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15th April, 2018

That was a novel experience, sailing from one port at 0400 and arriving in the next at 0700! I do enjoy coming to Malaga at this time of year. It’s warm but not roasting- actually it reached 26C just before departure, very nice indeed.

The run into Malaga is relativity straightforward and as I hadn’t been on the sticks for some time, I thought I had better show how it’s done! Embarking the pilot at 0700, I swung inside the breakwater and backed down to the quay. The Pilot was marginally interested!

These Spanish ports, one great thing is the speed at which the vessel is cleared. I don’t think the gangway had even touched the quayside when we had “ship is clear”.

There was a fantastic array of Shore Excursions to be had going out from Malaga, the Hike through the Gorge, Paella in the Countryside, getting hungry thinking of that one. I do enjoy a good Paella. Some really great stuff to do. Super feedback from our guests.

I, of course, was driving my desk all day…. I had discussed with my Senior team about switching into whites uniform during the cruise, but it didn’t feel quite right - until Malaga. Lovely day. Whites are certainly on the cards for our next cruise down to the Canaries.

With a lovely evening setting we prepared for our departure, and lifted off the berth bang-on time. The Pilot was on and off the bridge in a jiffy, just needed his paperwork signing and by 1820 we were clear of the Port, winding up the engines and heading for the Gibraltar Straits. A day at sea, then Leixoes… another new Port for me.

Captain Stuart Horne

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