Saga Pearl II blog - Captains' blogs
25th January, 2019
We arrived in Palma at 1600 on the 24th after a rough crossing from Ceuta. When we departed Ceuta we had received a weather warning from Melilla advising very strong winds for the 23rd, and the decision was made to miss the call there. This was lucky as we heard later from some crew members who were supposed to join there, that the airport and schools were closed with nothing moving in the Port.
We had intended to call at Ibiza as a replacement port for Melilla on the 24th, but on arrival off the port at 0700 in 50 – 60 knot winds we were advised to wait until the ferries had docked and then a decision about us would be made. At around 0930 the port decided the conditions were too bad to allow us in so we proceeded straight to Palma where the conditions were decreasing. We later heard that the ferry sailings from Ibiza had also been cancelled!
Entry into Palma was still quite windy, but with the help of one tug, we docked at 1600. The passengers and crew enjoyed the overnight in Palma with many people going ashore.
The next day, 25th, the organised tours were well received, with tours going to Valldemossa, and the Caves of the Dragon and Porto Cristo. Also, our crew that had gone to Melilla arrived on board after chasing us around for 3 days!
By the evening of the 25th the wind had completely died away and we left in good conditions for Algiers.
Captain Richard Lambert
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