It was a last-minute dash. The gangway was already halfway up but the word was out: 21 VIP passengers due to travel to Italy, and how Endeavour L would be honoured to have them on board for the overnight crossing.

With chocolate dog biscuits, renditions of “How much is that doggie in the window” (by special request) and “Hound Dawg”, all were tucked up for the night in a breezy position on the car deck — thanks to the ship’s crew who found us somewhere special for them, and are happy for us to check on them.

This little band of sea dogs and cats have now been on their fourth ferry in four days. This means that while they are sleeping they are still moving, getting to their destination that much quicker.

sailing away