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7th December, 2017


A benefit of Zeebrugge is the harbour area is wide and open, navigation wise, so plenty of room to manoeuver. I embarked the pilot off the breakwaters, and had taken the option to take two tugs as it was far too windy to get Saga Sapphire's stern through the brisk 45 knots. I dropped the stern toward the berth at a fair rate and then used the wind to allow the ship to fall onto the berth - using the tugs as my brakes.

All done just 10 minutes later than planned, despite our later departure from Ijmuiden last night.

Our guests enjoyed their shore excursions, nearly everyone took up the opportunity, but it was not a great day weatherwise. Some guests came back a little like the proverbial drowned rats, but happy in their wetness!

All on-board and we were off to Southampton, clearing the berth at just before 1800 and dropping the pilot at 1900. Meanwhile I was on the run again, down to the Britannia Lounge for the final event of the cruise.

We had a lot of first time with Saga cruisers on-board for this cruise. I do hope they enjoyed their time with us as much as we enjoyed their company, and we look forward to seeing them back on-board again soon.

Captain Stuart Horne

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