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Edinburgh & Leith

Saga Pearl II blog - Captains' blogs

18th August, 2018

We embarked our pilot this morning at 6am, a bit windy but we had prepared for this by ordering 2 tugs ready for our lock transit. We approached the lock made the tugs fast and entered the 31m gap. Once we were at the correct level for the harbour the lock door opened, and we manoeuvred in the harbour towards our berth. It is a great privilege to be in the same harbour as the Royal Yacht Britannia and to see her in all her glory.

Edinburgh itself is bustling with activity as we have the Royal Military Tattoo on (which we have tickets for – can’t wait!) the Fringe is also on and that brings with it such variety of entertainment. We also have one of Scotland’s finest tourist attractions – the Royal Yacht Britannia – in our own back yard, so it promises to be a perfect stay in this great city.

At 5:30pm myself and our Saganaut team got on our bus ready for the Tattoo. Tickets in hands and Eccles cakes ready for a snack we approached the Castle grounds from the Royal Mile and I took my seat in Section 5 D1 – very nice views! What a wonderful show we had and we all thoroughly enjoyed it! With various acts from Dancers, military bands, Bagpipes, Mr Blue Sky special, American riflemen to name but a few!!

With our overnight stay here in Leith for Edinburgh it was a great chance to grab some rest and do some more exploring on Day 2, and I chose to go shopping!

Our guests seemed to love our stay here and I certainly agree it was great. Next stop Dover and what a great way to finish the cruise!

Captain Nick Sunderland

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