Spirit of Adventure blog
On the 8th of July we set sail on a delightful mid-summer’s jaunt scheduled to visit Ireland, Brittany and Guernsey.
The first day of the cruise was spent at sea allowing everyone to unpack and settle. For those guests who conducted said tasks with speed and efficiency, or if just the thought of unpacking and settling didn’t appeal, then there was a mass of entertainment & events on board to occupy oneself with instead.
The choice of entertainment on board is vast, and on the first evening alone guests were spoiled with the choice of 3 main event events: ‘The 3 Tones’ performing in our main theatre, the onboard cast putting on a show called ‘Explosive 80’s’ in the Britannia Lounge, or ‘Golden Gems with Genie and the Trio’ in the Supper Club.
Our first port of call was Cobh, a lovely little town on Ireland’s southern coast. Only a few hundred yards from the berth to the centre, and with the sun shining all day that Sunday and a local swing festival with market on the waterfront, there was plenty for all to see and do just locally. However, of course, the city of Cork sits 20 minutes or so away, and therefore many were tempted to head there instead, either by the complimentary bus to explore independently, or upon separate specially organised trips.
That evening saw us commence our clockwise circumnavigation of Ireland, heading the following day to a spot called Bantry Bay. Anchoring in the shelter of Whiddy Island, we used our ship’s tenders to drop those who wished to go ashore off to explore local villages, traditional Irish Pubs and highlights of the wider countryside.
Pints of Guinness consumed and tin whistle music enjoyed (or otherwise), it was time to set sail further up the Irish coast to Galway…
Captain Kim Tanner
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