We had had a smooth crossing of the Irish Sea and spent the day rounding the South West  coast of Britain. We had travelled 2008 NM.

calm seas

calm seas

We had been blessed with glorious weather, the sea had been calm throughout, the sun had shone, we had seen spectacular scenery and been greeted by friendly people all round.

The Western Islands, which can be lashed by violent storms, had shown us their gentle side and we could easily have imagined ourselves in the South Pacific.

The crew had, as usual, looked after us with the friendliness and efficiency for which Fred Olsen is well known.

There was the usual programme of activities available, but most people were busy packing, swapping addresses and Email addresses with new found friends and enjoying the excellent meals, visiting the spa and then in the afternoon taking part in the raffle for the RNLI funds before enjoying the special selection of cakes and dainties at the tea dance.

Just as we were finishing our evening meal a message came over the tannoy for the crew, which we later found meant that a passenger had taken ill and was being transferred to the mainland by helicopter. Some of the crew members are trained to deal with this kind of emergency so it was interesting, if a bit ghoulish, to watch and add a prayer for a happy outcome.

helicopter rescue

helicopter rescue

Next morning we were all up for an early breakfast and then it was time for thanks and farewells as we disembarked.

This was speedily done and the trusty VW  was waiting for us. Three hours later we were back in Cardiff and Jennie and co. arrived with a bag of fresh food to tide us over the weekend.

It had been a lovely cruise and I had gone some way to fulfilling my ambition to see as many of the Islands of Britain as possible!

We enjoyed it so much that we have booked another short cruise soon to celebrate our Ruby Wedding!