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27th August, 2012


This morning we arrived at Cobh, the port that gives access to the wonderful county of Cork. The weather was not too kind to us and we were experiencing storm force 10 winds. However I am getting increasingly impressed with the sea keeping qualities of the Sapphire and she handled the weather well. The pilot boat ploughed its way out to us, and the pilot was soon onboard and we were heading into the port with the wind up our “Chuff”.

Once inside this natural harbour, the shelter eased the wind and we made two tugs fast and manoeuvred into position. We were escorted in to the port this morning by the Kinsale Inshore Lifeboat, a rigid inflatable and the pilot told me it was out of courtesy to one of my passengers who was the Patron of the boat and had donated it to the station, so they were here to say hello.

The outlook in the morning was bleak, but as time went on it transformed into gloriously sunny day, and once again everybody on board made full use of the wonderful conditions.

The first tour to depart in the morning was a trip to Cork, with a stop off along the way at Blarney Castle. Here the thing to do was to head on up to the top of the castle, lie on one’s back, and kiss the famous stone, obviously this was a very popular tour. For a more relaxed day, there was the shore excursion, “Leisurely West Cork and Clonkakilty”, a tour to see some of the counties more rural delights.

Being the last port of call for the ill-fated Titanic, it was not surprising that there were a lot important historical monuments connected to devastating tragedy. Guests could be guided to the most interesting of these on the “Titanic Trail”. A local guide explained the role the town played in the disaster, showed passengers the White Star Lines local offices and told some moving stories of the town’s 79 victims.

The afternoon saw the ship sail out under bright sunny skies and lovely calm weather, a complete contrast to the morning. At 6.45pm we had a wonderful early evening soiree from our classical trio, aptly titled ‘British and Celtic Classics’. String Delights featured some of the greatest pieces of music to have ever been produced in the British Isles.

The main show in the Britannia Lounge tonight was an entertainment extravaganza. Reminiscent of the great shows from yesteryear, ‘Monday Night at the Palladium’ featured guest appearances from your Cruise Hosts Resty and Fernando, the Explosive Singers and Dancers, Martin Orbidans and your Assistant Cruise Director Ed. The variety spectacular, complete with our own revolving stage, was hosted by your affable Cruise Director John Parton. A great night was had by all as we made our way to the St Peter Port, Guernsey.

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