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15th August, 2015


I am pleased to announce that we may have broken the record while transiting the Kiel Canal. Sadly, it is not one to be really proud of as it was the slowest transit I have ever experienced. I guess the ‘German efficiency’ stereotype is not really applicable to the Kiel Canal. Nevertheless it did not stop us from arriving on time to our first port of call this cruise – Aalborg in Denmark – on time on Saturday morning and on the 70th Anniversary of V-J Day. A bright start to the day as the sun shone on this city dating back to around 700 AD. On the quayside, there was a hotdog-stand from which complimentary Danish-style hotdogs were available for guests all day long.

The first guests gathered in the Britannia Lounge ready to embark upon shore excursions at 8.30am. The first group set off on a journey to the most northerly town in Denmark, the town of Skagen, with its distinctive old yellow houses with red tiled roofs, and its lovely peaceful atmosphere, where they would have a spot of lunch, before heading to Grenen, at the very top of Denmark. The groups set off for tours entailing visits to Viking sites, including a burial site and a Fortress built in around 980 AD. Other guests went on walking tours around the city centre. The first group enjoyed views of all the main architectural gems of Aalborg with Jens Bang’s Stone House, the Budolfi Cathedral, the Monastery of the Holy Ghost and Aalborghaus Castle. The second group set off on a ‘Beer Walk’, going to 3 different pubs around the city, whilst visiting the city itself along the way: at the final stop, to soak up some of the beer, guests had a sumptuous salad with pickled herring, a local delicacy, and a shot of schnapps!

All aboard time today was 5.30pm as we set sail for Fredericia. At 6 o’clock in the Britannia Lounge, to commemorate V-J Day, we had a special Cocktail Party where passengers were invited to enjoy a glass of “Lest We Forget”, “Taste of Victory” or “Peacetime Punch”, whilst waving the Union Jack, and singing along to a selection of all-time favourites. Later, at 9.30pm, ‘Piano A Deux’, a husband and wife piano-duo took to the stage, with a show entitled “From Mistresses to Manhattan”. Later, the Saga Orchestra played music for dancing, while Martin Orbidans played in Cooper’s Bar, and the Two Hearts Duo played up in the Drawing Room till late.

Captain Krzysztof Majdzinski

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