P&O Assessment Centre (Day 1)

Sunday, March 12th, 2006 at 00:00 | by Alistair Baillie

I suppose I haven’t really mentioned this before for several reasons, but for those reading this who don’t know me, I applied to P&O Princess Cruise’s Deck Officer Cadetship scheme (see http://www.oceanopportunities.com) and was invited to attend a two day assessment centre on Monday the 13th and Tuesday the 14th of March.

This involved flying from Glasgow to Southampton on Sunday the 12th. Those who live in Glasgow may remember that we had a freak totally unexpected snow storm resulting in 6 inches of snow falling overnight and continued snow storms throughout the day bringing Glasgow Airport to a stand still. Itself not a big problem, except I was meant to be flying out at 1030, this flight was cancelled and we were told to collect our luggage, and to go to the flyBe desk to transfer to a later flight. So off we went and changed no problem to the 1620 service, around 1430 we were told this flight was also cancelled and that the airport was unlikely to reopen until at least 1800.

Not willing to risk waiting, I asked to be transferred to a flight leaving from Edinburgh, which flyBe happily did for me, and I made a mad dash, thanks to my dad, to Edinburgh airport, where I arrived 5 minutes before an earlier flight was due to leave, so they transferred me onto that one.

My eventual arrival time in Southampton was around 2000, I then proceeded straight for a taxi which took me to Warsash Maritime Centre, and then fell asleep.

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