Thursday, 15 June 2017
15.06.2017 - 15.06.2017
Today is a tendered port where the ship anchors off shore and we are taken ashore on the ship's tenders. They are small craft much like a lifeboat with a capacity of about 100 passengers. We are at anchor in the Firth of Forth on the seaward side of the Forth Railway bridge. The tenders ply from ship to shore all day taking about 50 minutes to complete the round trip. With two loading pontoons they move a surprising number of passengers.
We don't have an excursion booked here and decided to go ashore and just explore the village of South Queensferry. It is built on the banks of the Firth (Scottish for Fjord) and comprises many narrow, steep cobble stoned streets. Most structures are made of stone and varying in age and degree of refinement. Many walls feature layer of stones of different sizes and textures.
One building that attracted our attention was the 1440 vintage Priory Church. It is the only medieval Carmelite church in Britain still in use. It is set in a well tended walled garden and is obviously the pride of the parishioners.
The weather was kind and there were frequent patches of sunshine. After an hour or two and many photos we headed back to the tender jetty where we were sailed back to the ship. The water was calm and the ride back quite unremarkable. With most passengers ashore the lunch buffet was most pleasant and uncrowded.
We were two of only seven that attended the afternoon movie. That was reduced to six when Jenny decided to give up on the film "Passengers" starring Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Pratt and Michael Sheen. An unlikely futuristic story of deep space travel where the two Passengers save the ship and 5000 hibernating crew and other humans from destruction.
A simple meal up on Deck 15 after which I watch the last of the tenders returning to the ship. The weather has become colder and windier as the ship is about to retrieve her anchor and we are ready to head out to sea at 19:00. Spent some time reconciling our on-board account to ensure there's no surprise when we disembark on Sunday. Our disembarkation documents have arrive and we don't have to leave the ship until 10:00 after which there's a short taxi ride to the Bus Station.
Nothing more to do before we advance the clocks by an hour before going to bed. The difference in time-zone is for our visit to France on Saturday.
A sea day tomorrow.
Until next time. Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony