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9th July, 2018


Here we are back in our Summer home port of Dover. Well, that was an interesting cruise with some great destinations and weather too. Whilst, you, my blog readers back in Blighty were ‘over-heating’, we on the Saga Sapphire were being freshened up by rather brisk and chilly winds. But we did have some good weather days too; cruising the inside-passage on the 2nd, was a real highlight for all of us.

Quite a few ‘back to back’ passengers embarking today – I’ll not ask how many suitcases they brought on-board! North Cape cruising in the ‘chill’ followed by the heat of the French western ports of this next cruise. That’s two extremes that requires a large wardrobe!

So, all change and even more names and faces I have come to know so well have embarked today; another reason to look forward to this cruise, the Harbour of Western France. Fortunately, the previous extreme heat of the south coast was limited to 19C today with a northerly cooling breeze; good job as I did not want to have my Guests standing out on the boat deck, in the heat, for too long during the Passenger Emergency Drill.

With the day’s proceedings coming to a close, we prepared to sail and Emmeline, the Chief Officer was up for driving out – swinging the Dover basin takes some thinking about as we routinely pass the bow close to the quay wall. It was a fine afternoon and it was good to get a Sailaway under way in the sunshine and we were out into the English Channel by 1700 and heading just south-of-west at a rather leisurely pace.

Turnaround days are always long hours; following the need to be up at 0300 to be on the Bridge this morning for arrival and seeing the ship settled down proceeding to our first port allows me to think about ‘reclining’ for the evening.

Captain Stuart Horne

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