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20th April, 2013

Palma de Majorca

Palma de Majorca

For many years back in the 90’s, I was in and out of Palma every Saturday on a number of different cruise ships belonging to my previous employer. Inevitably there are many stories, including one which always makes me smile when I return and notice a certain bollard at the end of one of the quays.

I’m afraid I am responsible for it being there, as the previous one in that spot was less than adequately secured to the dock, which I found out when having to use it in windy weather. In 1997 I became a minor celebrity amongst the regular cruise vessels as my crew stencilled the replacement with my name.

The pilot who met us, although not working there at the time, knew the story and I was warmly welcomed when he came to the bridge. His colleague, who did remember me, waved with gusto as the pilot boat went by.

Our call was a short one, having to leave just after lunch. This did not deter passengers however, who took advantage of our visit by taking the shuttle bus around the yacht infested harbour to the old town and cathedral, if they were not on a tour.

On board we had much work to do in preparation for our next few ports, including exercising the starboard anchor, which hasn’t been down for a while. When it drops my cabin vibrates with a rumble, so when we let it go in Hvar later in the week, passengers will be immediately aware of
our arrival.

On the adjacent berth two of the Windstar ships had arrived, being forced to divert from their anchorage in the north due to the swell. Although not so large, their tall masts looked fairly impressive against the mega yachts in the background.

We sailed after lunch, giving my old friends a three whistle salute as we departed. The enormous sound was also very effective in ensuring a few small yachts had left adequate sea room for
our passage.

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