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26th August, 2012


Well we caught the luck of the Irish today, as we arrived in Dublin to a glorious morning.Our run west had been blighted by some high winds caused by a low pressure system sweeping across southern England. However, this ship rides the waves well and our passengers notice this. I have to say, the ship I find is a better sea ship to the Rose and Ruby and I didn’t think I would ever say that!! The sun was shining and the city was buzzing with the excitement of the 'Tall Ships Parade'. We sailed up the River Liffy , past all the large superferries running back and forth to the UK, then altered course to starboard into the basin where our berth was. We were all fast just after 0700 this morning.The Tall Ships were due to sail around 1100 so it left plenty of time for our guests to see them before they cast off.

For those that wanted to get up close and personal with the historic vessels, our Cruise Director John and Social Hostess Carol led an exploration party to the dock where the majority were moored. The short walk took next to no time, and those who were brave enough, had a wonderful morning watching them drop the rope bridges as they made a beeline for their next port of call.

If you weren’t interested in going out to meet them, our Tall Ships lecturer Amanda gave a running commentary of the fleet as they ambled past the Sapphire. From the comfort of the Vernadah Deck, those who were interested were captivated by the informative narration. Afterwards we got the grill all fired up for a lunchtime barbecue. Full of flavour and infused with the smell of charcoal, the delicious food was enjoyed as we bade farewell to the last of the flotilla.

In the evening it was a chance to catch up with some old friends and make some new ones at the 'Britannia and Newcomers Cocktail Party', the second of the cruise. This led into another wonderful evening meal in the various restaurants on board. Tonight’s theme was a French inspired affair and passengers could devour some typical favourites such as escargot, Chateau Briand, and of course finish it off with a delicious Crème Brulee.

Well after the excitement of the day, it was a night of some quality British entertainment, as the on board show team performed a tribute to the Fab Four featuring all of the greatest melodies written by Liverpool’s most famous sons.

Upstairs in the Drawing Room there was a wonderful classical soiree and our Cruise Host Fernando, finished the night with his tribute to the great Johnny Mathis.

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