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Archive of entries posted on October 2011

Consolation Cruise

Iceberg

Iceberg

Sea Fog Forming

Sea Fog Forming

After our mishap, the summer all too quickly passed with the Mate’s regular hospital and physiotherapy appointments. Her hand was deemed too vulnerable to risk any further damage this season so further sailing was ruled out, and the Skipper climbed a few more hills while Arctica lay on a mooring at Dunstaffnage. We joined friends Mike and Anne aboard Fred Olsen Lines’ MS Boudicca on a cruise from Rosyth to the Faroes, Greenland and Iceland, all places high up in our ‘to do’ list. It was a wonderful trip and completely revised our previous sceptical view of the attractions of such cruises. The weather was amazingly good, the ship recently refurbished and of traditional lines (not a floating block of flats), the food excellent, with a cheery crew and good talks and evening entertainment. The Skipper even got to perform a few tunes on the moothie to an audience of hundreds at the guest talent show! The trip was a fitting consolation for missing out on our planned trip to the outer Hebrides and Northern Isles, with the associated visit of the Tall Ships. Arctica is now laid up ashore for the winter ready for the repair of the cosmetic damage to her hull, and we look forward to a less eventful season of sailing next year.