The ship arrives in Belfast, Northern Ireland around 7AM. We are tied up with our starboard side to the pier and a fairly narrow channel of water to our, open, port side, The far side of this water is bordered by some old, brick buildings and in the distance you can see huge, yellow, gantry cranes with H and F painted on them. We don’t notice it at first, but there is a large, dry concrete trough in the ground by the old brick buildings. It runs parallel to the waterway on which we are docked.
A shuttle bus will start running into town at 9AM so we have breakfast a little earlier than usual and catch the first bus. It drops us downtown in front of the visitor information center where we buy Jack his pin and two tickets for the City Tour HOHO bus. We walk a block or so to where we catch the bus and Dick visits with a man who works for the tour company. Our bus arrives on time and we get front row seats, under cover, as it is threatening rain.
Off we go and are soon turning into the area where Harlan and Wolf had their shipyard and where RMS Titanic was built. We get a good look at the huge, yellow cranes (no longer in use) and are told that up until 1974 they were the largest in the world. It turns out that the old brick building mentioned earlier is the pump house for the dry dock (see large, dry, concrete trough mentioned above) in which RMS Titanic was built. Pretty neat!
There are political murals on the fronts and sides of many buildings in both types of neighborhoods.
Just before sailing, the Captain comes on the PA system and tells us to expect a rough night tomorrow and tomorrow night before some improvement in the seas and winds in time for our arrival in Reykjavik, Iceland. The system left over from Leslie has moved on past our course, but the seas and winds are still high. We eat dinner early and are back in the room by 8:30PM. The ship has started to move quite a bit, our patio door is whistling from the 50MPH wind and a warm bed seems to be the best place to weather the storm.