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30th March, 2018


Guernsey, to do or not to-do, that was the question late last night. With the wind, or more importantly, the forecasted swell, the safety of our Guests was as always uppermost on my mind. After an on board discussion it was decided that sadly Saint Peter Port was going to be a challenge too far this time! I wanted to offer an alternative destination and we found a berth available to us in Cherbourg. Not quite sure how their dock-staff took to the idea of attending to a cruise ship on Good Friday, but hey-ho, my Guests are my top priority.

Nat, the Shore Ex Manager, hurriedly put together a tour and shuttle buses all-day for the short run into town. The Daily Programme was re-profiled, printed, delivered and communicated. It’s amazing what it takes to just ‘change’ a port.

We embarked the Pilot, an old friend of mine, just outside Cherbourg breakwater at 0800 this morning and berthed just after 0900. Franko, the ‘singing’ Staff Captain drove in this morning.

The gangway was in and the ship cleared by the local authorities very quickly which enabled the tour to get ashore.

Overall I am pleased we had the day in port, although it was rather wet and cold. Many guests stayed on-board and enjoyed the programme of activities and events laid on by the entertainments team, headed by John Parton.

With guests all on-board early, it was ‘land the gangway’ and ‘let-go’. We were off to Bremerhaven. My Chief Officer, Emmeline, drove out this evening. A little challenging with the off-shore breeze setting Saga Sapphire up to the next berth, but with a bit of a heavy foot on the gas pedal we were away.

Day at sea tomorrow, time to catch up with all that ‘admin’!...

Captain Stuart Horne

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