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Casablanca, Morocco

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3rd March, 2015

The one day at sea across to North Africa was sailed in relative comfort, a long swell from the north ever present, but not a problem for our now sea hardened and sure footed Atlantic ‘veterans’. Casablanca the following morning eventually came out of the haze just as we made our approach through the anchorage. The port itself is not exactly pretty as it is very commercial, however the pilot, a pleasant enough chap, informed me that a new cruise ship berth was going to be built over the next few years. There will be a long esplanade where tourists will be able to walk directly past the yacht harbour and towards the spectacular Hassan ll Mosque.

For the time being though, we went to the usual berth next to the container terminal and across from the bulk mineral berth. It didn’t phase the passengers though, and I received plenty of smiles and not just a few amusing remarks as I waited by the tour buses. After almost three weeks together banter is common place now, and that’s the way I like it. So there certainly weren’t too many left on board by the time all the buses had departed, off on the City Tour, Ricks Café, Local Flavours and even an 8 hour Rabat Revealed tour.

We left in good time before dinner, off on our final three days at sea before returning to Southampton. The rest of March has yet more fascinating cruising to enjoy – from the snowy landscape of Norway to the sub-tropical archipelago of Madeira.

Captain Philip Rentell

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