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4th November, 2015

The intriguing British outpost of Gibraltar is dominated by its stunning 1,400-feet-high limestone Rock. Although small, Gibraltar has always been regarded as being of great strategic importance due to its advantageous position where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean, a mere 12 miles from the African coast.

Having negotiated our way into the narrow inner harbour we slid gracefully alongside and were all fast on our berth right on time, at 8am. The first of our excursions to depart today was ‘Alameda Gardens and Cable Car Ride’. This tour, as the name suggests, offered our passengers the chance to stroll around the beautiful Alameda Gardens before capturing some fantastic views of the rock on an exciting cable car ride. They were able to delight in the wonderful collection of plants at Alameda Gardens, which are an important conservation project and house a collection of plants from around the world, as well as displays of local flora. The experienced guides were available to point out the various plants, sights and wildlife while also describing the fascinating history of the Gardens. Moving on, our guests visited Gibraltar’s cable car which is the island’s only purpose-built tourist attraction and they had the chance to ride up to the very top of the Rock to marvel at the breath-taking views. There was time to wander around the many terraces and enjoy the splendid views of the city of Gibraltar to the west, the coastline of Africa to the south, the Spanish mainland to the north and the blue waters of the Mediterranean to the east.

Our departure time was set for 10pm but we still had one more surprise up our sleeve. We had organised a very special ‘Magic Moment’ which involved taking our guests in the early evening to the subterranean domain of St Michael’s cave under the Rock of Gibraltar, a vast awe-inspiring chamber known also as the Cathedral Cave. Here, in this thrilling setting, our guests were treated to a surprise concert from the Gibraltar National Choir. A stunning end to a perfect cruise. We now make our way north and back to our home port of Southampton, and to top it off the weather forecast is excellent, what more could you want!

Captain Wesley Dunlop

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