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29th August, 2018


This morning’s arrival into Skagen greeted us with rather cloudy skies but very little wind. This is my third call to Skagen (pronounced Skaine) and, as with any arrival/departure into a Danish port, Pilotage was not compulsory so I therefore allowed our Safety Officer Richard to dock the ship without. It’s a relatively small marina so our swing through 180’ had to be very precise before we moved astern towards the berth. We were all fast alongside by 0800 as scheduled and with clearance shortly thereafter our Guests were free to proceed ashore.

Skagen is Denmark’s northern-most town and in the far corner of Jutland. It is a real gem, and the feedback from our Guests has been very positive. Warm, friendly people who speak excellent English, they are only too willing to help. This was exemplified by tourist guides on the quayside who were there to offer guidance and answer any questions.

After crew emergency drills at 1000 and a good walk round the “parish” I headed out on my road bike. I still look forward to jumping on my Chris Boardman bike and today I headed down the coast. Skagen is a lovely spot with lots of white washed wooden house and of course contains some of those “happiest people” in the world. It was a superb paved cycle path that went on for miles and miles. The route took us out towards the beach then weaved through a forest of pine trees. I love the smell of these and with sunshine during the afternoon it was the perfect conditions for cycling. I really “pushed” it and covered 20 miles in 1 hr. 15 mins which gave me an average speed of 15.6 mph – up there with my best time for this sort of distance.

I was back on board by 1600 and after a deep 20 minute stretch and I headed to the Britannia Lounge for the Saga traditional afternoon tea – like all food with Saga there is so much choice and of a great quality.

With all the guests on board we made our preparations ready for departure and by 1840 had cleared the port and set course towards Kalundborg, Denmark.

Captain Julian Burgess

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