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22nd July, 2015

Bangor, Northern Ireland

Today our guests were tendering into the pretty town of Bangor, with nearly 400 of our guests on shore excursions, and many of them going ashore independently to explore. This operation was smoothly and efficiently carried out, with many of the ship’s officers involved.

The tours offered today included Titanic Belfast, which took guests on a scenic ride through the countryside to Belfast, where they enjoyed an orientation of the city from the comfort of the coach, and then a tour of the Titanic Experience, a very well laid out exhibition and outside space, tracing the building of the great ship, the launch and subsequent disaster. Also on offer was Antrim’s Coast and Giant’s Causeway, which started with an awe inspiring ride along the coast, taking in beautiful scenery, and the visit to the award winning Giant’s Causeway visitors’ centre, with access right down to the amazing stacks themselves. Other tours taken today were to The Historic Royal Palace of Hillsborough, a panoramic tour of Belfast, and Ards Peninsula and Grey Abbey.

For those who stayed on board today, Andrew Galler was our Duty Host, and kept guests entertained with indoor and outdoor deck games and a general knowledge quiz. Many guests chose to relax, put their feet up and enjoy a good book from the Library, taking a leisurely break in between the whirlwind of activities and ports available during the cruise. And of course, as on every day, whether at sea or in port, a wonderful tea was laid on by our food and beverage team.

This evening’s entertainment started off with a quiz hosted by Cruise Staff Host Fernando, and our main Showtime this evening featured The Sounds of Simon, the UK’s leading tribute to Simon and Garfunkel. If you closed your eyes you were transported back to 1970 when the original duo were at their peak. Other entertainment on offer this evening included “On the Ivories” with our resident piano entertainer Martin Orbidans in the convivial atmosphere of Coopers; The Two Hearts Duo , and our late night cabaret featured Explosive singer Tom Melling with a selection of his favourite songs.

Captain Philip Rentell

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