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1st December, 2012

Margarita Island

Today we arrived at the delightful Island of Margarita, in the town of El Guamache, part of the South American country of Venezuela.

The weather was not at its best today, it was an overcast and muggy day with high humidity, but that did not worry our intrepid explorers who were off to see the sights of this southern Caribbean island. For those who love to just laze about on a sandy beach, today's port was just the day for them as literally just a few steps from the gangway, was a gorgeous beach.

As there is not a lot of attractions at El Guamanche this beach has been turned into a crew recreational area. For the shoppers however, just a few metres back from the shore's edge there was a whole host of market stalls selling every kind of local handicrafts and swag. A great place to pick up an interesting souvenir for a loved one back home.

Back on board the ship, our Food and Beverage Manager, Ivor and his team busily prepared a delightful 'Afternoon Tea'. Cocktail pianist David Reed was at the Steinway grand piano whilst guests sipped multiple cups of tea and devoured some delicious cakes. Later in the Britannia lounge, it was the time for a new entertainer with an energetic act with a bit of a difference - tonight we were thoroughly entertained by ‘Joe West’, an all singing, all dancing, multi-instrumentalist. His ‘Swing at Sea’ set featured all of the best songs from the American Songbook that left audiences raving about his versatility.

For entertainment of a completely different nature, upstairs in the Drawing Room, there was the next in a series of brilliant classical concerts performed by our on board string ensemble, the ‘Belle Époque Quartet’. Performing a multitude of musical favourites, from Mozart’s ‘Eine Kleine Nacht Musik’, through to ‘Hey Jude’ by The Beatles, an enjoyable evening was had by all.

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