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31st May, 2013


From Skagen, Saga Sapphire made her way down the Kattegat before entering the Samso Belt between the Islands of Samso and Zealand, the island that is home to Copenhagen as well as our next port of call, Kalundborg. It was in the Samso Belt that we encountered that weather that seafarers like the least, fog!

Proceeding through the fog enshrouded waters, which were fortunately almost devoid of other shipping; it was only a couple of hours before we picked up the harbour pilot for our destination. Situated at the top of the Great Belt on the Eastern side of Zealand, Kalundborg is a port that I have visited several times over the years. It has a particularly tight turn before entering the harbour and not a great deal of room to turn the ship before the berth, so it was going to be even more interesting in the fog. Fortunately with the inventions of GPS, Radar and electronic charts, it’s a lot easier today than it would have been in the past.

Once alongside safely it was evident that the forecast sun was going to appear as promised, with the fog gradually being burnt off, revealing the port and town gradually mile by mile.

Passengers made ready to go off on tour, with some making the 65 mile trip to Copenhagen, whilst others chose to explore closer to the ship.

By the time the tours had departed the sun had completed its work on the fog, and the striking five spired “Church of Our Lady” was clear to see, with temperatures climbing up to 24 degrees C.

On sailing, a local folk dance group performed for the entertainment of our passengers and Saga Sapphire clung to the line of buoys marking the tight turn before preparing to enter the Great Belt after the pilot had disembarked.

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