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Zadar, Croatia

Saga Sapphire blog - Captains' blogs

2nd April, 2017

Strong winds were forecast for our arrival into Zadar so a tug was ordered and we chose to arrive very early to avoid the stronger winds often associated with sunrise.

With the pilot on board at 0600 we discussed our mooring plan and where to secure the Tug. 15 mins later the Tug had broken down. Staying calm was the answer and ensuring the whole Bridge team was clear with our new plan!! The wind was not as strong as forecast and we were able to swing off the pier and then “back down”to our berth. A rather enjoyable manoeuvre, especially as it was a beautiful twilight period before sunrise. We were all fast alongside by 0715 , however I held off on the morning broadcast until closer to 8 o’clock.

Zadar is the historical centre of Dalmatia as well as the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Zadar. With 4 shore excursions on offer today there was something for everyone, and of course the complimentary shuttle bus that Saga offers in most ports.

I often take breakfast and lunch with different Guests at the Verandah restaurant and I get to find out “what is really happening around the ship”. During today’s lunch the Guests were sharing their experience of Zadar with me, which left me in no doubt about taking a “whizz”round. So in the afternoon I took the opportunity to jump on my bike again and tour round the city centre.

Attached are a few photos from my cycle trip which show what a lovely place this is with cobbled narrow streets, impressive fortifications and plenty of cafes. Out by the coast there was a natural orchestra playing due to a number of pipes buried in the sea –difficult to explain but something worth visiting with any call to Zadar.

We departed shortly after 1800. Having completed an interesting manoeuvre where we pivoted around the fenders at the end of the pier, we headed off towards our final Croatian port, Hvar.

Captain Julian Burgess

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