Posted December 6th, 2011, 05:51 AM
There is no problem with leaving the large luggage with Hebridean security. Their reception seems to be constantly manned, so you go there first and they will direct you to the security area. We left three large cases with them and took one day bag with us for the rest of the day.
Security opened one of the bags just to check everything was ok (luckily no dirty laundry by that time!). They also did our checking in at the same time. To say it took less than 30 seconds is absolutely true!
If you do want to return to the port early, they have a waiting room and complimentary tea and coffee, so there is somewhere warm (and dry!) to wait. Just before 4.30 pm, the Chief Purser arrives, checks you all off against his passenger list, then once he has confirmation from the Captain that the ship is ready for boarding, you are boarded one couple at a time, in the order that you checked in. It is very civilised!
As you approach the ship, a piper standing on one of the upper decks pipes you aboard, to be met by senior officers and taken to your cabin.
If your husband loves scotch, then he will be in heaven with the number of single malts (and blends) on offer - all free!
If you are thinking of two back to back cruises starting on 17 November, I would guess that they will be last two of the season before the ship heads for its winter refit. I think she goes to a ship yard on the River Clyde, hence sailing out of and returning to Greenock which is very close.
By the way it has been snowing heavily in Western Scotland over the last couple of days!
I think you will enjoy SeaDream even more in the Mediterranean as all the ports are so different to each other and there is much more history to explore. The only downside is that there is no Caviar Splash in the Med, it takes place around the swimming pool instead.
I'll keep looking on this thread so if you have anyt more questions, please do not hesitate to ask.