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7th August, 2013


Saga Ruby

Kalundborg lies on the west coast of Zealand and to reach there we had to pass around the north of the mainland, into the Kattegat, then onwards towards the ‘Belts’, the stretch of water which separates Copenhagen from the mainland and which is traversed by deeper draught vessels that need to enter the Baltic Sea. We approached in a gusty south west wind which was whipping up the otherwise calm waters. From the opposite direction, as luck would have it, Saga Ruby approached and looked quite superb with the sun being reflected from her superstructure and the spray being sent up from her bow wave. Three long blasts of the whistles were sounded in salute.


Many of our newly embarked passengers took the all day tour to Copenhagen, others had a more leisurely time strolling around this provincial little town that is very enthusiastic about its cruise ship visitors. There was a free concert in the impressive five spired Church of Our Lady, a wonderful brick building that is believed to have been built in the early 13th century. The church dominates the medieval part of the town and is surrounded by many well preserved half-timbered houses that have been carefully restored and painted in a variety of colours. We trampled the cobbled streets for an hour or so and took in the small street market before strolling down the main shopping area, then returning to acquire something that had caught my wife’s eye, a bargain I was told and one which will be very useful at home. We shall see. 

The complimentary shuttle bus put on by the town kept running throughout the day and a group of locals in period dress gathered on the quayside before our departure. When they had finished their singing and dancing we backed of the berth, giving them a friendly blast of the horn as we did so.

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