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24th August, 2017


Wow! What a day in Bergen.

It was a ‘short’ night with our later departure out of Olden yesterday and 0400 pilot this morning………… I was 1.5 hours early at the Bergen north Pilot station at Fedje, why?

Well, we had a couple of tower-block cruise ships due alongside at Bergen, one at 0700 and another at 0800. We were due at 0800! I was not about to let the Saga ‘efficiency of operation’ suffer because of the Italians [Costa] and Americans [RCL]……

Picking up the pilot shortly after 0400, we sailed through the inland passage down to Bergen. It was a fabulous sail-in as the sun rose from behind the mist-laden shoreline. Very dramatic.

Off the berth at 0630, Costa close on our tail. You can make Saga Sapphire seem extremely wide. We won the day!

I do like early arrivals, it gives time to breathe and plan the day. It really was a smashing day - sunshine all day long, a real turn-up for the books. Even the Staff Captain, young Tom, was happy - he could get the ship’s side freshened-up.

It’s a great destination, Bergen, even more so when the sun is shining. So many wonderful Shore Excursions to get involved with and, if independent, a great array of ‘doing it your way’ stuff to do. However, the day soon came to an end and it was time to head back home to Dover.

The Chief Officer had a chance to drive out this evening, conditions were good but he had to exercise his grey-matter for the manoeuvre. Letting go all our ropes we sailed south to the Pilot station, under the great bridge, finally bursting out into the open waters shortly before 7pm.

We are now pushing hard for an early Dover arrival on Thursday. It’s very, very, very low water on the Dover morning and I need to arrive before the water runs out!

Captain Stuart Horne

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