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16th September, 2019


Yesterday at sea was not without the ‘motion of the ocean’, but as planned, by pushing through overnight, we found the afternoon to be a much calmer affair.

Embarking the Pilot later than usual, there was a large Costa vessel berthing ahead of us, we cut across the port, shaped-up for our berth at CT1 and were alongside for 0815. I drove in this morning, just to keep busy!

So, here we are in Dover and in the process of disembarking our guests from the “Summertime in Artic Norway” adventure. It has been a fascinating cruise, great ports and about 50% of the total itinerary ‘time’ above the Arctic Circle, quite a cruise indeed.

We now have two days in Dover, Monday and Tuesday. It’s what we call ‘maintenance’ overnight and allows the ship team to get some important, and often, noisy maintenance jobs out of the way. Not many cruise companies would countenance such a ’layover’, as they say, “if the heels aren’t turning, you’re not earning”. Good for Saga! It’s also a great opportunity for the ships team, some of which are always working the evenings, to work the daytime and have down-time in the evening.

Whilst talking of my crew, I just want to reach out to all of them and thanks them for their hard-work this past cruise, it has been quite challenging, one way or another. Thank you team for working with me to deliver these fabulous holidays for our Guests. Because I have not got any ‘Dover’ photos to share, I thought I’d share with you a picture of my Long-haired German Shepard cross Colie with his “when are you coming home” look!

Captain Stuart Horne

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