Oct 4, 2014
We started our approach to the pilot station for 0900. The sun was up, it was a beautiful day and the background to the port and surrounding coastline was magical, with the sun shining down on the red mountains, blue sky and calm seas. Just what you would envisage the Mediterranean to be like. Once onboard we proceeded in towards the berth. I was aware that this morning was going to be a struggle as the depth of water under the keel was only 70 cm!! So I used tugs this morning to help push us alongside, as even with full power by the tugs the ship only moved slowly due to a suction effect caused by the seabed against the keel. Anyway we were soon all fast just before 10 am.
The city of Almeria was founded by Calipha Abdar-Rahman lll of Cordoba in 955 AD. Its Moorish Castle, the Alcazaba of Almeria, is the second largest among the Muslim fortresses of Andalusia, after the Alhambra.
At 10:00 the first tour departed which was the full day Granada’s Magnificent Alhambra; this excursion offered our passengers the chance to visit the Alhambra. Leaving the port of Almeria passengers embarked on scenic drive north-west to Granada, passing through the desert landscape. Reaching the Alhambra they visited the Generalife, the summer palace of the Moorish kings. They then concluded the tour with free time to explore.
The second tour departed shortly after, to the Cabo de Gata and Nijar Natural Park. Passengers embarked on a 4x4 drive though the park, taking in the beautiful view of Retamar Beach and then along a dirt track to the unspoiled beach of Torre Garcia. They finished the tour by viewing the Cabo de Gata salts and lighthouse and driving to the picturesque fishing village of San Jose for a refreshment stop. They then hopped back onto their 4x4 to return to the port.
The final tour to depart in the morning was the Flamenco – The Sound of Andalusia. The passengers arrived at a cave in one of Almeria’s most historical locations, where they were entertained by a local gypsy family who dance, sing and play traditional flamenco music while enjoying a glass of sherry.
At 12:45 the final tour of the day departed which was the Scenic Andalusia. Passengers embarked on a scenic panoramic drive through Almeria and then crossed the Tabernas desert, reaching the La Calahorra with its beautiful views of the mountainous landscape and whitewashed houses. During the tour there were a couple of stops where passenger had the chance to snap a couple of pictures of the beautiful scenery, and also a light refreshment stop before heading back to the ship.
Meanwhile back on board our Cruise Staff Jay and our Explosive Production dancer Leahna were keeping those who didn’t want to go ashore entertained. In the morning Jay played deck quoits and ring toss while Leahna met the independent travellers, those who are travelling on their own but would prefer to go off with other fellow passengers. In the afternoon Jay tested everyone's general knowledge with a light-hearted quiz followed by a game of Jenga.
At 17:15 passengers joined the Cruise Staff for a cocktail - getting ready to enjoy the sailaway. For those who wanted to brush up their knowledge on Palma they could join our destinations lecturer Hazel Griffiths in the Britannia lounge. Assistant Cruise Director Kayleigh kick-started the evening’s entertainment with her general knowledge quiz. Shortly after in the Britannia lounge Divertimento took to the stage to perform their classical concert “The Rhythm of Dance”. The entertainment did not stop there, as at 22:00 Darren Tremble and Gareth Evans from our Explosive Production cast performed their cabaret “The Boys Are Back In Town”.
Captain Alistair Mclundie
Oct 5, 2014
Valencia is the third largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona. The Port of Valencia is the 5th busiest container port in Europe and on the Mediterranean Sea. The city was founded as a Roman colony in 138 BC and is situated on the banks of the Turia, on the east coast of the Iberian Peninsula. Valencia is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations for both Spaniards and World travellers.
Our arrival was scheduled for 12:00 this afternoon for the pilot, so I was able to hold a Church Service before we arrived when passengers had the opportunity to listen to our wonderful Filipino Choir.As we were at sea this morning our Cruise Staff member Jay organised a selection of games throughout the day including shuffleboard, crazy golf and majority rules. For those who preferred to sit and listen, our destination lecturer Hazel Griffiths presented Sete and Monaco, ‘Rivera Jewels’.
