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14th September, 2017


Good Morning Blog Readers, We are safely tucked up in Southampton today so let’s recap the past two days….

I was into the first locks at Holtenau at 0630 on Tuesday, later than originally planned so that my Guests could enjoy the eastern section for the Canal … not the best of weather though. It was blowing anything between 25kts to 35kts, which made for not only interesting entry and exits into and out of the locks, but also for the Kiel Canal transit. However, many guests commented on the lovely experience of the transit which, given the conditions, was nice to hear.

So, out into the Elbe River for our transit into German Bight, North Sea. The forecast was not a pretty picture. Dropping the Pilot at 2130 we set course westwards. The ship started to move a bit then.  Rounding the NW tip of Germany early doors yesterday and heading towards the Dover Straits we started to feel the force of the weather, but by mid-afternoon the weather was abating and the seas were easing back.

Embarking the Pilot at 0400 we made our way up to the Port of Southampton. More happy-hunting grounds for me as I used to work a cross-channel ferry out of Southampton many moons ago. My final manoeuvre was onto berth 38, QEII Terminal, and I was parked before 0700. Again, more memories. I used to sail out of this berth when I worked for P&O on the old Oriana, the ship built for the Orient Line before they joined forces and became P&O, back in the day.

So, dear readers, Captain Julian Burgess takes command today and I am off home on leave. I will be back in December.

I do hope you have enjoyed my blogs - a bit hit & miss at times, but over to Captain Julian now. This is Captain Stuart Horne signing out.

Captain Stuart Horne

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