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24th December, 2012


Agadir is over 200 miles to the south of Casablanca and is a relatively new commercial port in Morocco. It was a very pleasant overnight passage with a light following wind gliding us along in the moonlit night.

We awoke to an even hotter day than yesterday with the temperature touching 20C at breakfast time. Hard to believe that it’s Christmas Eve and everyone is sitting around the pool or walking the decks in shorts and bathing suits enjoying the morning at sea.

The highlight of the morning was the ‘Trim the Tree’ decorating session, involving the whole Cruise Department. Our Food and Beverage Manager Ivor had organised a six-foot tall live Christmas tree which guests were able to assist in ornamenting. The whole event was accompanied by delicious mince pies and a choice of Gluhwein or eggnog, a real festive treat. The Christmas festivities are well and truly underway!

If one wasn’t feeling the Christmas spirit, or maybe just wanted a bit of a break from all the partying there were a number of intriguing lectures for you to enjoy. Starting off with a fascinating 45 minutes on ‘The Fortunate Isles: La Gomera, La Palma and Tenerife’, conducted by our destinations lecturer Frank Feest, and concluding with ‘Whales and Dolphins’ led by David Saunders. An interesting morning was had by all who attended.

The nice thing about arriving around midday is that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy watching the ship manoeuvre into port. Today was a good one to watch from the observation deck above the bridge and with others looking down from deck 12. It was a little tricky with the fresh onshore wind but with the assistance of a harbour tug we made it safely alongside in good time for the afternoon tours.

After arrival, the tours set off on their way. Today’s highlights were the ‘Foliberberes Fantasia Show’, and ‘Taroudant - A Taste of Morocco’. Both trips gave guests the chance to experience various elements of the country’s vivid culture.

With the tours done and dusted (literally) and the over-nighters back safely from their stay at Marrakech, it was time to slip the ropes and head out for our Christmas Day at sea.

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