14 Oct 64 : Setting sail : Southampton, UK 

We had a wonderful bit of news awaiting us. Due to the chaps at the Cunard office in Bristol (who know Colin), we have been reallocated with a fabulous double cabin (at no extra cost). We have our own bathroom and loads of room. Plenty of cupboard space, and armchairs and fans and a writing desk, carpets, a thermos jug of iced water, and a buzzer to call the steward at any time... At six o’clock we went for dinner and had a sumptuous meal. You can have as many courses as you want, so we made do with five.