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St. Peter Port, Guernsey

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16th June, 2014

Today we arrived at the pilot station at the very civilized time of 1100 and were at anchor at 1200. Saint Pierre Port, the capital of Guernsey, is located on the east coast of the island, where a narrow valley reached the sea between impressive high cliffs. It was protected by Castle Cornet and La Tour Beauregard creating a protected roadstead, which allowed the Anglo-Gascon wine trade to flourish. Its protected anchorage offered refuge and a port of call.  

As soon as the tenders were splashed (lowered into the water) and the tender platforms rigged the ship was cleared and the passengers could proceed ashore.  Today’s first tour was ‘Fortified Guernsey’ and it combines the frightening time of German occupation with the more distant history of this island explaining the strategic importance, fortifications and trade.

A second tour ‘Cliff Tops and Countryside Walk’ involved a short drive to Jerbourg Point. Where one walks to the view point from where one can see the islands of Alderney, Sark, Herm and Jersey. You could then continue along the cliff top overlooking breeding grounds of sea birds and looking out for birds such as the merlin, Europe’s smallest falcon.

A third tour was ‘Island Panoramic and Little Chapel’.  This tour offers a memorable drive to the north of the island and beautiful scenery. Visit 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.

For passengers who wanted to discover the town and the island independently, the tender landing was in the towns harbour.

For those passengers on board the cruise staff had organised and hosted different activities or could enjoy the fine views from the ship.

Last tender from the shore was at 4.30pm. As soon as all passengers were on board we recovered our tenders and stowed our tender platform, before we heaved up our anchor, left the roads and set sail for Dover.

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 a performance by the Explosive Productions presenting a celebration of the seventies “Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet”. This was followed by a 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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