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17th April, 2018

Well, here I am back again on board Saga Pearl II, and what a pleasantly sunny day it was in Portsmouth. After completing hand-over formalities with Captain Sunderland, and reminding myself where all relevant buttons and knobs are on the Bridge, I carefully studied the latest weather forecast. It quickly became apparent that the weather Gods were presenting me with a pleasantly early challenge this time aboard. In between our little ship and the next planned port of call – Leixoes in Portugal – lay a particularly large north Atlantic depression. Goodness me – will winter ever end this year?

Thinking caps were quickly donned, and an alternative port of call was planned in order to avoid the stormy seas - Cherbourg in France, just across the English Channel. A large port serving a small town, this would be the perfect place to seek shelter until the weather passed and we could head southwards as originally planned.

The following day we approached Cherbourg in the morning sunshine and were alongside at 08:00, allowing those to pop off for a Moules Mariniere breakfast should they so wish. Strangely, nobody took me up on that offer and instead stayed on board for the famous Saga breakfast spread…

The sun shone all day. Those wishing to partake in the more popular Moules Mariniere lunch did so, and those passengers booked on our popular afternoon excursion to Val de Saire very much enjoyed it, I heard.

Evening closed in, and typically the only other ship in port (an Irish Ferry) had the same scheduled departure time as ourselves so. Feeling in a particularly gentlemanly mood, I opted to let him leave first. As the sun set over the distant stormy west, we set sail into a lazy north Atlantic swell, pleasingly having missed the bad weather and benefitted from a lovely day instead.

3 sea days lie ahead before our next port of call of Seville, where I am told that local fiestas and fireworks await us. Therefore, in between now and my next blog I shall have to search for my party hat…

Captain Kim Tanner

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