Over 200 new cadets and crew arrived exhausted in Belfast early (very early) Thursday morning. At the airport, we met our buses that took us to the ship by about 01:30 local time to join the remaining cadets and crew. After getting settled on board everyone "hit the hay" to rest for the next 6 weeks. Activity began early when the sun came up as everyone got acclimated to life on the ship.
Maritime arranged for tours of some of the Belfast area attractions on Friday and Saturday. These included trips to the Giant's Causeway, the Bushmills Distillery and stops at locations used by the TV show "Game of Thrones". Many cadets and crew decided to tour the many sites of Belfast on there own. A popular destination was the new Titanic Museum complex two docks over from our berthing. Others just shopped in the heart of Belfast's shopping district or refreshed themselves at the City's many restaurants and pubs.
We shoved off about 09:00 on Sunday, mooring for training at the mouth of Belfast harbor until about 19:00. We are now underway, heading south through the Irish Sea to the Mediterranean and our next port of Split, Croatia.