PLEASE send our thanks to the crew of MV Astoria for their help and patience during the aborted cruise from Poole, many of whom now face an uncertain future. Thank you also to the Harbour Commissioners staff for facilitating our exit.

It was our shortest cruise ever. Down eight feet at low tide, up eight feet at high tide, repeated twice. Our inability to make use of our Icelandic and Faeroe Islands currency brought a whole meaning to KRONA -virus.

It’s probably the last time Astoria will come to Poole if only because of her age. We hope that smaller cruises liners will continue to use Poole in the future.


Merley Lane, Merley