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6th October, 2013

Hvar Croatia

Armed Service

With a day at sea yesterday to enjoy, we managed to squeeze in an Armed Service reunion, the idea of Surgeon Commander Rick Jolly, a veteran of the Falklands war, and the ships doctor on Saga Rose, when I was Captain. Security officer Rob Payne has continued with this get together and it is very welcome by all, and I say a few words and take the toast to absent friends at the end of the service. We have all the forces, Army, Navy and Airforce.

Our next port of call Hvar, is a Croatian island in in the Adriatic Sea, located off the Dalmatian coast, lying between the islands of Brac, Vis and Korcula. Its hillsides are covered in pine forests. Today’s port of call required the use of tenders, and what with it being quite a large swell it took a little longer than anticipated to get the guests off on tour, however come 9:30 everyone was off and away from the ship. Consistently listed in the top 10 islands by Conde Nast Traveller magazine, Hvar is a popular destination for tourists. 

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As we approached the anchorage in Hvar, I could see on our Radar, that the Cruise Ship, The World was heading up from the south, and no doubt the Captain had the same idea as me, get the best and nearest anchorage to the port. Thankfully we were ahead and managed to reach the anchorage first so got the best spot. The anchor was set and we started to look at the operation. The wind was quite strong today and the swell alongside the port was marginal to work tenders. But with team work, we managed to run an operation. Docking alongside The World, The World being a ship of multi million pound apartments, it was very interesting for several of the guests to see and of course became the main topic of conversation around the ship.

Many of our guests went on our sights and scents excursion today, famed for its lavender, the air of Hvar is often tinted with the sweet smell of this pretty flower, and today those guests on tour learnt the various products and uses it has in the Adriatic. Those more able guests went on the highlights tour were they explored on foot. The advantage being they were able to see some of the hidden treasures of this pretty Adriatic town. The majority of our guests today chose the panoramic, which to be honest was probably the wiser choice today as the weather wasn’t so favourable.

The wind increased at times throughout the day and we started to drag our anchor so I had to pick it up and re-anchor and we stayed secure for the remainder of the stay. All guests were back on board by 13:45, were they all then gathered out on the open deck enjoying a Croatian pearl cocktail with live music from our wonderful Perfect Mood Duo. Today being Sunday of course we had to have an evening worship which I led featuring the much adored Filipino Choir. All offering from the service today were donated to the RNLI.

This evening’s entertainment was once again a variety of different acts so of course there was something for everyone. At 9pm in the main show lounge The Dovetail Quartet present their classical recital Sunrise Sunset, which was shortly followed by vocalist entertainer Steve Terry. Martin Orbidans our resident pianist entertained at the piano until late through in the Coopers bar, whilst the ever so versatile Perfect Mood Duo played up in the Drawing room.

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