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22nd July, 2013


We left Dover near enough on schedule, into a keen coolish north easterly, which was a pleasant change for the heat of the previous few days I had been experiencing down in Cornwall. Cloud lingered the next day and, although it was warm enough, the skies did not clear until much later. On board we are full with every cabin sold and, although there are a number of familiar faces, there are a great many Saga new comers. In fact I met some folk at the cocktail party who had never cruised before, (they have some catching up to do) it was a jolly affair.


We sailed into Stavanger the following morning and the skies remained blue all day, light breezes being enough to keep everyone from overheating; it seems we have brought the high pressure with us. In town were two other larger cruise vessels and we were placed on the berth where the bow and stern appeared to stick out into space, on a corner as it were, and that is the way of things these days. Perhaps to many cruise ships wishing to dock in places where only smaller ships, by today’s standards, were expected many years ago when the docks were originally built.

This affected our folks not one iota, the tours went away and they came back full of praise for the Fjaere Gardens or the Lysefjord boat trip (Pulpit Rock – very impressive), while the independents enjoyed the stroll around the city conveniently placed a few steps away from the bottom of the gangway. From our elevation on the top deck we had great views even without going ashore.

At seven we departed, in time to pass through the narrow waters just to the east of Kopervik, and under the low bridge with just a few meters to spare, all suitably timed so that it occurred between dinner and show time.

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