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5th October, 2014

Valencia, Spain

Valencia is the third largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona. The Port of Valencia is the 5th busiest container port in Europe and on the Mediterranean Sea. The city was founded as a Roman colony in 138 BC and is situated on the banks of the Turia, on the east coast of the Iberian Peninsula. Valencia is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations for both Spaniards and World travellers.

Our arrival was scheduled for 12:00 this afternoon for the pilot, so I was able to hold a Church Service before we arrived when passengers had the opportunity to listen to our wonderful Filipino Choir.

As we were at sea this morning our Cruise Staff member Jay organised a selection of games throughout the day including shuffleboard, crazy golf and majority rules. For those who preferred to sit and listen, our destination lecturer Hazel Griffiths presented Sete and Monaco, ‘Rivera Jewels’.

The first tour to depart was the Vall D’Uxo and the San Jose Caves. On this excursion passengers took a boat trip through caves with some rather unusual names such as the Dog Kennel, Bat Cave and Diana’s Lake. After the beautiful sites of the caves passengers then enjoyed a panoramic drive to see the highlights of the city, finishing the excursion with a short walk through the main square.

The second tour departed shortly after, the Panoramic Tour of Valencia which visited the City of Art and Sciences, the Plaza de la Reina, the Gothic Cathedral and the central market. Before heading back to the ship passengers were driven along the promenade to view the beautiful seafront.

We had extended our stay until 1900, but as we were taking fuel it took a bit longer than expected to receive the 400 t of fuel, so I delayed sailing until 1945, just to make sure we got every last drop!!

The evening kick started its entertainment with after dinner dancing with The Saga Orchestra followed by Master Magician Philip Hitchcock. For all those who fancied a night cap before bed, they could either join Martin our pianist in The Coopers Bar or they could join the Perfect Mood Duo upstairs in the drawing room.

Captain Alistair Mclundie

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