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24th July, 2019


A pleasant first morning of the cruise was spent cruising leisurely westward along the UK’s south coast, just a few miles off at various stages so that guests could get a nice view of the coastline – that is, after some heavy fog finally lifted after breakfast.

We passed in between Wolf Rock and Land’s End at lunchtime on Tuesday in pleasant sunshine, before turning north and into the Irish Sea. We’d next see land off the coast of Pembrokeshire before making landfall on the Irish coast in the early hours the following morning.

It was an extremely early start on Wednesday morning to catch the tide, as well as get in ahead of the daily morning ferry rush hour – and two other cruise ships scheduled to call into Dublin as well today. So it was that we entered the river Liffey at 04:00, before swinging off our berth and making fast alongside just after 05:00. Job done for now, there was time for the Captain to go back to bed for a few hours!

Capital of course to the Irish Republic, Dublin has plenty to offer everyone with its vibrant city life and well maintained elegant Georgian & Victorian architecture. Further afield, our tours team would take guests to Glendalough, the Powerscourt Estate, on a coastal drive or even to a baking demonstration at Ballyknocken.

For those wishing to stay closer to the city, various exciting-sounding tours took guests around the city to see all sorts of sights. For those who had been here before or weren’t interested in heading off, there was as usual plenty to offer on board, and whilst walking around the ship beside the Lido pool there were plenty enjoying the pleasantly warm outdoor temperature.

Supper time came around all-too quickly and it was time to depart on the top of the tide at 20:00, just as everyone was tucking into executive chef Francis’s delights. Back out into the Irish Sea we proceeded, turning north towards the aptly named North Channel overnight and past the Outer Hebrides into the North Atlantic, onto a direct course towards the south-west point of Iceland.

Reykjavik next – speak to you from there!

Captain Kim Tanner

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