The first tour to depart was the Vall D’Uxo and the San Jose Caves. On this excursion passengers took a boat trip through caves with some rather unusual names such as the Dog Kennel, Bat Cave and Diana’s Lake. After the beautiful sites of the caves passengers then enjoyed a panoramic drive to see the highlights of the city, finishing the excursion with a short walk through the main square.
The second tour departed shortly after, the Panoramic Tour of Valencia which visited the City of Art and Sciences, the Plaza de la Reina, the Gothic Cathedral and the central market. Before heading back to the ship passengers were driven along the promenade to view the beautiful seafront.
We had extended our stay until 1900, but as we were taking fuel it took a bit longer than expected to receive the 400 t of fuel, so I delayed sailing until 1945, just to make sure we got every last drop!!
The evening kick started its entertainment with after dinner dancing with The Saga Orchestra followed by Master Magician Philip Hitchcock. For all those who fancied a night cap before bed, they could either join Martin our pianist in The Coopers Bar or they could join the Perfect Mood Duo upstairs in the drawing room.
Captain Alistair Mclundie
Oct 6, 2014
Majorca is the largest and the most popular Balearic Island, Palma has many bars, restaurants and stylish shops. The city of Palma lies on the south-western coast of the island in the centre of the 10 mile wide Palma Bay. Bellver Castle and the Gothic Cathedral are some of the attractions; one of Palma’s main features is its main promenade which is lined with palm trees and beautiful flowers.
Although we approached in the darkness, with our arrival route right underneath the flight path of the Airport we could see numerous planes coming into land, bringing many passengers and tourists of different nationalities to this lovely island. We picked our pilot up, and his trainee, and we proceeded into the “Chicane” of the berth. The sun was just starting to rise as we berthed alongside the main passenger terminal; with light winds and cool temperatures it was a very enjoyable way to start the day.
The first tour, Rugged North Coast and La Granja, departed shortly after we had arrived; passengers enjoyed the scenic drive along the North coast taking in the wonderful sights. They headed to La Granja de Exporles, the 17th-century Majorcan manor house, and before heading back to the ship passengers had some free time to explore the house and grounds and enjoy a glass of local wine.
The second tour, Narrow-gauge Train to Soller, departed at 9:00am, passengers embarked on a short panoramic tour to the Son Reus railway station to board the historic Soller Railway. The daily service has operated since 1912 and is a 17 mile route between Palma and Soller. This 50 minute journey shows it’s breath-taking views of the Majorcan mountains, orange groves and small, fairytale villages.
The final excursion was Panoramic Palma and Valldermossa taking our guests on a coach throughout the morning driving along the seafront lined with hundreds of yachts, passing the magnificent Gothic Cathedral and Almudaina Palace. The coach then continued through the city’s old quarters, past the Gothic and modernist – style buildings and the lively ramblas. Afterwards returning to Palma and viewing the exterior of the famous Bellver Castle and Bay of Palma before returning to the ship.
For those who wanted to enjoy the sunshine and activities on board they could join our Cruise Staff Rubie and our Explosive Production Vocalists Maxine and Darren in playing games such as shuffleboard, ring toss, crazy golf and also a general knowledge quiz.
We had everything ready for departure at 1:30pm but as is common, a fresh breeze had blown up pinning us onto the quayside. Using the engines and rudder to manoeuvre the stern off the quay, and also move the ship slowly aft, and using the Bowthruster to lift the bow, I drove the ship astern (or reversed) out of the port, steering the ship with the bowthruster as we went. The pilot disembarked and we set sail clockwise around the island and towards Sete in France, our next port of call.
At 2:30pm in the Britannia lounge our Cruise Director Kayleigh got to know a little more about celebrity chef Kevin Woodford in a question and answer session.
The entertainment started a little earlier tonight at 8:45pm the Divertimento preformed their classical concert in the Britannia Lounge followed shortly after by vocalist Mark O,Malley. The evening then continued with music for dancing from The Saga Orchestra or if passengers preferred, to listen to our Perfect Mood Duo upstairs in the Drawing whilst enjoying a night cap.
Captain Alistair Mclundie
Oct 7, 2014
The largest fishing port in France with a fleet of fishing boats and trawlers lining the quay, until 1927 this harbour town was known as ‘Cette’. Sete encircles a lone hill, the Mont St-Clair, on the otherwise flat Languedoc coast and seafood plays a big part in Sete with delicious local specialities.
