15th July, 2022
Around the top of Ireland we darted overnight, to arrive in Belfast on the morning of Thursday.
Ireland appeared to be missing out on the ‘heatwave’ that the south of England was currently experiencing, but nevertheless it wasn’t a bad day, with temperatures in the mid-high teens and the sun occasionally making itself known.
The Titanic Museum proved to be a popular destination today, and we also found ourselves berthed just a stone’s throw from the famous Harland & Wolff shipyard where the doomed liner was constructed back in the days of great British shipyards.
Those less interested in the topic of infamous sinking ships, could jump on our free shuttle bus to the town centre, or head off on another of our organised tours in or around the region of course. For those into Irish folk singing and dancing, we put on a special surprise that evening by inviting some locals on board to put on a cracking little show in the theatre.
Next day’s call was the Irish Republic’s most famous city of Dublin, although we hit two birds with one stone today by tendering guests into quaint little Dun Laoghaire, on the outskirts of the city.
The sun shone for much of the day and although still far from heatwave conditions, it was a great day to be out and about.
Most of our organised trips today offered various roams around the city visiting various highlights, but one in particular stuck out as being quite different: “Meet the Gardener at Powerscourt Estate” I’m not sure who this gardener was, or why he might have been so worth meeting, but unfortunately I failed to bump into anybody returning from this particular trip who could shed light on my queries.
As evening drew upon us, it was time to finish that final pint of Guinness as we left Ireland that evening and headed south of the Channel for France…
Captain Kim Tanner
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