh fruits, bread and butter, cheese mousse cacke with blueberry compote
Dinner on the plane - Three cup chicken, broccoli, carrot and steamed jasmine rice, with seasonal fresh fruits, bread and butter, cheese mousse cacke with blueberry compote

It was hot, as per usual, and I had restless legs for the first two thirds of the flight which made it all kinds of torture. They did settle down maybe around 2am and I did actually manage a little rest. I also watched Mamma Mia! which I'd never seen before.

There was cloud cover over some of Europe which made things quite pretty - the clouds glowed. Skies cleared over Denmark.

Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen, Denmark

London city at night
London city at night (we circled three times east of London, giving us a nice view of the city each time)

Landing was about 5:35 Japan time, so I've already been up over 24 hours now. Immigration took *forever* - nearly an hour or so. Then had to get some money out, got gouged with a 2 GBP ATM fee. Then had to try and find the station. Had to deal with poorly signposted airport, which is never fun when you've been awake for so long. Eventually (after walking and walking and walking) got to the underground station, only to find that the station we need to go to is on the overground lines, so had to walk most of the way back. There was a human there who helped us which was nice, although we'd just missed a train and it was 11pm local time before the next one was due. So we waited the twenty or so minutes. Then just one stop to Hayes and Harlington. At the station we stopped to look either way for a lift, and a dude asked us if we needed help. We just asked if there was a lift but he said no. We said were staying just across the road and he pointed out the exit at ground level which was very nice of him. So yeah about a minute walk from the platform to the hotel - win!

The hotel has a little kitchenette which would be cool if we were staying longer. As it was it had been something like nine hours since we last ate and I was starving. The Tesco next door had just closed so we went for a longer walk to Asda. I dragged the sweetie along, because while I'm more than happy to head out at night by myself anywhere in Japan, in suburban London not so much. We got a little penne bolognase that we heated up and dessert. But it did mean it was after midnight local time (9am Japan time) by the time we got to bed :(

Our room at the Staycity Aparthotel
Our room at the Staycity Aparthotel

Kitchenette at the Staycity Aparthotel
Kitchenette at the Staycity Aparthotel