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Fredericia

Saga Sapphire blog - Captains' blogs

9th June, 2018

Our third and final Danish port in our trio of calls to Denmark led us to an 08:00 arrival in the port of Fredericia. As we came close into our berth and started to bring Saga Sapphire alongside, the quayside band struck up, made up of 18 students from the local school. The pier was decked with flag waving locals, a fantastic tourist office set-up had been arranged and the Danish flag was flying from a dozen masts strewn along the quay. At 08:00 exactly, just as the gangway was about to be landed, cannon fire echoed throughout the ship, as a 3-gun salute greeted us, courtesy of the Fredericia Military Reserves. Only recently this port of call has appeared on cruise ship itinerary schedules and Fredericia really pulls out all of the stops to welcome ships, it being quite an event for both locals and cruise ships guests alike. The band continued to play as guests disembarked throughout the morning and, from the warm welcome at the pier, I knew our guests were in for a great day ashore.

Located centrally within the many islands that make up Denmark, at the narrowest point of the seaway known as the Little Belt, Fredericia is a working port and town, and perhaps not the prettiest of places, being over the years of great military importance within the region. Remnants of centuries old fortifications can be found throughout the town, from the 1500’s though until 1945. However what it lacks in natural beauty it certainly makes up for in charm and charisma.

At the entrance way to the town, flanked by canals and bridges, no more than 100 metres from our berth, markets stalls and pop up restaurants and bars lined the streets. Live music performances could be seen on several street corners, and every shop, eatery and home, seemed to be flying flags and enjoying the day. For a small town of 40,000 people, they certainly know how to enjoy their weekends, and the town was buzzing with entertainment of every variety.

With many guests out on excursion and many others exploring the town on foot, the ship felt quiet throughout the day. As the gangway become busy again as guests returned from ashore, the feedback and comments received were excellent. This little known port has made a big impact on our guests today. We now end our day and say good bye to Fredericia as we make our preparations for departure and our two day sail into the Baltic for our next destination of St. Petersburg.

Nat Green

Explore Ashore Manager

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