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La Coruna

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11th November, 2017

En route to La Coruna there was an interdepartmental tug of war on the aft end of the Verandah deck. Well what fun that was with about 6 departments contesting, from the deck department “Rope-Draggers”, the technical team “Sea Donkeys”, “Wine & Dine” from the restaurant to “Let's Hang On” from the Cruise team, to name but a few. With a knock-out format the “rope-draggers” managed to take the glory and they even had space for an Old Sea Dog – see who you can spot in the photos??

With sunrise not until 0821 it was very dark when we embarked the plot at 0700. The winds from yesterday had subsided significantly and we only had a low swell to contend with as we approached the port. We kept the stabiliser fins out until the last minute making sure they were fully housed and locked before approaching the berth!! Back in the 1986 I did observe a Captain bringing his ship alongside in San Francisco with the fins still out! Fortunately it was an open dock with wood pilings and the ship came in sideways such that the fins were between the uprights – a lucky day!!

Anyway back to our own arrival and we were all fast alongside for 0800 with the early stages of twilight taking hold. By 0815 the ship was clear and the first of our tours to Santiago de Compostela was soon marching down the gangway, followed by the “The Way to Santiago”. There were 4 tours on offer which also included “Transfer to Santiago”, “La Coruna on Foot” and “Scenic Estuaries”.

I had a day of writing reports and completing my handover notes, as on our return to Southampton on 13th November I go on leave for 8 weeks, returning on the 7th January. My relief, Captain Horne, joined today and he will take command from Southampton, initially taking the ship into dry-dock in Bremerhaven for a 3 week overhaul and service. Apart from some cosmetic uplifts, and various engineering works, the ship will get her “bottom” scrubbed and re-painted.

At 1100 we observed a 2 minute silence as today is Armistice day, 11th November.

With All on Board set for 1700 we departed shortly afterwards and for a change for a change I thought I’d drive out myself, and especially as tonight we have our farewell cocktail party at 1830.

This will be my last Blog for a couple of months so I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year.

Captain Julian Burgess

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