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26th December, 2016

Dawn this morning found us approaching Valencia –Spain’s 3rd largest city after Madrid and Barcelona.  I love mornings like this with calm seas, the first glimpses of twilight and sea air tinkling your cheekbones With us all fast at 0800 our guests were keen to head into this historic city which was founded in 138BC. Our shuttle bus was arranged from 0830 for those Guests going ashore independently.

Although I did not get the opportunity to go ashore this time , I really like Valencia and love the contrast of its historic centre with that of the area with ultra-modern buildings . Amongst the most notable monuments are the Valencia Cathedral, the Torres de Serranos, the Torres de Quart and the Llotja de la Seda (declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996).  

Many guests headed off on one of the excursions being offered; Valencia on Foot and Flamenco in Valencia, the majority having pre booked these before cruising. The Shore Excursions are a great way to maximise your time in port and get a real flavour for the area.  An added benefit is that the ship knows where you are and what time you will be returning to the ship. 

The weather continues to excite us with another day at 17’C –we really have had fabulous weather this cruise with light winds and plenty of sunshine.

Departure was set for 1830 and we once again had a timely departure heading out to sea for an overnight passage to Barcelona. Another entertainment packed evening with the return of Georgia Jackson in the Britannia Lounge –she is a real talent with a silky smooth voice, Brad Moodie tinkling the ivories in Cooper's Bar, and the Perfect Mood Duo singing songs that everyone loves to dance to.

See you in Barcelona –one of my favourite cities in the whole of Europe.

Captain Julian Burgess

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