Our holiday cruise departed from Southhampton, a dock which has seen the departure of both the Titanic and the Mayflower. Looking at how dismal Mayflower Park is, perhaps one can understand why the Pilgrams left for America in a much-overestimated colonisation event. (Although, the Pilgrams were such stuffy puritans that they probably complained England wasn't dismal enough for their tastes).
To be fair, Southhampton was actually surprisingly nice, with a vibrant shopping district, very nice parks (apart from dreary Mayflower Park) and a core of historic buildings. For the shear novelty of it, we spent a day in the American-style shopping mall, the highlight of which was building a bear with Hayden. He decided to build a scary shark wearing a purple sparkly dress and large boots, who he calls "Princess Shark".