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18th December, 2018


My last day! Anyway, back to Zeebrugge. We sailed last night at just after 1700, having waited for a large ‘car-carrier vessels’ come out of the locks. Earlier in the day, we had sent our Mystery tour Guests for a tour of Brugges and the Christmas markets. It was a ’low’ uptake, I think my Guests are Mystery’d-out! Once clear of Zeebrugge I remained on the Bridge for the Pilotage until 1900 we west course for the Dover Straits. Dover Straits was at 2130 and my duty was back on the bridge for the busy bit of navigation. I almost felt ‘home’ as we sailed passed the Port of Dover to the north.

Clear of the busy traffic lanes I went back to my office at 2230 and tied my desk, the 18th was going to be a busy day. Tom, my Staff Captain was up for the Pilot this morning, so he got the 0330 call rather than me. I was on the bridge for 0530 to support the team. It was blowing 40 to 50 knots, I have earned my name “Captain Storm” this cruise. With tow tugs we berthed at 0730 and made ready for the day.

Disembarking Guests were away by 1130 and embark’s weren’t until tomorrow, when, I too, disembarked; albeit 42 Guests remained on board as they were doing the Christmas cruise. Looking forward to my college Captain Burgess joining tomorrow, it’s been a long and challenging cruise.

See you in February, have a great Christmas and new year, and hope the your desires for 2019 materialise. It’s been a ‘blast’ sailing with you. Captain Horne, signing off.

Captain Stuart Horne

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