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20th October, 2013

Well we’re back in La Corunna again having just been here 4 days ago, and it has to be said it’s a much finer day today with the sun shining. Our crossing of the Bay of Biscay had been dogged with very poor weather, Gale force winds and a large head swell. But I have to say this ship is such a fine sea ship, and I don’t say this lightly, she compares to the Rose and Ruby, perhaps a little better I would say..

Anyway she ploughed through the swells without too much trouble and was stable enough to have our welcome party and formal dinner. So with a delayed sail, and high winds affecting our speed, we arrived at the pilot station only 45 minutes behind. However the tours still went off on time with many once again going to visit Santiago de Compostela.  Being a Sunday there was of course a service in the cathedral which many were able to see. I’ve heard, I unfortunately missed out on some fantastic tapas served whilst being entertained by a typical choral group within a quaint little courtyard. 

Entertaining the guests on board today with the various activities was the much loved Resty Sacedor, although it was extremely quiet around the ship as most ventured ashore to see what delights La Corunna had to offer.

Sail away was at 4.45 this afternoon with everyone congregating out on the open deck enjoying a Spanish Eye cocktail. As we sailed out from the birth the famous tower of Hercules was in view, this is in fact Europe’s oldest functioning lighthouse which dates back to the roman times.  We said farewell to the port and gave 3 long blasts on our ships whistle and the P&O Cruise ship, Oceana responded with the salute.

This evening’s entertainment was a double bill being the resident Explosive Productions cast with Come on over to my place shortly followed by a rather charismatic guitarist called Robin Hill. With two very different shows’ we were really spoilt for choice this evening. It was unfortunate for the singers and dancers tonight however, as it was rather rocky for their first performance on board having only just joined on 18th October. But it has to be said they all coped rather well despite the movement although I know a few were feeling slightly sea sick.

Once again the fantastic Perfect Mood duo serenaded those guests up in the drawing room whilst the ever entertaining Martin Orbidans tinkled his ivories through in the Cooper’s bar a bar which I think will shortly be known as Martin’s bar. Having thoroughly entertained the guests on the first night in the main show lounge I’m sure the Cooper’s bar will continue to be full to the brim this cruise with guests enjoying Martin’s piano  playing.

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