18th April, 2019
The run down from Stavanger on Tuesday was not quite a serene as the previous three days in the Fjords. A fair old blow had kicked up from the east. The forecasted 25 knots was nearer 55 knots once we were clear of the southern shore of Norway and exposed to the ‘fetch’ from across the Kattegat.
We arrived promptly into Dover yesterday, an event onboard late the previous evening required a as soon as possible berth time so we were all ‘parked’ by 0530. Having an overnight, effectively two days in Dover, was welcomed by the ships team. It gave us the opportunity to get some deep-cleaning done and some overdue ‘out of service’ maintenance that may have been inconvenient to Guests if we had to undertake whilst in-cruise. Additionally, it gave many the crew time to ‘pop up’ the road for a bit of R&R. With the ship all spic and span ready for the 1300 embarkation, we settled back into ‘operational’ mode.
Embarkation was smooth and swift today, great job by Lynn and her team in the terminal ashore. The wind blew up briskly for departure and using one tug, we were on the limit as we swung in the Western basin. Captain sunshine or Captain Stormy!
Disembarking the Pilot at 1700, course was set westward towards Lands’ End, enroute toward Cobh, the start of our ten day ‘Story of Ireland’.
See you in Cobh, the Emerald Isle.
Captain Stuart Horne
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