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Sete

Saga Sapphire blog - Captains' blogs

5th March, 2018

After a short sea passage overnight we arrived at Sete. The Pilot had already decided we should take 2 tugs to control the ship into the tight berth allocated to us. After discussing the situation with him, we agreed on the best manoeuvre and continued with our approach. Chief Officer Emmeline took the ship through the breakwater and aligned her nicely for the Captain to make the approach to the pier and dock. We made fast the tug aft to assist with approach. With good team work, and cooperation with the Pilot, docking was smooth, although we did all get wet.

The port of Sete is situated in the Bay of Lions, just south west of Montpellier. It’s a very nice town to take a walk in and enjoy a cup of coffee.

As we docked I recognised the familiar sign on the pier, bringing back memories of my previous visits to Sete. During the day the weather cleared, but the wind remained. Again, to be on the safe side, for departure we asked for the assistance of a tug. As we got everything ready, the rain came again. I did ask the pilot if he was arranging it on purpose, as he came on board with his full rain gear on, while the Captain and I had only our jackets!

I was hosting a table at dinner after departure, so had come dressed and prepared. By the time we left the pier, swung around to starboard and walked from the Bridge wing inside, I knew I would have to change again before meeting our guests - I was wet once again.

Staff Captain Franko Papić

There was another great selection of tours available today, going to nearby medieval towns and cities of Carcassonne, Aigues Mortes, Arles and Montpellier.

Also, there was a scenic drive around the Thau Lagoon with vermouth tasting for those wishing a less energetic day.

Captain Richard Lambert

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