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16th December, 2017


Clearing the Traffic separation scheme that manages the merchant traffic through these waters we adjusted course to close on to the western shores of Fuerteventura, the island lying to the south of Lanzarote.

Passing through the narrow seaway between Fuerteventura and Lanzarote at 0400 this morning, we were into the calm seas off the south eastern shores of Lanzarote. Sunrise was a tad earlier today at 0740 and the skies were clear. Standing on the bridge wing at 0600 this morning I was comfortable we were in for another nice day, it felt quite balmy.

I was a mile off the break water when we raised the Arrecife Pilot. The Pilot embarked just before I commenced my swing in the narrow harbour. I had planned to be Portside alongside, but with morning breeze 'off-shore' it was necessary to drive the stern in to the breeze, requiring me to be starboard side alongside. Staff Captain, Tom, was overjoyed, he had been looking forward to getting some ship-side maintenance done on the starboard side.

I was all fast-alongside and gangway out by 0730, what a peaceful day and we were set for record temperatures for the cruise, 26 degrees, so tiresome!

We had a number of Guests leaving us today, their cruise complete! I understand the need to get organised for Christmas, but I can relax, I am on-board for Christmas... and looking forward to the event.

Captain Stuart Horne

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