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23rd November, 2015

Le Havre, France

Our first port of call on our Celebration cruise saw us visit Le Havre in France. We arrived shortly before 8am and soon the first of our shore excursions was ready to depart. A popular tour proved to be the ‘Calvados Country’ excursion. Leaving the ship our guests took a scenic drive along part of the famous Cote Fleurie, which received its name in 1903, and into the countryside of Pays d’Auge. Where the hills fall away to the sea, there are wonderful sandy beaches where world-famous seaside towns can be found: Honfleur – already fashionable in the 1830s – and the more modern resorts of Trouville, Deauville, Houlgate and Cabourg. From the coast our guests headed inland to a region of green pastures, manor houses and stud farms, passing thatched houses and fields of cattle, to reach Coudray-Rebut, where they stopped at the Chateau de Breuil, a typical old manor-house from the 17th century. Here they were welcomed by the staff of this family-run distillery, and, after a tour of the premises, were offered the chance to taste some of the region’s outstanding produce including Pommeau de Normandie, cider and Calvados.

This evening’s entertainment belonged to the stunning and amazingly talented ‘Opera Babes’; Rebecca Knight and Karen England, two international vocal sensations, wowed our Britannia Lounge with their beautiful voices. From chatting to them after the show I was also delighted to discover the ‘Babes’ resided in Suffolk, Southwold in fact!

Captain Wesley Dunlop

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