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7th June, 2018


This morning’s arrival into Skagen greeted us with a sunny and calm start. This is my second call to Skagen (pronounced Skaine) and, as with any arrival/departure into a Danish port, Pilotage was not compulsory I therefore chose 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 an 0830 breakfast meeting with my Senior Leadership Team (SLT) I cleared my desk and at 1130 was on my fabulous new Chris Boardman bike heading down the coast with my cycle buddy Rico. 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 as well it was the perfect conditions for cycling. We really “pushed” it and covered 20 miles in 1 hr. 15 mins which gave an average speed of 15.6 mph – my best time ever for this distance.

I was back on board by 1300 and after a deep 20 minute stretch and a shower I headed to the Verandah for lunch. If the weather is good there is always a BBQ going, in addition to the regular full lunchtime menu. I love BBQ food and had some chicken with lots of cooked tomatoes and a terrific salad.

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

Captain Julian Burgess

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