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15th August, 2016

Kalundborg, Denmark

The two day run across the Baltic was routine, but against some fresh westerly winds, not that they deterred the Saganauts from taking their daily walk up top.

The local folk in Kalundborg were pleased to see us, so much so that several ladies on the dockside were almost forcing their real ‘Danish Pastries’onto whoever came off the gangway, including myself, the Security Officer and our Filipino water man Bert. There was a Viking camp with wood fire set up just before the excursion coaches, with Viking ‘maids’offering literature on the local attractions.

The great majority of our passengers set of in a series of buses to Copenhagen, there were a few however who went off to Lerchenborg Manor, a fine Baroque house in the Zealand countryside, and the Birkegaarden. On board, our day was somewhat different, as we had two gentlemen come to conduct the annual Flag State inspection on behalf of Malta. They were very thorough and I am pleased to say were impressed with what they found, great news for all my colleagues who work very hard to ensure the ship meets all international safety requirements.

By the time we came to depart there seemed to be an influx of even more locals, all dressed up in medieval attire and looking like a scene from Robin Hood. They were marvellously supported by two shire horses one of whose riders was dressed in chain mail and looked like Richard III returning from the Crusades. I suggested the Saganauts come out and enjoy the spectacle and looking down from the bridge wing as we left the quayside, I could see them three deep on the boat deck waving furiously.

Captain Philip Rentell

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