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13th September, 2012


We arrived at the anchorage at Skagen, but as we proceeded in to our final position I could instinctively see that today was going to be a difficult decision. The waves and swell were marginal, and I stopped the ship and had the two shell doors open near the waterline for my Safety Officer Steve James to make an appraisal of the conditions. The reason we do this is it can be very deceptive from higher up but through my experience I could see from the bridge it wasn’t really doable. Steve confirmed my suspicions and with the forecast due to increase as the day went on, I regrettably had to abort the call. It is a very difficult call to make but it only takes one slip or breakage of someone’s limb as you transfer them into a small tender in rough weather, and it can ruin everybody’s day, and I will not risk my passengers lives or even my crew, as a lot of people forget, my crew have to operate in these conditions so I have to look after their safety as well. I broke the news to the passengers and John Parton and his team did a fantastic Job in quickly rearranging the day’s events as we sailed towards Kalundborg. After an hour of sailing, the wind picked up so I was happy I had made the right decision. So the ship went into full swing to provide an impromptu day at sea as we set sail for an overnight in Kalundborg.

We started off the day with a new addition to our daily games, Virtual Golf played upstairs in the Drawing Room. Hosted by our Cruise Host Fernando, it was fun-filled hour as Guests aimed for a hole in one. This was followed up with a game of that old nautical favourite Shuffleboard, on the outer decks.

The highlight of the morning would have had to have been a chance to ‘Meet the Cast’ in the Britannia Lounge. It was an informative forty-five minutes in a question and answer format, were the members of Show Team related some of their experiences and ended with Guests being given the opportunity to ask a variety of theatrical questions.

At twelve noon, just before lunch, our Cruise Director John hosted the ‘Sherlock Holmes Murder Music Quiz’. Accompanied live on the piano by Martin Orbidans, it was an intriguing 45 minutes with lots of laughter and some great old melodies from yesteryear providing the clues to solve the another baffling Holmes case.

After lunch there was a chance to watch some classic comedy sit-coms in Coopers, or a game of Dominoes in the Verandah. Of course there was the traditional Saga Afternoon Tea in the main lounge, with music provided by the delightful ‘Perfect Mood’.

At six o’clock our Art Historian, the lovely Rosalind Whyte, kindly offered to provide us with a beautifully illustrated presentation on some of the artists from todays’ missed port of call, in the popular lecture ‘The Painters of Skagen’. It was an informative pre-dinner conversation starter that well and truly rounded of a great un-planned day at sea.

We embarked our pilot at 1730 and were manoeuvring off the berth and all fast at 1900. The weather was calm but the pilot said the wind was due to pick up to 40 knots in a few hours so it was a great benefit that we could enjoy a quiet night alongside and let the low pressure move over us.

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