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Honfleur, France

Saga Pearl II blog - Captains' blogs

4th April, 2018

Hello to you all, so you may have been expecting Captain Sunderland to complete the Maritime Mini Cruise blog, however the pleasure of the blog has fallen to me this cruise. Allow me to introduce myself. I am Simon Westall, Staff Captain of Saga Pearl II.

My responsibilities on board range from being Second In Command of Saga Pearl II, to being responsible for the Officer who hold the navigation watch on the bridge, to the maintenance and up keep of the ship. I am also responsible for the Crew Welfare on board and ensuring a happy crew. Which I am sure anyone who has sailed with us will agree, the crew are excellent.

Today we arrived in Honfleur, France. This as many of you may have noticed is not where we should have been. We have been monitoring the weather and unfortunately the weather conditions in St. Peter Port for today were not favourable so the decision to come to Honfleur a day early was made yesterday evening.

We disembarked our Portsmouth Pilot last night at 2055 at the Nab Tower pilot station, which lays to the East of the Isle of Wight. We then set southerly courses across the English Channel towards the entrance of the Chenal De Rouen where we then embarked our local pilot at 0530. Overnight we advanced our clocks over to French Summer Time. We were safely docked by 0800. We had one tour today that went to Rouen, most of our tours will be heading out tomorrow.

This cruise we have 112 Britannia members sailing with us and we have the great pleasure to welcome on board 167 new comers to Saga Cruises out of a total of 423 guests on board.

The weather today was good, we did have a passing rain shower, but it didn’t dampen anyone’s spirit.

Simon D Westall - Staff Captain

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