All three fifth classes took a trip to Europort in Rosslare at the end of May. We had been learning about transport that month so it was a great experience to go on a ship. Stenaline were kind enough to show us around one of their ships that travel from Rosslare to Cherbourg in France. We arrived to Rosslare around 10.15 that sunny Monday morning and were met by Stenaline staff. They brought us into the terminal and gave us a quick tour. We got to go into the special customs lounge and even had our snack in there which made us feel very important.
At about 10.45 we got back on the bus and were driven up onto the ship. The bus driver had to do a three point turn on the loading deck which was nerve wracking but exciting. Once parked some of the staff led us into the ship and up the escalators. Once we reached the top of the escalators we were greeted by more Stenaline staff, in particular a very friendly purser who showed us the reception area and showed us how they communicate with passengers through and intercom. He also explained that safety checks must be done before we moved any further through the ship.
At 11 we were guided through the ship up onto the bridge. It is considered the control room. He explained that it is the captain who has the last call on every situation on the ship. He said it can be a stressful job because the captain holds the most responsibility of all staff on the ship. We asked lots of questions and found out lots of interesting information. We saw the sonar and radar and were introduced to some other staff that work on the bridge. Usually no more than five people work up there. Afterwards we walked back by the crew cabins and kitchen. The crew spend two weeks on the ship going back and forth to France and then they get two weeks on land. Lots of crew were asleep so we had to be very quiet making our way back down to communal area.
We then got to go to the cinema for awhile and watch a new movie called Shazam there. It felt like we were in a real cinema and we forgot for awhile that we were on a ship.
At 1pm we met two customs officers and a customs dog. The customs dog was a new dog so it was just learning how to do a customs check. We were told all about the training the dogs go through before they can be used in a raid or check. It was great fun watching the dog sniff everyone and everything for drugs or money. Conor was beside the lady with the sum of money so the dog stopped at him longer than anyone else. Conor panicked but finally the dog realised it was the lady who was carrying the money.
After the customs training we all went to the restaurant for some biscuits and orange juice.
It was a great day!
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