Friday, 9 June 2017
09.06.2017 - 09.06.2017
There were patches of clear sky as the ship made its way into the Port of Dublin, a busy collection of commercial wharves and ferry terminals. We tied up to a general wharf made secure by parking a number of shipping containers to form a perimeter. There were already two other cruise ships in port and another following us in. The manoeuvrability of these massive ships continues to amaze me.
Our stay here is from 10:45 to 23:00 which resulted in some unusual times for Shore Excursions. Ours was set for 13:30 when we boarded a coach to drive over an hour South of Dublin. We were off to witness a cooking demonstration by Catherine Fulvio at the Ballyknocken Cookery School located on the family farm in a converted milking shed. Catherine is a polished performer and effortlessly produced a batch of delicate scones which she served with home-made jam.
The outing was made all the more memorable when our guide Rosemary and driver Basil attempted to avoid the Friday afternoon traffic on our way back to the ship. Last minute alternatives and occasional U-Turns meant that we saw some unexpected parts of this city.
On our return to the ship we decided on a quick meal and try to get to the theatre in time for the 19:00 folkloric show. We made it with time to spare and were rewarded with dancing, music and song in the best of Irish tradition for the best part of an hour.
PS. yesterday we happened to meet the Food and Beverage Director, an Australian from Western Victoria. He offered us a 'Premium Coffee Card' from his wallet. We've never bothered with these but for coffee addicts they are good for 15 cups of special brewed coffees. Hot chocolate is a free bonus, very nice before retiring for the night.
We'll be in Liverpool tomorrow.
Until next time. Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony