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8th September, 2016

The last departure from Dover this year. It had to be special - I thought. One Spitfire would not do. So, with a bit of convincing, we managed to arrange two. This brings the air acrobatic show to a completely new level. Seeing those two, flying in formation is an unforgettable view. Especially for those guests that had not expected it. I could not see them from the bridge, but I’m sure I could hear the ‘Oooh’s’and ‘Ah’s’each time the planes were flying close to the vessel. What can possibly beat that?

We were well underway later on this evening, when I received a call from the ship’s doctor. One of our guests required treatment ashore. We were only a short distance away from the Dutch coast, so we asked their Coastguard for assistance. The helicopter was quickly scrambled and sent to us.

Ships don’t usually have a landing platform for helicopters, so our passenger was winched off the deck in a stretcher. The Dutch crew was well trained, but my crewmembers made me proud as well, by preparing everything in an orderly fashion. In no time, the lady was up in the chopper and on the way to the hospital. The operation went smoothly and I dare to say that we hardly woke any of our passengers.

A lot of action on the first day of the cruise. We are heading for our first port of call, Stockholm, but first the Kiel Canal tomorrow.

Krzysztof Majdzinski

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