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10th June, 2017


It was a late night arrival into Dublin as this is a tidal port. With the pilot on board at 2115 we headed towards the harbour and established that the only 2 tugs in the port were being used for a Car carrier and if we waited for the one we originally booked we would be delayed by at least 30 minutes. After a discussion with the pilot and my Bridge team, I was confident we could dock alongside without a tug bearing in mind the 25-30 knot winds were going to be fine on the stb’d bow. The docking went just as planned and we were all fast alongside for our 23 hour overnight stop.

Apparently none of our Guests headed ashore for the late night “festivities”, however the crew always enjoy a night ashore. I am a great believer in the crew getting ashore and having some fun as a change of scenery is good for everyone.

Dublin, the capital of the Irish republic, is situated on the east coast and straddles the River Liffey. It is a delightfully compact city that has maintained its elegant Georgian and Victorian architecture. It remains mainly a town of terraced houses, lively streets and beautiful squares, where the spires of the two cathedrals and domes of the Four Courts and Custom House still dominate the skyline. Dublin is of course known for its Guinness and Croke Park!!

We had 8 tours on offer for Dublin ranging from various City Tours to Countryside Drive & Glendalough; Dublin & the Liffey; Malahide Castle & Garden, Powerscourt Estate and a Traditional Song and Dance with Lunch. I decided to undertake my own tour with 2 of the deck crew and at 1330 we headed off on our bikes towards the city centre. There were some great cycle paths along the River Liffey, but less so in the town centre.

After cycling “round in circles” for an hour we headed towards Croke Park, the home of Irish Rugby (photo attached). Just as we were about to leave the heavens opened, and I mean opened!! We got absolutely drenched and the rain was literally overflowing from my running shoes. It was great fun in a strange way - a battle against the elements.

Saga prides itself on some great entertainment and tonight we had a double bill with West End Vocalist Bruce Morrison performing “That Emerald Isle” pre-dinner at 1800 hrs, and then at 2130 our new production team the Explosive Singers and Dancers presented “Mersey Beat Legends” – a fast moving, electrifying musical journey celebrating the music of the Brit Pop sixties.

With everyone on board and the right tidal height we were given clearance to sail. A very windy departure with wind on to the berth we took 2 tugs to help “pull” us off. We completed our departure, headed out to sea and set course for our overnight run to Belfast.

Captain Julian Burgess

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