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Saga Pearl II blog - Captains' blogs

24th February, 2018

Well it looked like we would be blessed with the weather yet again. A little windy in the approach fjord to Narvik but I was assured by the pilot that by our berth it was zero wind! Indeed the pilot was right and we were able to get the ship in a little quicker.

Many of our Red Army were keen to get off and down the gangway ready to go exploring in this great port, or to go skiing or snowboarding if they felt like it!!   Narvik was seized by the German forces in the 2nd World War. They were overthrown by the Anglo-French expeditionary force on the 28th May, who in turn were compelled to evacuate on the 9th June due to the collapse at the French front.

There’s lots to see and do in Narvik. Our tours today were looking at the highlights and pride of Narvik along with the famous Ofotbanen Railway.

We have also, since Tromso, had an important guest onboard, our Group CEO of Saga PLC – Mr Lance Batchelor and his wife Wendy. I hope they enjoyed their time with us, and the Saganauts onboard, as they make their way home today.

Well the evening seemed to come round quickly, and we were ready to set sail. For departure we moved the ship away from the berth and back a bit so we could swing clear at the bow and then we proceeded out of the port. After sailing out of the approach fjord we dropped our pilot Rolf (who is a local legend and very nice chap by the way!!!) at the Lodingen Pilot station. Time to set sail for the south and towards Kalvag, which is a new port for us here at Saga. Let’s go have a look!!!!

Captain Nick Sunderland

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