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31st May, 2012

Kalundborg by Assistant Cruise Director Kayleigh McMahon

On our second port of call on this cruise Saga Sapphire sailed into Kalundborg, Denmark. We arrived at 8am which gave our guests plenty of time to go ashore and explore.

For those not travelling independently they could take one of the three tours on offer today. Roskilde Viking ships being the first to leave which took our guests across the island of Zealand on the way to the ancient town of Roskilde, former capital of Denmark and home of the spectacular Viking Ship Museum. The Museum was built to house and reconstruct the five Viking Ships that were rescued from the harbour, which had originally sunk intentionally in 1962 to protect from attack. Outside the museum they could find the Museum Island with an archaeology workshop and working Viking boatyard where master craftsmen make replicas of Viking-age wooden boats and longboats, using the same materials and techniques the Vikings did. To conclude the tour our guests visited the Roskilde Cathedral, which has been the traditional burial place of Danish Kings and Queens for more than 500 years and now houses 37 Royal Tombs.

The second tour to leave was the Copenhagen Canal Cruise combining a city tour with a relaxing canal cruise. Boarding the coach in Kalundborg our guests set out on a guided tour of the city centre, driving past the Royal Palaces and famous places of interest. After lunch, a leisurely canal cruise transported them along many narrow canals of the inner city and across the harbour before returning back to the ship.

The final tour for those adventurous passengers was the Kalundborg Walking Tour, beginning in the upper part of Kalundborg where the tour commenced. Dating back to the 12th century this part of the town is home to old streets, alleyways and early buildings. Our guests viewed the 800-year old Church of Our Lady, Museum of Kalundborg pausing by the Old Bishops Yard ending their tour with a walk back to the town square and main shopping street where they could return back to the ship our maybe carry on with some souvenir shopping.

On-board Saga Sapphire, Cruise Staff Resty entertained our guests with games such as shuffleboard, table top football and bean bag boules throughout the day.

As we sailed away this afternoon guests could join all of the Cruise Staff out on the back deck for a cocktail with musical accompaniment from pianist Andy Law.

Tonight along with his officers Captain Philip Rentell hosted a Newcomer’s Cocktail Party in the Britannia Lounge for all those guests joining us for the first time not just on Saga Sapphire but to Saga cruising. The party was quite busy with lots of new faces and conversation flowing along with the sounds of The Sapphire Trio.

Following dinner this evening those keen quizzers could join Cruise Staff Michelle in the drawing room at 9pm as she put them through their paces with a fun general knowledge quiz.

Tonight’s Showtime saw Explosive productions proudly present ‘Lets Swing’ a magical journey through the greatest hits both Old and Modern from legendary swing artists following with music for dancing from the Sapphire Orchestra and our gentlemen hosts.

For those who wanted a night cap they could join Andy Law our cocktail pianist for cocktails in Coopers bar with a possible sing-song until late.

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