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20th June, 2015


At 10am this morning we docked in Gibraltar, the intriguing British outpost which is dominated by the 1,400 feet high limestone rock.

There were several tours on offer today including a trip up the famous rock to see the spectacular panoramic views. The ‘Fortress Gibraltar’ tour was an opportunity to learn about Gibraltar’s fascinating and unique wartime history. They then continued on to visit Hays Level to see an exhibition which displays a collection of photographs illustrating the history of the World War II tunnels. Passengers on this tour also visited Europa Point, site of the only Trinity Lighthouse outside Britain. For those passengers who appreciate gardening there was a trip to the Alameda Gardens, which is an important conservation project and houses a collection of plants from all over the world. Following this, passengers on this tour ventured up to the top of the rock in the cable car.

Those passengers who had not booked to go on an organised shore excursion were able to spend the day wandering around the town of Gibraltar independently. The centre of town was just about a mile walk away and the weather was glorious which made the walk very enjoyable. It became apparent, when Cruise Director Jo asked during Showtime, that many of our passengers couldn’t resist a trip to Marks & Spencer for a spot of shopping in the centre of Gibraltar!

As we sailed away many of our guests were out on deck enjoying the sunshine, and some even saw dolphins. However, there was plenty to keep passengers entertained this afternoon. We currently have Sir David Drurie as a guest lecturer onboard, who was Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Gibraltar from 2000 – 2003 and he has been presenting a series of Geographical History lectures.

We will now enjoy three days at sea before our arrival in Dover on Wednesday. For me this has been a particularly enjoyable cruise. The atmosphere on board has been fun filled and the weather has been spectacular. Passengers are certainly going home with a healthy glow from all the sunshine!

Assistant Cruise Director Pamela Johnston

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