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19th July, 2018


We had the Pilot at 0600 this morning; and having the benefit of ‘clocks’ back an hour last night helped to ease what seemed to be short night. It was a fine day as I walked on the bridge at 0515, and I was pleased to have concluded on staying in ‘whites’ uniform for Dover. Whites uniform do give that ‘lifted’ air about the ship, everyone seems happier with bags of vitamin D around.

Berthed at Cruise Terminal just after 0700, the ship team swung in to action with the disembarkation procedures, luggage, provisions, maintenance and the caring ‘good-byes’ to our loyal guest leaving us today. Then we readied ourselves for the next cruise: so many familiar names on the manifest. The next cruise is a 19 night fabulous itinerary around the Western Mediterranean, really looking forward to it.

As is the pattern with Dover on hot days, the wind picks up from the NE during the mid to later afternoon, setting the ship onto the berth. The speed required from Dover to Lisbon, our first port, was high so a delay in departure were not desirable. Robert, 2nd Officer, was driving out this afternoon and I wanted him to have the experience of swinging the ship in the western basin, which is a tight manoeuvre, and considering the on-berth breeze and high speed, I elected to order a tug for departure.

With the Passenger Emergency drill concluded shortly after 1600 - we slipped our moorings at 1630 and made our way out of the Western Entrance. Robert making a fine job of the manoeuvre.

It’s great to have two sea-days before the first port, it gives time to get the desk tided up after turnaround and one can settle into getting to know our Guests. With the ship well underway, I did my final rounds of the ship at about 2000, then retried to my cabin, for a bit of time to myself.

Captain Stuart Horne

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