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10th March, 2015

Le Havre, France

The final port for our ‘French Reverie’ was the gateway to Paris, Le Havre and of course there were quite a number of our guests who took the ten hour trip, arriving back just before we sailed having had a splendid time. We were also very pleased to run a coach for crew up to Paris giving them a chance to go to a marvellous city they would, under normal circumstances, be highly unlikely to visit any other way.

My morning was taken up with the usual affairs of State, but I had the pleasure to meet with two groups of locals. The first, comprising a good twenty or so folk from the ‘Association Paquebots and Marine Marchande’, were passenger ship enthusiasts who seemed particularly pleased to be allowed on board. They told me that these days most of the larger companies say that their security regulations do not accommodate such visits.

The second group, a little smaller, were representatives from the city and port who came to exchange gifts to celebrate the ship’s maiden call. They were all quite charming and we discussed our style of cruising, fortunately in English as my school boy French has long since been forgotten.

In addition to all the other organised tours a large number of our guests were taken on a ‘Magic Moment’, a surprise visit to the André Malraux Museum of Modern Art, located in the city and which has a marvellous impressionist collection. I would say that, all in all, the day was full of ‘entente cordiale’ and was therefore a great success. We shall be going again later in the year.

Captain Philip Rentell

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