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26th January, 2013


Funchal was the first port of call for the cruise and for me, Deck Cadet Rebecca Everest.

Since a young age I have always wanted to become a Captain and now hopefully my dreams will come true as I begin on my first working trip on a ship.

I joined the Sapphire on the 22nd January, both nervous and excited. Since embarking in Southampton, I have worked on deck and the bridge, learning a variety of skills from the officers who have all been supportive since day one. Even though I have only just joined the Sapphire I feel as though I have settled in quicker than I expected.

Currently I am on day work, which consists of a lot of chipping and painting! One of the advantages of day work is socialising in the evening. I was lucky enough to go to the first cocktail party and meet with the crew and our passengers. It was a great way to get to know everybody.

Our first port of call came with the sunny weather everyone on board was after. I observed for the first time the aft mooring station with the Fourth Officer, so that I could see how mooring
was undertaken.

By the time we were all fast alongside, the sun had arisen to burn away the clouds leaving us with sunshine for most of the day.

Whilst the passengers disembarked to relax, have a wonder or go on a tour, the crew had an emergency drill to attend. At 10:00am the emergency signal sounded. I was taken to a fire fighting team and dressed in full fire-fighting suit and breathing apparatus. It was exciting to see what we had to do, especially as I didn’t know what happened behind the scenes when I was a passenger on cruise ships before.

After the excitement, I enjoyed the sun helping the Second Bosun with maintenance on some the balconies. Before I knew it, it was time to cast off our lines and make way to our next destination, Las Palmas.

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