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22nd February, 2013


Michael Corrigan, Deck Cadet

As the Caribbean cruise drew to a close and we left Lisbon, our final port before Southampton, it was a good opportunity for all on board to reflect on the last five weeks.

For many of us, the heat, sunshine and kettle drums of the Caribbean islands seemed a distant memory as after a peaceful passage across the Atlantic Ocean the Portuguese winter sent strong winds and horizontal rain. In this weather, the local cafés terrace culture was only for the most hardened of tourists, but the city still showed off some fantastic buildings and opportunities for the shopper. When the sun did break through, we saw spectacular views across the River Tagus to the famous X Bridge.

It would be rather cliché to write that this voyage has been a ‘journey’ for the first-trip cadets, but it is no less true. Only now do we think back to late January and realise how much we didn’t know about seafaring when we arrived and, indeed, how much we still have to learn - but it has been fun learning.

Rebecca Everest, Deck Cadet

We would like to think that we’ve proven to be a safe pair of hands at the wheel too: Becky had the pleasure of steering the ship out of Lisbon whilst Michael kept an eye on the radar and electronic charts.

As we worked around the ship, whether we were painting, varnishing, carrying out safety checks or attending the Captain’s cocktail parties, it was always a pleasure to talk to so many of the passengers and we hope that we were able to offer a little insight into what life is like ‘on the learning curve’.

For our next voyage, we will be putting away the shorts and T-shirts and unpacking the long-johns and a thermal vest, for Norway beckons. But we look forward to that day in the not-too-distant future, when passengers we’ve talked to, again come aboard and remind us of when we first met and had 'a taste of the Caribbean Isles'.

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