Yes, those cliffs are as white as new snow. Beautiful but tinged with memories for those of us who know the history of World War II. Music from that era played out over the ship's P.A. system as we sailed away. Many older people cried. A very emotional situation.
Some passengers had something else on their minds. That is how rough the channel would be. It could be awful, even in summer. We were lucky and had a smooth trip up to Scotland. Sun and smooth seas. A good start to a trip that would turn out to be wonderful, completely wonderful!