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13th July, 2012



A breezy day in Dover was followed by an equally breezy one going up through the North Sea, however we rode it well and, with over five hundred ‘newcomers’ on board, the ship seems to be buzzing just a touch more than normal. I understand we have approximately two hundred Women’s Institute members, some with their husbands. I did ask them at the welcome cocktail party whether they might be considering a new calendar, which of course brought a few smiles, but also some quite apparent enthusiasm. I have a vision of a nautical version of that delightful charitable effort, with a Saga twist of course.

Stavanger was far quieter than when we came a few weeks ago and, apart from numerous oil field service vessels, we had the quayside to ourselves, just opposite the delightful old clapperboard houses. The weather stayed dry, but rather cloudy, so within an hour of our arrival there were less than fifty folks remaining on board. It was basically a half day call so there was obviously no time to waste and I was almost run off the gangway platform as the ‘escape committee’ surged forward. Good fun though, as so many of our newcomers were obviously quite excited to be stepping ashore after such a long sea voyage. I must have heard ‘If you’re down here who’s driving?’ half a dozen times, my reply of course could only be, ‘We’re parked’. It was enough for them to break out into a minor fit of merriment, and then off they went.

We sailed after lunch and headed up through the inside fjords, chilly on deck, but many came on deck as we passed under the low bridge at Haugesund with just a few metres to spare. The cruise appears to be shaping up rather well, so fingers crossed for the weather.

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