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10th April, 2018


After such a glorious day in Ibiza, the weather was set to turn for our two day call in Barcelona. I took the opportunity to ‘talk-up’ the weather on my Ibiza departure chat, knowing I would have a change of tune on arrival Barcelona. As it turned out, with daylight arriving, it was clear that we had a good amount of blue skies. Yes, perhaps not so bad!

Embarking the Pilot at 0700 we entered the port via the southern entrance. The breakwater, actually a huge pier, had been developed, with support of the City to encourage cruise business. Seven huge cruise ships can berth on this pier with numerous cruise terminals. It truly is a cruise ship ‘turn-around’ hub. As we entered the harbour the sun rose against a glorious horizon, quite spectacular.

I was driving in this morning, just fancied getting my hands on the controls, and it was a nice ‘tight’ manoeuver to do in confined waters. With the ship swung I backed her down towards our berth slipping between ‘parked’ ships on either side. Alongside on time, the ship was cleared and the day’s shore excursions activity could begin.

This is quite an important call for me and the ship’s company. Tomorrow Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent will join the ship. Much preparation had already been done, the protocol to be adopted cascaded through the ship, the fine-tuning of her schedule, so all was in hand.

Captain Stuart Horne

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