Category Archives: Cruising

Cruising on sv Cloud 9.

Sailing from Southampton, UK to Brittany, France

After returning to the boat in Southampton, we spent several weeks getting Cloud 9 ready to sail to the Mediterranean via France, Portugal and the Atlantic coast of Spain. The first step was from Humble River to Brittany with stops … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Transatlantic Cruise (April 13-30, 2013)

Starting in Galveston, Texas, we sailed across the Atlantic to Southampton, England. The 17 day trip was a wonderful, peaceful crossing and the ship was only two-thirds full of passengers so it was not crowded at all. After our first  stop … Continue reading

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Sailing North through the Norwegian fjords.

After leaving the Caledonian Canal, we left Inverness in Scotland to Norway. The crossing was calm with no wind and after motoring for 46 hours we arrived at our first port, Tananger near Stavanger. We sailed north from there, stopping off … Continue reading

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Motoring through the Caledonian Canal

On July 24, we entered into the Caledonian Canal near Fort Williams on the west coast of Scotland to take a short cut and to avoid the sometimes treacherous trip across the northern coast. The canal, with its 29 locks and … Continue reading

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The Firth of Clyde and Isle of Mull, Scotland.

On July 6, we left Bangor near Belfast and crossed over to Stranraer, a small town at the bottom of Loch Ryan in Scotland.  We spent about a week around the Firth of Clyde including the beautiful Isle of Arran. Despite our concerns about crossing the … Continue reading

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Loch Ranza on the Island of Arran

After several weeks of gray skies and rain, a beautiful sunset after a spectacular day in Scotland.

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The Giant’s Causeway

We took a bus tour around the north coast of the Northern Ireland to see the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and the Giant’s Causeway. As usual, the weather was not great but we were able to see these amazing sights between … Continue reading

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Ireland

We have been here almost one month and though we have enjoyed the two countries of this island and have enjoyed the people, we are getting tired of the consistent rain. After leaving Waterford, we sailed to the huge marina … Continue reading

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On the way to the Isles of Scilly

After Dartmouth, we stayed in Plymouth and Falmouth before moving on to the Isles of Scilly. We were only able to stay a full day in the Scilly’s before we had to sail north to Ireland to avoid an incoming storm. Basically, … Continue reading

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From Poole to Dartmouth via Weymouth

After picking up the new anchor in Poole, we started sailing west along the Jurassic Coast to Portland. The weather was still a little cool but the white lime cliffs shimmered in the beautiful sun. There was almost no wind so we had … Continue reading

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