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28th August, 2014

Dublin, Ireland

Passengers were up early and ready for another exciting day in port and today were docked in Dublin. Dublin is one of my favourite cities with its Georgian and Victorian architecture, lively streets and beautiful squares. I’m not surprised that the ship was busy with hussle and bussle so early this morning as passengers were keen to make the most of our stay in this wonderful city.

For passengers who were not on tour, there was a shuttle bus service which ran continuously taking them to Kildare Street in the heart of the city. From here passengers could enjoy the shopping area, or head to the arts & entertainment district and enjoy a pint of Guinness in one of the famous Irish bars.

The tours were also off early this morning and today there were four different excursions for passengers to choose from. There was a panoramic tour of Dublin, a countryside drive and visit to Glendalough (also known as The Glen of two lakes) which is one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. There was also a tour to Malahide Castle and Gardens, a rare example of an Irish Anglo-Norman Castle which was inhabited by the same family for 800 years from 1185 – 1973. The final tour on offer was a boat trip along the River Liffey followed by a coach tour around the city.

I was on duty today, so it was my opportunity to remain on board and arrange various fun activities for those passengers who did not wish to go ashore. At 2pm we enjoyed a local folkloric show demonstrating some traditional Irish music and dance which was lovely to watch.

Today, the Food & Beverage Department put on a special Chocolate Afternoon Tea which I just couldn’t resist, but it was certainly delicious and was as popular as ever. This evening I was invited to a small pre-dinner cocktail party by one of our Sapphire Britannia Club Members which was very enjoyable.

Everyone seemed to have an enjoyable day in this exciting city and before we knew it, we were on our way and sailing for our next port of call.

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