Spirit of Adventure blog
En-route to Malaga
Ladies and gentlemen, we are off to another adventure. This time to the classic islands of Greece, with a few other stops along the way.
We departed Southampton as scheduled and two and a half hours later disembarked our pilot at the Nab Pilot Station, then made our way west through the English Chanel. I kept going as fast as we could during the first sea day, as there was a front coming from the Atlantic towards the Bay of Biscay and I wanted to be south of it once it arrived, in order to avoid our exposure to 4 meters of swell on our stbd bow. My plan worked and the worst we got was 3 meters on the beam during the night, so our guests slept through it.
The second sea day brought the first proper Welcome Party and table hosting with guests for me after nearly three years; the last one was in January 2020. It felt so good to be greeting guests with the support of many of my officers who came up to the Britannia Lounge. Not to mention that dinner in the Grand Dining Room was excellent. Chief Electrical Officer Stipe was my co-host and F&B Director Floyd invited 4 Britannia members and 2 Saga first timers who were celebrating their golden wedding anniversary.
The only thing that was missing during our first two sea days was the sun. It did briefly make its appearance during the Welcome party. I was convinced that would not be the only time we would see it. Our last sea day brought sun in the morning, but the elemental forces went against me in the afternoon and the clouds won. However, on a positive note, lunch was great as our Executive Chef Raj and his team introduced us to Mongolian cuisine - Wok style, very aromatic with a little spicy kick. I had a try of each of the dishes they prepared, then I went for seconds and chose the option with the seafood. Lovely.
Captain Franko Papić
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