We embarked the Marco Polo at around 7 pm and, for the first time, sailed out of Avonmouth docks down the Bristol channel. We couldn't see much as it was dark. We went down to dinner at 8.30 and met our new dining companions who are called Brendan, June, Malcolm and Mia. Brendan and June are ex-teachers (Brendan's subject being Geography!) so this should be an interesting trip. We went to see the "Welcome Aboard" show and were surprised to see that Daniel was still aboard as a PH (Performance Host) and Katie had been promoted to Assistant Cruise Director. Lee, the new Cruise Director, is a young chap from Barrow and there is a new singer called Emma. We followed this up with the "Meet the Singers" show in Scott's Bar. A promising start.