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15th May, 2018

After a very smooth overnight transit through the Kattegat we approached the channel between Sweden and Denmark where there is the “fairy tale” castle at Helsingor – Shakespeare used this in Hamlet.

Pilot boarding was 1130 this morning and it was a beautiful arrival into Copenhagen with clear blue skies and a light breeze - a Cruise Ship Captain’s dream. On entering the harbour we passed one of my previous ships, the “new” Queen Elizabeth where I was in command for 2 years and had the honour of taking her on her Maiden World Voyage in 2011.

We arrived alongside at 1230 and guests were ready to proceed ashore by 1300 – we had the prime position in the harbour near the famous Mermaid - thank you Saga!!

Tours were going all round the city, including City Tour and Carlsberg (apparently Captain Horne’s favourite lager along with Carling when on vacation), Copenhagen & Rosenborg Castle Walking tour and the “Exhilarating RIB Boat Adventure”. For me it was a perfect day to head out on my bike, once again with my cycle buddy Rico and “push it” for an hour although there were so many bikes we had to be rather conservative!!.

Early afternoon was a treat with a fabulous lunch with my namesake at Fru Nimb, Tivoli gardens. I had some amazing fresh cod with a delicate green pasta, followed by Crème Brule (photos attached). In the evening I took a stroll ashore with Milija the Ship’s Doctor who is now a good friend. We headed for the “canal” area to have a fabulous dinner of risotto and then Boullibasse, followed by a gentle stroll back whilst enjoying a fabulous ice cream. Copenhagen really is the centre for Danish life and such a friendly and welcoming capital city!!!

It was a full 30+ hour overnight call in Copenhagen and our guests certainly enjoyed the extended call, the amazing weather, and the “prime” berth.

Copenhagen is home to nearly a 1/3rd of Denmark’s five million people, as well as the oldest established royal dynasty in Europe, headed by the popular Queen Margrethe II whose yacht was moored close to our berth. This lively capital spreads over 2 Islands and its narrow winding streets, gardens, boulevards, little shops and stuccoed houses give the city a fairyland quality.

On the 2nd day around 6.00 pm I headed out again for a “zippy” 40 minute ride before we departed – they are so geared up to cycling here. I managed to cover 10 miles.

At 2100 we departed our berth and moved astern with Tom, Staff Captain, taking the reins. A swift pirouette in the harbour and by 2130 we were clear of the harbour and sailing towards Aarhus and a majestic sunset.

Captain Julian Burgess

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