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25th July, 2018


After a pleasurable overnight from Cartagena with Cocktail Hour Alfresco on the Veranda deck aft as we sailed away from the mainland, the early hours had us thinking about our Ibiza arrival.

It was a sensible pilot time for Ibiza, 0700 for 0800 alongside. Arrival preparations were done for 0630 and we embarked the Pilot on schedule just off the breakwater. Emmeline, the ships Chief Officer, was sailing in this morning, and she had been getting the ship ready for arrival since 0530.

In Ibiza we park just out of town in the dedicated Cruise & Ferry port, just half a mile or so south from the old port. Arrivals into Ibiza are done at slow speed, even the ‘frequent’ inter-island/mainland ferries take it steady - there is not a lot of ‘playing-around’ room. Once abeam of the berth, Emmeline swung the bow south and drove the stern in toward our parking slot for the day. Nice manoeuvre, as good as it gets. All done before 0800, the ship was cleared by the authorities for Guests to proceed ashore.

The day had started cloudy, as forecasted, and I had hoped this would keep a lid on the temperatures, but even at 0700, it was a muggy 25 degrees on the Navigation bridge. By 1100, the clouds had rolled back and the hot sun shone down, the day did get hot with the highest recorded shade temperature being just above 37 Celsius, 99 F… a very hot day indeed.

Many of the Guest opted for the shuttle bus and independent stroll. However; many were back early afternoon looking quite exhausted - it was really too hot to be marching around Ibiza.

All aboard by 1730, we sailed form Ibiza on time at 1800. Andy the Safety Officer drove out; once clear handed the ship over to Chris, my 4th Officer. The first hour was spent coasting off the SW coastline as we headed NE towards Majorca and it was nice to have that sea-breeze across the open decks. At 2200 we were sailing off Majorca’s rugged northern shore, although at night, the silhouette of the mountains in the star lit night was a lovely sight, as was the approach earlier in the evening, with the setting sun illuminating the NW shore.

At midnight we were clear of the Balearics and heading for the north shore of Corsica en route to Livorno. Tomorrow beckons a lovely calm, hot, sea-day.

Captain Stuart Horne

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