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18th September, 2018


After clearing Gothenburg port approaches at 0530 it was back to bed for 2 hours before arriving the same morning in Skagen, Denmark. As pilotage was not compulsory and I’d been here we proceeded to the harbour “solo”. Matt the Safety Officer carried out the docking with some strong winds onto the berth – with appropriate guidance and without the use of tugs it was certainly a well-executed docking. We were alongside shortly after 0830 and despite the fresh winds it was a beautiful clear and sunny day. Clearance from the port authorities is always very swift here so by 0900 our Guests were free to proceed ashore.

Skagen is Denmark’s northern-most town and in the far corner of Jutland. It is occasionally known in English as “The Scaw”. In the mid-19th century artists flocked to Skagen, charmed by the radiant light’s impact on the ruggedly beautiful landscape. Tourists are now drawn by combination of a busy working harbour, long sandy beaches and a bustling holiday atmosphere.

Skagen is a real gem, and the feedback from our Guests is always very positive. Warm, friendly people who speak excellent English and 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. I normally take a bike ride but today was a question of having lunch with the guests and then having a “little siesta” to catch up on some broken sleep.

Unfortunately, due to very strong winds on to the berth we had to delay sailing. They had forecast 15-20 knots, however we actually experienced 25-35 knots which even with the local tug was too strong. The only option was then to order a very powerful tug from Gothenburg which was at least 5 hours away!! It was our farewell formal night, so I whizzed down to the cocktail party at 1815 to greet our special guests. Formal nights are always a special night with Saga and the farewell party is no exception. The videographer kindly creates a 5 minute snapshot of the “Cruise Highlights DVD” which I like to play at the party and this is always well received.

With the “Gothenburg” tug finally in attendance we slipped our moorings at 0300 and manouvered clear of the berth – still in very strong winds of course. It was great to finally get back to sea and head towards Dover and the end of an exciting 1 week “Scandinavian Seascapes” cruise.

Captain Julian Burgess

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