As soon as the ship docked, the first tour Montpellier and Flaugergues Castle departed. Enjoying a scenic drive to Montpellier, on arrival they began a one-hour walking tour through the old part of the city. It was then on to the Chateau Flaugergues where passengers had an exclusive visit, whilst soaking up the atmosphere passengers enjoyed a glass of wine produced by the estate before heading back to the ship.
The second tour, Medieval Carcassonne, departed shortly after as this was a full day excursion. On arrival at the town passengers embarked on a guided tour through the streets taking in the medieval sights. It was then time to explore the town by themselves and maybe even try a little local cuisine or discover the fortress surrounding 52 fairy-tale towers and ramparts.
The most popular tour today was Scenic Sete and Surroundings, an excursion that really made you appreciate the stunning views as they looked out from Mount St Clair. On this tour guests were able to see Bouzigues which is the centre for oyster and mussel production. Every year Bouzigues supposedly produce 13,000 tonnes of oysters and 3,000 tonnes of mussels.
All aboard today was at 4.30pm as we prepared to set sail towards our next port of call, Monte Carlo. With the beautiful weather we’ve been experiencing most passengers gathered out on the open deck where they enjoyed a cocktail or two whilst enjoying the melodic music from cocktail pianist Martin Orbidans.
Tonight’s show was a tribute to the stars, as the Explosive Productions cast presented Music Legends. This is a bright and vibrant show, which seemed to go down very well. For those who wanted to continue the evening after main show time, Perfect Mood were entertaining up in the Drawing Room, and as always Martin Orbidans was tickling the ivories through in Coopers bar.
Captain Alistair Mclundie
Oct 8, 2014
Today we are in the pretty city of Monte Carlo, on the island of Monaco. We approached the harbour mouth and the plan was to go straight in, Bow in as we call it. I had ordered a tug as the wind had been blowing hard and Monte Carlo is not a place you try and enter with any wind as there is not much room to manoeuvre and there are a lot of shiny expensive “Toys” in the harbour. I certainly didn’t want to use them as a fender.
However as we approached the sun was rising, the wind had eased but our tug was delayed as it had broken down. So I made the decision to head in, so I held the ship about 2 feet off the corner of the breakwater and slid the ship in slowly. All went according to plan and we were bow to bow with HMS Echo. This is the RN ship that had been involved in looking for the Malaysian Airline in the Indian Ocean. I also thought it would not be a good career move if I scratched the paint on one of Her Majesty's Ships so I edged in very easily.
We were all fast just before 8:00am, with the first of our tours departing shortly after. Fortunately we had clear blue skies once again, with temperatures of around 22 degrees, much to everyone’s delight, especially with the poor weather you’ve been experiencing at home.
Monaco, home to the Grimadi family, is quite a magnet for the rich and famous. This is really a city that lives up to its glitzy reputation with its winding streets, marvellous views and famous Monaco Grand Prix Circuit.
Today our guests had an option of three different tours including ‘’Scenic French Riviera’’, a lovely panoramic coastal drive along the winding roads of the coast and mountains. Guests on this tour were taken to a vantage point where they were able to experience exceptional views of the coast stretching from Italy to Cap Martin and Monaco.
‘’Highlights of Monaco’’ was a tour that gave passengers an opportunity to take in such sights as the Royal Palace, Casino and Cathedral. This walking tour was for the more abled bodied taking you through the Old Quarter before enjoying a spot of free time. Our other tour on offer today was ‘’Riviera Helicopter’’. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity where our guests were able to enjoy a helicopter ride over the Riviera, giving them amazing views that stretched for miles. This was definitely one tour sure to make any friend envious.
For those who wanted to stroll ashore at their own leisure, and take in the sights for themselves, there was still plenty to do independently, for example visiting the tomb of Princess Grace Kelly.
We slipped away just before 1300 and set course for Barcelona, leaving the beautiful landscape of Monaco behind us.
