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3rd January, 2017


It’s shaping up to be another beautiful day as we make our approach to Palma. Majorca. This will be day 13 of continuous sunshine, which is not bad for December and early January!! I am starting to get the nickname “Captain Sunshine”.

There is a very minor delay with embarking our pilot as we see from our electronic chart there is a ferry on our berth. After a discussion over the VHF with the Pilot Station we are advised of our new berth. However on checking the electronic chart again it does not look deep enough for us with an 8.6m draft!!! When we advise the Pilot Station of this there is much discussion in Spanish over the “airwaves”–10 minutes later we have another berth and this time it’s perfect for us. It is at the new passenger terminal, opposite the ferry that ”stole”our berth. The good news is our Guests can walk straight off the ship to the waiting Tour and Shuttle buses. The things we have to deal with!! Anyway this did not dampen our positive mood for what is going to be a marvellous day with temperature highs of 18’C.

There are 2 wonderful tours today, Scenic Palma & Valldemossa and Northern Delights & La Granja. Although not today, I have visited Valldemossa, high up in the hills, and it is a delightful town (photo attached).

My wife and children head back home today so they are the first off the ship as they have an 1100 flight –The Captain is lonely again!!! Well not for too long as I head off in the early afternoon with some of the Saga Sapphire Cycling Club (at least that’s what I am calling us) for a 30km ride along a fabulous cycle path following the coast to the east of Palma.

See you in Gibraltar.

Captain Julian Burgess

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