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17th December, 2016


After a very busy day at sea on this Christmas Markets cruise, it was time to prepare for an early start for our arrival into Bremerhaven. Before we talk about having to wake up at 0345 for an 0430 pilot, here’s a little background to this cruise.

We sailed from Southampton with a very full ship, and a crew figure of 433  - a very high guest/crew ratio and one of the key features of why Saga can deliver personal service that other cruise lines would only dream of!!

It was great to see over 200 Newcomers to Saga Cruises and I’m sure that by the end of this 5 night cruise they will become party of the “Saga Family”.

It's Saturday morning and the phone rings at 0345 –now I’m an early riser however this was testing me just a tad! Once on the Bridge however  I’m in my arena. With the pilot on board at 0430 we started our 35M transit of the Weser river and arrived alongside as scheduled at 0800 hrs. The majority of our guests headed off on the “Bremen Freespirited at Christmas”tour to include a  stop at the Bremen Christmas markets –if you’ve never been to a Christmas market you have really missed out. Oh and don’t forget the fabulous gluhwein of course. 

With an evening departure we retraced our tracks from this morning and headed back to sea and en route to Ijmuiden. Our Guests had a real treat in the evening with “The 1960’s Show”from a fabulous 5 piece band called The Zoots. Hit songs from Roy Orbison, The Beatles, The Monkeys, The Rolling Stones, the Who and the Kinks made for a fantastic night of dancing on the stage, and in the aisles.

Captain Julian Burgess

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