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Log of the Cruise – Invergordon 27th May 2014



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 (The following log features extracts from the Ship’s Official Log Book, with the entries recorded by the Officer of the Watch on the Navigational Bridge - British Isles with Ruby Princess May 23 to June 4, 2013)

 Throughout the early hours of the morning we transited the Moray Firth, embarking the local pilot as we entered the Cromarty Firth at 06:44. During our arrival to Invergordon thick fog was encountered. The bridge team contacted the harbor authorities and confirmed the port was open and that Ruby Princess could make way into the port and come alongside the pier. The Commodore and the bridge team deemed the approach safe and made way towards the berth. Internationally, some ports close and stop all port operations in restricted visibility, making approaching ships divert to an alternative anchorage or standby in the harbor approaches. A distance of 8 miles was travelled from the pilot station to our berth, navigating clear of the anchorage oil rings, some being repaired and others being dismantled. We eventually arrived at our berth at 07:50, confirming visibility of 80m/260ft, and all was ready by 08:11 for passenger operation to commence.
 Once it was confirmed that all souls where onboard and departure checks completed we slipped the mooring lines and were all let go by 18:07. With help of our pilot, we navigated clear of Cromarty Firth, disembarking him at 18:37 we then set an easterly courses transiting Moray Firth. At 22:00 Ruby Princess re-entered the North Sea we set a northerly course following the east coast of Scotland towards the Pentland Firth.


Weather experienced during the day:
Sky: Mostly Cloudy Skies; Wind: North Easterly Beaufort Force 2
Temperature: 13ºC/55ºF; Barometric Pressure: 1020,8 mb
Sunrise: 04:31; Sunset: 21:56
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Inverness - Urquhart Castle And Loch Ness



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Invergordon - Inverness by BUS



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Invergordon - Walking Tour



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Log of the Cruise – South Queensferry 26th May 2014



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(The following log features extracts from the Ship’s Official Log Book, with the entries recorded by the Officer of the Watch on the Navigational Bridge - British Isles with Ruby Princess May 23 to June 4, 2013)

 During the night at 02:00 the ships clocks set back 1 hour to UK time. The Ruby Princess entered the Firth of Forth early this morning and began following westerly courses towards South Queensferry. Our local pilot boarded at 05:22. He assisted us in our navigation towards the anchorage position, just east of the iconic Forth Railway Bridge. During our stay in South Queensferry it is mandatory that the ship keep one local pilot onboard throughout the day to assist maintaining the ship position. We were safely anchored by 06:42, and with six ships tenders and one shore tender in the water we commenced our tendering service.
 Once all passengers and crew where safely back onboard at 17:07 Ruby Princess commenced heaving her port anchor. At 19:10 Ruby Princess encountered a problem with the winch that is used to raise tender 19 out of the water, heaving of the anchor was suspended. A hydraulic seal failed under pressure. This problem was quickly remedied by the ships engineers and Ruby Princess began to heave her starboard anchor once more at 19:50. With pilot already onboard we retraced our track back out of the buoyed channel of the Forth, disembarking the pilot at 20:55, leaving the Bass Rock on the Firth of Forth, where we then set a northerly heading at 23:00, entering once again the North Sea, to commence our coastal passage along the east coast of Scotland.


Weather experienced during the day:
Sky: Overcast Skies; Wind: East North Easterly Beaufort Force 3
Temperature: 14ºC/57ºF; Barometric Pressure: 1018,5 mb
Sunrise: 04:43; Sunset: 21:38
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