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15th April, 2017

As we leave Southampton on Good Friday, there is real excitement in the air as our guests sail off towards Cherbourg for the first port on our Easter Escape Cruise. With 660 Guests on board, of which almost half are new to Saga Cruises, we have the opportunity to show them the Saga Way!! Having been chauffeured down to Southampton they arrive relaxed and already in holiday mode. With a crew of 423 to look after them they soon experience Saga Cruises personal attention, excellent food, complimentary wine at lunch and dinner and the  small, friendly ship feel. 

It's Saturday morning and at 0715 we embark the local pilot for the 7 mile run into our berth. It’s a fresh morning with winds around 15-20 knots. Once we get in to the inner harbour the wind drops down to 15 knots and I am able to dock the ship without a tug. At 0845 we are all clear and our Guests are free to proceed ashore. 

Unsurprisingly no-one other than those on tour are rushing ashore as  with great entertainment last night and an hour forward on the clocks a “leisurely”start is the order of the day. The first of our Tours head off to Cap de la Hague, closely followed by a trip to the Bayeux Tapestry Museum & Cathedral. I decide to have lunch on board and then head off on my bike for a ride along the coast. After battling the head winds I look forward to the return ride. After an hour of exercise it's time to stop for a caféau lait and a small patisierre.

With everyone back on board we set sail. Captain Richard Lambert is “driving”out tonight as he's here to take over from me for 4 days from 18-22 April whilst I head home on compassionate leave. As an experienced seafarer he takes it in his stride and we weave our way out of the harbour. 

After we are clear I head down to the Britannia Lounge to host the Captain's Cocktail Party. These are always a great event and I get the opportunity to introduce my Senior Officers.  After the party it’s time to host my table, and again this is where Saga Cruises do this so well. After dinner our Guests are entertained with the production ”Walk Like a Man”–the ultimate tribute to rock'n roll legend Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. 

Captain Julian Burgess

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