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9th September, 2018

Sunday morning started slowly – as it often should do – but this time with a slightly delayed arrival into Ringaskiddy due to some strong currents and even stronger headwinds; the latter of which surprised us over night as the Met Office had not forecasted them the day prior.

Therefore it was after breakfast that we approached Irelands southern coast and County Cork. The relatively short passage in to Ringaskiddy – a local fishing village a little further upstream than Cobh – is a pleasant one. We pass through the heads into the sheltered bay, before sailing along Cobh waterfront and the Cunard building, where the final passengers to board Titanic prior to her fateful journey would have boarded her tenders from. Shortly after we pass Spike Island and an Irish Naval base close on the port side, before entering the harbour area and coming alongside our berth.

Just 12 miles from Cork, Ireland’s second largest city, there were shore excursions aplenty on offer today. For our avid gardeners again, a trip to the picturesque harbour village of Kinsale would take them to the colourful Fota House & Gardens, presumably full of pretty plants, lined with beautifully trimmed hedges and perfectly mown grass. Medieval Blarney Castle could also be visited, for those interested in seeing the world-famous stone (along with the castle itself, of course).

The weather today was entirely the opposite of what Cardiff had to offer yesterday: pleasant sunny spells, light winds and crucially, no rain whatsoever. This of course made our visit all the more delightful.

We sailed a little later than usual in the evening, casting off our lines at around 20:00 before sailing out into the twilight the same way we’d come in earlier. Passengers at this stage were well into the delights of their supper, enjoying views out of the dining room windows, whilst also looking forward to a nice relaxing day at sea tomorrow as we head north again to Bonnie Scotland!

Captain Kim Tanner

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