Animalcouriers reached the Calais area last night, ready for a morning crossing with P&O today. We’ve had walks and breakfast and have cleared all the paperwork checks, and we’re just getting on the ferry.

We’ve really enjoyed spending time with our travel companions. Some were a bit shy at times, but we’ve been able to talk to, handle and engage with every one of them. When the audience is so attentive, it does make telling travellers’ tales that much easier!

Carly always looking for the next stroke or tickle. She's so friendly, we're sure Philip will be delighted with her, and his lap will never be vacant when she's around!

Carly always looking for the next stroke or tickle. She’s so friendly, we’re sure Philip will be delighted with her, and his lap will never be vacant when she’s around!

Paris is a very good-looking cat, very gentle and used to being loved

Paris is a very good-looking cat, very gentle and used to being loved

Pricilla is a bit shyer, but very sweet and likes a little tickle

Pricilla is a bit shyer, but very sweet and likes a little tickle

Alexander, who's sharing with Pricilla — Mandy says they're a really bonded pair, like a married couple. Like Pricilla, he's got more confident as the trip has gone on

Alexander, who’s sharing with Pricilla — Mandy says they’re a really bonded pair, like a married couple. Like Pricilla, he’s got more confident as the trip has gone on

Elvie hiding today — but when you can persuade her out, a chat and a tickle go down very well

Elvie hiding today — but when you can persuade her out, a chat and a tickle go down very well

Cleo is always up for a natter — each morning ready to tell us what everyone else had been up to overnight!

Cleo is always up for a natter — each morning ready to tell us what everyone else had been up to overnight!

We were warned that Pearl and Ruby would be a pair of scaredycats, but like many youngsters who've travelled with us in the past, they soon got into the routine and started practising their high fives

We were warned that Pearl and Ruby would be a pair of scaredycats, but like many youngsters who’ve travelled with us in the past, they soon got into the routine and started practising their high fives

Lara is very gentle and easygoing, ready to eat, drink, chat or sleep, whatever's next. She has a blocked tear duct and her owner, Olga, will be taking her to the vet as soon as she arrives home

Lara is very gentle and easygoing, ready to eat, drink, chat or sleep, whatever’s next. She has a blocked tear duct and her owner, Olga, will be taking her to the vet as soon as she arrives home

Alvin is very sociable — here he is greeting lovely Nana

Alvin is very sociable — here he is greeting lovely Nana

Nela at her very cutest — the promise of a biscuit never fails!

Nela at her very cutest — the promise of a biscuit never fails!

Haiko is a dream to walk — he strolls, never too rushed, and enjoying the moment. He's very companionable too — keeps looking up to check you only have eyes for him!

Haiko is a dream to walk — he strolls, never too rushed, and enjoying the moment. He’s very companionable too — keeps looking up to check you only have eyes for him!

Victor seems quite quiet and serious about eating and walking. But then suddenly, he flips into hop, skip and jump mode — and expects you to join in!

Victor seems quite quiet and serious about eating and walking. But then suddenly, he flips into hop, skip and jump mode — and expects you to join in!

Fred is fearless and full of fun. He'd definitely be the one getting the first round in at the pub! Here he is watching rabbits, wondering if they'd like to come to the pub with him.

Fred is fearless and full of fun. He’d definitely be the one getting the first round in at the pub! Here he is watching rabbits, wondering if they’d like to come to the pub with him.