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16th April, 2013

La Coruña

La Coruna

After five days alongside in Southampton, ‘showcasing’ the ship we finally left late Sunday afternoon, bound for the Mediterranean. Apart from being engaged in an inspection for the MCA, a safety audit for Lloyds, a minor plethora of technical works which included a brand new buffet in the Veranda Restaurant, we had around five hundred guests stay with us on each of the four nights we were alongside. They had been wined, dined and royally looked after by our great staff, and of course, had to listen to my dulcet tones at a cocktail party. We are hopeful that the small taster of what we do will eventually have them coming back as passengers.

The Bay was, yet again, a little boisterous, however we have a great many Britannia Club passengers and they were up an about from the start on what turned out to be a sunny, but blustery day.

By the following morning the wind had eased, the swell had become long and low, requiring us to keep the stabilisers extended almost until we entered the harbour. We passed the Tower of Hercules, Europe’s oldest functioning light house and now listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site, and into the sheltered waters of this famous port.  It was from here that the Spanish Armada left Spain in 1588 and it was the scene of the battle of Coruna in 1809 when Napoleon attacked a division of the British army.

There was, of course, nothing but friendliness once we arrived. Our agent waved up at us on the bridge from the quayside, and later brought on a small party of local dignitaries to exchange plaques as this was the maiden call for the ship.

Tours to Santiago de Compostela went off, but many of our regulars chose to take just a wander around this city of handsome squares, Romanesque churches and 12th century buildings. The weather was calm and warm throughout the day, a welcome change from the UK, and we sailed on schedule later in the afternoon, passing close by the Tower of Hercules as we headed west back into the Atlantic.

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