5th July, 2019
St Peter Port
A sunny Thursday afternoon in Dover saw us depart on our next adventure, entitled ‘Highland Heritage.’ Our first route would take us westward through the English Channel overnight towards the second largest Channel Island, Guernsey.
A splendid morning dawned on Friday, promising us much sunshine and calm weather for our day at anchor off Guernsey’s main town – St Peter Port. The weather is of particular importance today because we must run a tendering operation in order to disembark passengers ashore; Saga Sapphire is too large to enter St Peter Port harbour. As many cruisers out there will know, if sea conditions are choppy, it makes it difficult to embark our tenders alongside the ship, and the operation may have to be cancelled for safety reasons.
With its magical mix of French and English culture, this endearingly quaint and well preserved port has neat rows of Victorian, late Georgian and Regency architecture to explore. Alternatively, you could pop into the local butcher for a jolly good sausage roll. Our most ambitious guests could probably manage both. Whatever you do, St Peter Port itself is well worth a good roam-around on foot.
For those who wished to branch out and explore the rest of Guernsey, we of course ran tours to try and suit all desires. The most interesting sounding one has to be the ‘Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Tour.’ Don’t ask. There were more ordinary-sounding options though; for those wanting something a bit more simple perhaps a boat trip to nearby Sark would appeal, or a trip around the Guernsey in a vintage bus, or even a visit to the bunkers built during the German occupancy of WW2.
Having visited Guernsey a few times previously (being a Jerseyman) I decided to spend my day on board, and enjoyed a fantastic lunch along with some other passengers sitting out on the aft Veranda Deck. It couldn’t have been a more perfect first day of the cruise.
As the sun closed in over the island and the western horizon, it was time for our last tender ferry trip to head back before we hoisted her back on board, and commenced weighing the anchor at around G&T time. Calm sea in the English Channel prevailed as we did a little scenic cruising past the coast of Jersey for guests to enjoy during supper time, prior to heading north on the well-trodden cross-channel ferry route up to the south coast of the UK. Next stop – the MOD port of Portland tomorrow. Weather forecast: excellent!
Captain Kim Tanner
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