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1st March, 2018


After departure from Bilbao, I was informed that the doctor was concerned about one of the passengers. While not an emergency, it was decided that a short stop in Vigo Bay would be the sensible option. Overnight the bridge team arranged for the local coastguard in Vigo to come out to the ship in a rescue boat and the passenger was taken ashore.

This diversion did not affect our ETA to Malaga and we resumed our voyage south down the coast of Portugal towards the Straits of Gibraltar. As we passed Lisbon the sea and swell started to rise and the ship started to move around a little more until we passed through the Straits of Gibraltar in the early hours of the 1st March.

During our arrival into Malaga the wind was gusting to 30 – 35 knots with heavy rain, and I took advantage of the local tug to assist us alongside at the Palmerol Berth near the city centre.

The rain carried on till around midday, but feedback from the passengers was that the tours were enjoyed despite the weather. The excursions included a visit to Picasso’s birthplace and to the Picasso Museum where 285 pieces of his work are displayed. There was also a walking tour through Ronda and visits to the Flamenco Museum, local wine cellars and one tour entitled Paella and Countryside.

At 1800 we set sail, this time for Barcelona. The forecast is for a following wind and seas, so our passage should be a comfortable one.

Captain Richard Lambert

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