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28th March, 2018


The forecast South Westerly winds and rain did not materialise, but it was a rather chilly to the start of the day when I walked on the bridge at 0330 this morning. Indeed, it felt awfully close, although nippy. We came through the needles, Embarking the Pilot at Lepe grounds, which is on the line between Lepe [Beaulieu] to the north and Gurnard on the Isle of Wight, to the south, we pushed on up around the Calshot and swung for our berth at 0730. Good timing considering it was a flat-out run all the way from Funchal. It was good to be back and that was my first cruise already done - how time flies!

The eager new embarking passengers stated to come aboard at 1300 and by 1515 I was announced the Passenger Emergency drill. The weather was a little inclement, you wouldn’t believe it was so late in March! We needed to get cracking as we had some in-bound car carriers which we need to avoid passing the Fawley Oil terminal. The Saga shore Terminal team did a cracking job getting all my passengers, but a few, on-board by 1515.

The Chief Officer took the ship out of Southampton and I passed the ‘charge’ to the Staff Captain once we were clear of the old Ocean Terminal. This allowed me to chair an important meeting; it’s fantastic when you have such a good team around you. I was back on the bridge for the Needles at 1800 and once clear we set a westerly course along the south coast of England towards Falmouth.

Captain Stuart Horne

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