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Sete, France

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7th October, 2014

The largest fishing port in France with a fleet of fishing boats and trawlers lining the quay, until 1927 this harbour town was known as ‘Cette’. Sete encircles a lone hill, the Mont St-Clair, on the otherwise flat Languedoc coast and seafood plays a big part in Sete with delicious local specialities.

As soon as the ship docked, the first tour Montpellier and Flaugergues Castle departed. Enjoying a scenic drive to Montpellier, on arrival they began a one-hour walking tour through the old part of the city. It was then on to the Chateau Flaugergues where passengers had an exclusive visit, whilst soaking up the atmosphere passengers enjoyed a glass of wine produced by the estate before heading back to the ship.

The second tour, Medieval Carcassonne, departed shortly after as this was a full day excursion. On arrival at the town passengers embarked on a guided tour through the streets taking in the medieval sights. It was then time to explore the town by themselves and maybe even try a little local cuisine or discover the fortress surrounding 52 fairy-tale towers and ramparts.

The most popular tour today was Scenic Sete and Surroundings, an excursion that really made you appreciate the stunning views as they looked out from Mount St Clair. On this tour guests were able to see Bouzigues which is the centre for oyster and mussel production. Every year Bouzigues supposedly produce 13,000 tonnes of oysters and 3,000 tonnes of mussels.

All aboard today was at 4.30pm as we prepared to set sail towards our next port of call, Monte Carlo. With the beautiful weather we’ve been experiencing most passengers gathered out on the open deck where they enjoyed a cocktail or two whilst enjoying the melodic music from cocktail pianist Martin Orbidans.

Tonight’s show was a tribute to the stars, as the Explosive Productions cast presented Music Legends. This is a bright and vibrant show, which seemed to go down very well. For those who wanted to continue the evening after main show time, Perfect Mood were entertaining up in the Drawing Room, and as always Martin Orbidans was tickling the ivories through in Coopers bar.

Captain Alistair Mclundie

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