(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)
Early in the morning the ships clocks set forward 60 minutes in order to be on the same time as France. We then boarded our local pilot at 05:13, 7 miles outside the breakwaters of Le Havre. After safely boarding the pilot we proceeded thorough the breakwater and towards our berth. The ship was turned in the tight turning basin and maneuvered alongside her berth. All lines were fast and the gangways fully rigged at 07:11 and the first passengers proceeded ashore.
Ruby Princess lay quietly alongside her berth until departure where she the proceeded out of the harbour and buoyed channel, disembarking the pilot at 20:51 once clear of the last buoy. We then set a north easterly course towards the English Channel Traffic Separation Scheme or better known to mariners as a TSS. In the early morning we will pass though the Dover Strait and the White Cliffs of Dover will be on the port side.
Weather experienced during the day:
Sky: Mostly Cloudy with Showers; Wind: South Easterly Beaufort Force 3
Temperature: 15ºC/59ºF; Barometric Pressure: 1009,0 mb
Sunrise: 06:05; Sunset: 21:49