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27th April, 2012

Valencia, Spain

Boat drill

We had moved from our berth after completing our engine works. Len, the Chief Engineer and his team have done a marvellous job carrying out the necessary repairs. As we had some spare time, we’ve additionally checked the corresponding part on the starboard engine as well. So with all repairs complete, we manoeuvred the ship under our own steam which gave Len a chance to check the engines thoroughly.

Our 'Flag State Surveyors' checked the repairs independently, like an MOT at the garage. Whilst they were onboard, we also took the opportunity to put the crew through their paces and we carried out a lifeboat drill, with the launching of the boats on the port side.

As evening approached, I could feel the excitement of all onboard, as we waited to go back to sea. So at 2230, in a calm evening, we slipped away silently into the night and towards Gibraltar. It was a great feeling to get the ship “back on the open seas” again, and I think I speak on behalf of everybody, it was good to get some water under the keel again.

So we are off to Gibraltar to get some fuel and then we will sit at anchor for a few days to make a timed arrival for our Lisbon.


I took the opportunity to raid the sweetshop we have on deck 11 by the swimming pool. Our Hotel Operations Director, Ross Furlong has put in a Pick and Mix sweetshop for passengers to help themselves and he was chuckling when he showed me the labels on the sweet jars - Mrs Mclundies Sweets they are called and I enclose a photograph. So my legacy will live on, on this ship.

You have the Sweet Shop, the Fish and Chip Bar and also the Ice Cream Parlour all around the pool which makes for the unique British feel!!

We ran into a bit of fresh weather as we arrived in Gibraltar but the ship was steady as a rock in the head seas so I am already getting used to her motions and handling which is immensely enjoyable when bringing a new ship into service.

So I am back to writing my blogs, sorry for the absence, but we are all back to normal now.

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