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25th May, 2017


Another stunning morning awakens us as we make our approach to Malaga.

With the pilot on board at 0700 as scheduled I take the Con (control of the speed and direction of the ship) and guide the ship into the main harbour. It’s perfect conditions so no tug is required and after a swing through 180’ we manoeuvre alongside trying to be gentle with the engines and bow thruster so as not to wake everyone!!We are all fast and gangway ready for 0800, but can’t find the agent!!! After a few phone calls he finally appears and gives us clearance.

Malaga has an idyllic setting on the Costa Del Sol with the Penibeetica Mountains providing an attractive back drop overlooking the lower terraced slopes which yield olives and almonds. With a population of more than half a million it is the capital of the region.

We have a great selection of tours today with Leisurely Malaga & Flamenco, Marbella & Puerto Banus, Mijas & Wine, Paella & Countryside, and a trip to the Vintage Car and Hat Couture Museum. You could say there was something for everyone.

No cycling today as a very busy morning with inspections and saying goodbye to Robin Shaw, our CEO, who has travelled with us for the last few days. He was very pleased with how the cruise was going and the “positivity” flowing round the ship.

With everyone on board it's time to make preparations for sailing. Staff Captain Tom is driving out, and with a well-executed manoeuvre we clear the berth and proceed out to sea. With the pilot away we head east towards Cabo De Gata on the SE corner of Spain and then turn to the NE for our run up the Spanish coast and a day at sea.

Captain Julian Burgess

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