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21st June, 2016

Well, it was a rather early start this morning. The pilot boarded at 5. 30 and we then sailed 35 miles up the Weser River before we docked at Columbus Quay terminal around 8 o’clock. The weather finally showed its better side and the nice warming sun was appreciated by all.

Bremerhaven is a part of municipality of Bremen and a very busy port –the fourth largest container port in Europe. The main terminal was just astern of us and those enjoying a late breakfast could watch the countless boxes coming in and out of the large container vessels. Shortly after lunch the exciting trips organized by the Shore Excursion Team were about to start. First one took our guests not only around Bremen City, but most importantly for some, to the Beck’s Brewery. Next tour - the “Mercedes Benz Works”, appealed to anyone with an interest in cars, including myself. I could not resist visiting the most modern motor manufacturing plants in Europe. The mesmerizing sight of making 1500 cars every day initially by robots, but then completed by humans on a long assembly line, reminded me of the pioneering time of Henry Ford. So much changed in over 100 years of the mass production, yet the principle remains the same. Full of brochures, day-dreaming of our next cars, we returned to the ship.

With a later departure, everyone could enjoy their dinner watching the ships passing by. While Sapphire was getting underway the Explosive Production Cast performed another fantastic show - “Totally Continental”- singing and dancing best known musical anthems from around continental Europe. As always those of our passengers in Cooper’s Bar were being entertained by our Resident Cocktail Pianist and in the Drawing Room by the wonderful Think Pink Duo.

Krzysztof Majdzinski

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