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St. Peter Port, Guernsey

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7th July, 2014

Well after we had disembarked the pilot a sea day was awaiting us. It started a bit miserable, but at 9:00am the sun came through and the passengers could settle for a good day.

After breakfast the lecturers, instructors, cruise staff etc. were busy to do presentations and conduct activities for the passengers. At 10:00am I had the pleasure of conducting the Sunday Service, which as usual was opened by our wonderful Filipino Choir.   

The evening started with the Farewell Cocktail Party in the Britannia Lounge, during which I had the chance to talk to quite a few passengers about their experience of the cruise.  This was followed by dinner.  After dinner the Britannia Lounge hosted music for dancing, followed by a performance of Explosive Productions presenting their show “Let’s Swing”, a magical journey through the greatest hits both old and modern from legendary swing artists. Later there was music for listening and dancing with The You and Me Duo and a late Cabaret with Fernando Perez and Andrew Galler in the Drawing Room and Late Night Musical melodies with Lloyd Hulme at the piano in the Cooper’s Bar.  

This morning we arrived at 6:45am at the pilot station and were safely at anchor at 7:30am. The weather was sunny with light winds, so a perfect day for our tender operation. Saint Pierre Port, the capital of Guernsey, is located on the east coast of the island, where a narrow valley reaches the sea between impressive high cliffs.  Castle Cornet and La Tour Beauregard created a protected roadstead, which allowed the Anglo-Gascon wine trade to flourish while its anchorage offered a protected port of call.

As soon as the tenders were splashed and the tender platform and the tender landing ashore were set up the passengers could proceed ashore. Tours today were:

Fortified Guernsey. This tour shows one the very frightening time of the German occupation and the more distant history of this island explaining the strategic importance, fortifications and trade.

Island panoramic and Little Chapel.  This tour offers a memorable drive to the north of the island and beautiful scenery with a visit to the ancient Vale Church, consecrated in 1117 and the Little Chapel.  Like the buildings by Gaudi, its exterior is created from thousands of broken pieces of china, pebbles and glass.

Leisurely Sark. This tour started with a scenic ferry ride to beautiful Sark, which is only 2 square miles and has a population of about 600. A relaxed way of seeing this interesting and charming island.RIB Adventure. A chance to roar across the waters in a rigid inflatable boat and visit some amazing places around Guernsey.

For passengers wishing to explore Guernsey and St. Peter Port independently the tender dropped them off in the town, and for those passengers staying on board the cruise staff organised and hosted different activities.

The last tender from the shore to the ship was scheduled for 4:30pm. As soon as all were on board, the tenders and the platform secured and the anchor raised we set off to the pilot station. On the way we had to weave through a large group of all manner of sailing boats that take part in a yearly race. Safely at the pilot station we disembarked the pilot and set course for our last port of the cruise, Dover.

The evening started with cocktail hour in the Cooper’s  and Aviators Bar and early evening music for listening and dancing in the drawing Room.  After dinner the Britannia Lounge hosted a performance by “Three is Company” presenting “The Rhythm of Dance. This was followed by music for listening and dancing with the Perfect Mood Duo in the Drawing Room and Late Night Musical melodies with Lloyd Hulme at the piano in the Cooper’s Bar.

Well this is it from me for this contract. In Dover Captain Philip Rentell is taking over command and I wish him safe sailing and smooth seas. I will be re-joining Saga Pearl II on 5 September. Till then, happy reading.

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