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12th June, 2014


This morning we arrived at the pilot station at 6:30am and were soon on our way to the berth, which was some 8 miles up-river. We were safely moored at 8:00am, just to be told that the shore gangway we ordered was not completely ready yet. But soon a truck drew up started to cut off bolts that held some metal blocks on the pier. Where was the power tool to undo the bolts???? Any way soon all was in good order and the gangway could be place, after which the ship was cleared and the passengers could proceed ashore. Belfast, from the Irish Beal, is the capital of Northern Ireland. It is situated on the eastern coast, flanked to the north west by a series of hills, including Cavenhill, which is thought to be the inspiration of Jonathan Swift’s novel, Gulliver’s travels. Historically the town is famous for its shipbuilding. Harland and Wolff, that built the Titanic, was the largest shipyard in the world. It has city status since 1888. After the Good Friday Agreement there has been major development in the city.


The tours today were Belfast: Birthplace of the Titanic and Belfast City Highlights showing the sights and history of Belfast. Other tours were Spectacular Antrim Coast and Giant’s Causeway, Ards Peninsula and Mount Stewart House and gardens.

For the passengers who wanted to discover the town independently there was a shuttle bus into town.

For those passengers on board the cruise staff had organised and hosted different activities and the surroundings offered spectacular views.

All on board today was 4:30 pm. Soon after this the ship was ready to sail and left her berth out of the port. Once outside the pilot disembarked and we were on our way to the next port of call Killybegs.

The evening started with cocktail hour in the Cooper’s Bar and early evening music for listening and dancing in the drawing Room, followed by dinner. After dinner the Britannia Lounge hosted music for dancing followed by a fun musical evening with The Divertimento Piano Trio presenting “On Air” This was followed by an evening of “Horsing Around” at Ascot, during which money was raised for the RNLI and music for listening and dancing with the “You and Me Duo” in the Drawing Room and Late Night Musical melodies with Lloyd Hulme at the piano in the Cooper’s Bar.

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