As always, the disembarkation process is manic and the cruise terminal is a crazy place. As instructed by the Holiday Inn Express when we left, I phone the taxi company as I collect our suitcases from the baggage hall, quoting the pre-booking reference.

We wait about fifteen minutes before a large Mercedes minibus collects us and out suitcases for the trip back to our car. The queue for non pre-booked taxis at the port is insanely long – those people will be waiting for at least an hour. Probably more.

Impressed by the parking service and taxi transfers, we immediately book the same again for our upcoming trip in October. For slightly less than the CPS rate, we get a night in a hotel and avoid the traffic hassle of driving ourselves to the dock on the day of departure.

Final observations:

  • Concerns about the Island Princess are totally unfounded. It’s a lovely ship with a great crew.
  • The indoor pool area is an excellent place to sit out of the breeze and get some work done – or just have an ice cream.
  • Park-and-ride services from Holiday Inn Express in Southampton are excellent value.
  • Cabin Stateroom PR723 is brilliant – so long as there aren’t any plumbing issues.
  • Greenland is amazing.

We have loved Island Princess – so we’re coming back again in October for a voyage to Norway.