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17th April, 2017

Le Havre

A slightly dull start to our arrival at the pilot station this morning, however I know our Guests are in high spirits –you only have to look at the bar takings!!

With the pilot on board at 0700 we speed up to 10kts for the 7 miles to the berth. They have very good leading lights here which marks the centre of the approach channel. If they are in line you are bang on track. If they are displaced you quickly know if you are to port or starboard of the intended track.

It’s quite windy with 20 kts up “our chuff”–a nautical term for our stern!! Captain Lambert is “driving”again and you can already see he is getting the feel of this lovely lady and is “caressing”her gently. With us all fast alongside by 0830 our Guests are ready to proceed ashore shortly thereafter. We are using a long shore gangway today as there is a 4.5 metre range of tide.

We offered 4 shore excursions today with trips to Beautiful Honfleur, Deauville & Calvados Tasting, and Giverney & Monet's Gardens. I love Honfleur, however the tour to  Deauville with Calvados Tasting also sounds rather exciting!! –maybe with a long port call.

The weather improves in the afternoon and the sun is shining once again, and just in time for a lovely sailaway.

With everyone back earlier than the advertised 1900hrs, we set sail at 1845 and head further down the harbour before swinging the ship round 180’and then speeding up to 10 knots to exit the outer breakwater. With the pilot away by 1945 we set course to join the Traffic Separation Scheme towards the Dover Straits. Traffic Separation Schemes (TSS) separate traffic flows in high traffic areas.  

It’s the final night on board.  There is a fantastic French menu from Executive Chef Gavin and his team before Showtime, with the return of the Quartet, Walk Like A Man.

Captain Julian Burgess

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