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27th August, 2018

Well hello ye faithful blog readers, Captain Tanner back again whilst Captain Sunderland heads home to enjoy a well-deserved leave.

Dover on Saturday saw a mostly sunny day, so fitting weather to invite everyone on board to enjoy our 6 day ‘Summer Regatta’ cruise. However the following day spent at sea enroute to Ireland was not quite so sunny – there was some of what we like to call ‘liquid sunshine’ – but this mattered little because it gave everybody the chance to enjoy all the facilities that Saga Pearl II has to offer inside, including music recitals, a Sunday Church Service, relaxing in the library with a selection of thousands of books, bars, shops, games, … and of course, FOOD!

The next day dawned with a much more pleasant scene as we approached the beautiful south coast of Ireland. A few clouds in the sky but promising to stay dry, we picked up our local pilot just before 07:00 and headed into Cobh Harbour. We would be berthing in the little village of Ringaskiddy today, which is just across the other side of the river from Cobh and of course Cork – Ireland’s Second city – slightly further inland.

Alongside by 08:00, we were tightly parked next to two cargo ships – one of which was discharging animal feed which had been rarely imported, due to the dry summer. The other was loading thousands of boxes of something or other. I did not ask what was in them in particular, but suffice to say that perched on the hill immediately above this little port, rather famously, is one of the world’s most productive Viagra factories…

Organised tours today whisked those who wished off to see Cork city along with historic Blarney Castle, or for those who preferred something more rural, Cork’s countryside and Kinsale, or for those more interested in a tipple having seen the town, the famous Jameson Whiskey distillery. There were also trips to exotic sounding places called Clonakilty and Spike Island…which I had no idea even existed until today.

Everybody returned with smiles on their faces (especially those who ventured to the distillery…) at the end of the day, and we departed Ringaskiddy just before supper, sailing into a pleasant summer’s evening at sea. Tonight, our entertainment focussed on the American musical greats, giving passengers an option of seeing Laura Adams & the Paul James Band play out their Sister of Swing act in the Discovery Lounge, or alternatively our ship’s musicians would be performing Country & Western music in Shackleton’s Bar. But first, I had a delicious curry to enjoy cooked by our fabulous Indian Sous Chef Tushar in the Veranda Restaurant…

Captain Kim Tanner

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