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29th March, 2017


Wow!!, that was a rather exciting arrival this morning.

All was calm as we approached the pilot station at 0700, our Chief Officer had the Con (Control) directing the course and speed and I had overall charge of course!! I took over just before we swung the ship and backed down towards our berth. The wind had picked up a little but still everything was comfortable and relaxed. As we made our final approach to the berth the wind started gusting very strongly and it was now a challenge to get the ship alongside. This is where experience and our BRM (Bridge Resource Management) really kicked in. With the Staff Captain, Pilot and myself working as a close team we let the bow drop down off the wind and brought the stern to within 5 meters of the dock so that we could run our first line ashore to hold the stern. For anyone unfamiliar with this manoeuvre, they might have been wondering what was happening!!

Anyway once we got our stern line ashore we were then able to thrust the bow back towards the dock and moored.

At 0830 the first of our Shore Excursions were off on the “Cable Car and Cavtat”tour. With the “Dubrovnik & Croatian Countryside”, Croatian Wine Delights, and Trebinje in Bosnia and Herzegovina tours available there is always a superb selection of Shore Excursions with Saga. For those not on tour a free shuttle bus was provided to the Old Town (another great feature of Saga Cruises is the free shuttle buses at most ports). Many independent Guests were headed for the walled city where you can walk right round the fortress of the old town.

With a 2030 departure everyone had a good 12 hours to enjoy this spectacular city on the Adriatic sea. With all lines gone we slipped away from our berth with only gentle Zephyrs helping our departure –wish we could have had that when we arrived!! Next port is Venice, after a day at sea.

Captain Julian Burgess

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