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5th April, 2018

After a restful night’s sleep, my alarm woke me up at 0700 ready for me to start work at 0800. Following a night alongside there are a few things that I need to do.

Firstly, and most importantly, is the cup of coffee on the bridge! From there I took a walk along the dock to read the drafts of Saga Pearl II (this is the amount of the ship that is below the water line). I get these figures in order that I can, with the aid of a computer, calculate the ship’s stability. Pleased to report Saga Pearl II is upright and stable.

Today our guests have been able to enjoy one of our shore excursions. They had the chance to sample “Bayeux and it’s Tapestry”, to see the delights of “Giverny and Monet’s Garden”. We also had tours to the “D-Day Landing Beaches” and to visit “Deauville and Calvados”. Deauville is a seaside resort on the Côte Fleurie of the Normandy region and our passengers were able to sample Calvados, an Apple Brandy which is local to the Normandy Region.

While our guests were ashore, it was time for our weekly crew drill. This week we had a simulated fire within our galley. Don’t worry we were able to put the fire out which meant that Lunch and Dinner were served without a hitch.

With a busy morning completed it was time for lunch. My afternoon was spent on my handover notes and paperwork as I will be leaving Saga Pearl II at this end of this cruise to go on leave.

Our departure this evening was at 1730. With everyone on board, the bridge team completed the final pre-departure checks and Captain Sunderland spoke with our local harbour pilots about the planned manoeuvre from Honfleur. The river here has a tidal range of 6m, this means that we can experience strong currents. This evening we had an ebb current of 2kts. Ebb is where the water flows from High Water to Low Water and Flood is from Low Water to High Water.

Today’s photos are from our departure from Honfleur as we sailed in to the sunset. The pilot left us at 1900 and we set a westerly course to Cherbourg. All that is left for me to say is to wish you a good night from the Bain de Seine.

Staff Captain Simon Westall

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