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Saga Pearl II blog - Captains' blogs

10th July, 2018

Our arrival this morning in to Stavanger with the sun shining, and the winds light, perfect conditions! We did indeed embark our pilot at 0530 and then it took 2 hours for us to be safely docked in Stavanger.

Today I had the pleasure to dock Saga Pearl II with advice from our local pilot and, of course, Captain Nick. As we approached the berth I swung the ship through 180⁰ and then once that was completed we sailed astern towards our berth. This meant that on departure we were able to sail out in straight line. We were all safely docked with the gangway in position by 0730 which meant it was time for a well-earned breakfast. Today joining us in Stavanger was a P&O ship. As we were the small ship, by some 3000 passengers, we were able to dock directly opposite the main town, so less walking distance for our guests.

Every week we carry out crew drills on board to ensure the crew are trained and ready to respond to any eventuality. Today’s exercise was a joint exercise with our Shore Management Team, which I am pleased to report went well. The drill involved us evacuating the crew to the quayside as you can see in the photo. With the drill and debrief complete it was time for lunch, just a salad today.

The tours on offer today for our guests were varied and ranged from a Helicopter flight over the Pulpit Rock, to a boat trip along the Lysefjord to see the Pulpit Rock from the sea. Then we had some tours that took in the sights and surroundings of Stavanger.

With everyone back on board we completed our pre-departure checks and shortly afterwards let go our mooring lines and proceeded back out in the harbour, passing the water front apartments. From the berth to the pilot station took us one and half hours to sail the 16 nautical miles to the pilot station. We disembarked our pilot at 1930 and from there we set Southerly courses out in the North Sea, heading for a day at sea and our home port of Dover.

Whatever you choose to do this evening, have a relaxed and enjoyable night.

Staff Captain Simon Westall

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