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15th September, 2013

We are going to have a few days when Saga Ruby and ourselves will be in port together, but because of the berth availability we may not necessarily be that close. Fortunately the Stockholm harbour authorities had agreed a change of berth allocation and Captain Wesley brought his ‘chariot’ in just astern of us a few hours after our arrival, having been delayed because of works going on in the Kiel Canal.

While passengers were taking advantage of tours and the shuttle bus facility into the city, a number of familiar faces came visiting and, as I understand it, the hotel department used the two vessels proximity to have some items which might be useful to this vessel brought over from Saga Ruby. Captain ‘Wes’ came over for a chat and ended up having to assist our new lady Crew Manager who had arrived with us just a few days before and was going to sail with his vessel overnight in order to get to know ‘a few faces’. A worthwhile exercise in our business where sometimes folks from the office rarely, if ever, meet some officers and crew from the ships.

As autumn is just around the corner and the days are getting shorter, I elected to maximise the passengers stay by remaining alongside an extra forty five minutes and leave through the northern fairway of the archipelago. We have an ‘exemption’ which allows night time passage, but only through that fairway as the other has a rather tight turn where there is no room for error close by the pilot station. It was late when our two pilots left. 

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