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14th September, 2012


We had a nice comfortable night alongside, safely tucked up while the winds blew across Denmark. By morning the winds had eased, but it was still rather blustery so I advised our Guests to wrap up warm. The port of Kalundborg is conveniently located near Copenhagen, it was only a short bus ride to reach the Danish capital. We docked under fair skies that got progressively worse as the day went on, but nevertheless spirits were high and everyone was excited to be heading out to explore.

The first of the tours to depart the ship today was the ‘Roskilde Vikingships’, an interesting excursion exploring Denmark’s Viking Heritage. This was followed up by the ‘Copenhagen Canal Cruise’, the most popular of all the tours leaving the ship this morning. The all-day tour had many highlights included a meal at a local restaurant, and of course a cruise on the wonderful Copenhagen canals.

In the ‘Lerchenborg Manor House and Birkegaarden Garden’ tour, guests were able to explore the houses of the local aristocracy. Whilst in the ‘Kalundborg Walking Tour’, the last tour to leave the Britannia Lounge, passengers were taken to a regional museum, featuring a miniature historical village, as well as the famous Kalundborg Cathedral.

On sailing we had the usual sailing squalls, with heavy rain and high winds just as we are about to manoeuvre off the berth. The port is very tricky to get out of and we used tugs today as this ship carries a lot of windage, so needed the tugs to help control our drift as we passed between the buoys in the channel. Once the pilot disembarked we released the tug boats and we proceeded south down the Great Belt, passing under the spectacular Stoerbelt bridge at Korsor. I piloted the ship down this narrow channel which is always very interesting and I let the Officer of the Watch take the con under my supervision to give him some experience in close quarter manoeuvring, and they all did extremely well.

Our Destinations Lecturer gave an early evening talk on the upcoming port of St Petersberg. Obviously this was extremely well attended as the beautiful Russian city is arguably the highlight of this cruises itinerary. It was an informative talk and it's a delight to have the wonderful and charismatic Keith Pritchard on board.

The highlight of tonight’s entertainment was the performance of our UK guest act ‘Jamie Michael Stewart’ in the Britannia Lounge. A star of the television program ‘The Love Boat’, audiences members were wowed by Jamie’s warm dulcet tones and silky professionalism. Or for something completely different, Sandie and Louise from our on board Show Team performed a sassy 60’s and 70’s themed cabaret upstairs in the Drawing Room.

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