Tonight I had the pleasure of meeting some familiar faces at The Britannia Club Cocktail Party, with over 400 guests this cruise having done over 35 nights. I must say it’s always a pleasure seeing familiar faces many of whom have become great friends over the years. The only disadvantage for me is I’m slowly running out of stories to tell!, and everyone has heard all my jokes!!
It is also quite poignant, as I said to the passengers, as tomorrow on the 9th October, 17 years ago, I walked down the Eastern Dock Jetty to join Saga Rose, and I have never looked back since…
After another delightful meal, most proceeded onto main show time where we were treated to the wonderful music from the talented Kenny Martyn, a multi-instrumentalist who delivers everything from Jazz to Ragtime.
For those night owls, we had yet more entertainment following on from main show time this evening up in the Drawing Room. Tonight’s spotlight cabaret was with our female vocalists from the Explosive Production Cast. Presenting ‘’Ladies Night’’ they sang songs from both the 60’s and 70’s.
So, once again, another successful day here on board Saga Sapphire.
Captain Alistair Mclundie
Oct 9, 2014
Today’s port of call is the Spanish city of Barcelona, a fantastic city full of life and culture. This morning we came in alongside for 9:00am, being greeted by glorious sunshine, clear blue skies and a temperature of 24 degrees.
Barcelona, one of my favourite ports of call this cruise, is of course famous for many things. One of which is the fantastic architecture designed by eccentric architect Antoni Gaudi. His striking work can be seen throughout the city and is really quite colourful and impressive. Tourists are also attracted to the Olympic Village which was originally built in 1992 for the Olympic Games. Barcelona is quite an infectious city with its cosmopolitan feel, spectacular scenery, and buzzing streets full of flower displays, street artists and little market stalls. The population of this city is approximately 1.7 million, with the most commonly spoken language being Catalan or Spanish.
Today passengers had a choice of 4 shore excursions, which included ‘’Montserrat with Rock Train’’, a tour around the cultured city, whilst boarding the famous rock train gave the passengers an experience not to be missed. ‘’Panoramic Barcelona ‘’ being a tour designed for those who would prefer to experience it from the comfort of a coach. Then the last tour to depart this morning was for ‘’Gaudi’s Sagrada Famillia’, which offered our passengers the chance to view the works of this most incredible architect up close, visiting the famous cathedral that has helped make Barcelona such a popular tourist destination.
For those guests going ashore independently there was plenty to see and do especially on a fine day such as today. As always for those remaining aboard our duty cruise staff were on hand to entertain, with activities such as Table Tennis, Crazy Golf and a General Knowledge Quiz.
This evening we saw the welcome return of Stars on Strings, a fantastic act that always delivers fun and exciting shows to our guests. John and Josef really are master puppeteers who create these incredible puppets that really do come to life on stage.
Captain Alistair Mclundie
Oct 11, 2014
Gibraltar, dominated by a sandy peninsula and the stunning 1,400-feet-high limestone rock, has been an important base for the British Armed Forces and is the site of a Royal Navy base. It has excellent duty free shopping in many familiar British high street shops.
As we didn’t arrive in Gibraltar until noon we had lots of activities and lectures this morning, including our healthy eating guru Jennifer Marshall-Jenkins talking about food from Spain and our Aviation Lecturer Captain Phil Giles with his presentation of the Mystery of Malaysian flights 370 and 17. Our Social Hostess Rebecca was hosting a plethora of games and activities.
We had a very busy arrival with many tankers and container ships all heading for Gibraltar. With my bridge team we wove our way through the various traffic and picked up our pilot up just before 1100. Our berth today was the rather more difficult eastern berth which meant we had to pass through the breakwaters into the inner harbour then it was hard to port to line up with the berth. To make things more difficult, there was a rather nice shiny superyacht in the way which we had to pass close to. I didn’t really want to use it as an “expensive” fender so I edged past and we were soon in position and fast alongside on a beautiful day.
Today there were quite a few different tours departing the ship, and the first was the Fortress Gibraltar excursion. On this tour passengers were able to catch a glimpse of Gibraltar’s most famous residents, the mischievous Barbary apes, enjoy the view from Europa Point and also explore the series of man-made tunnels inside the Rock of Gibraltar itself. The second tour which left Sapphire this morning was The Rock. This tour started with a drive across the unique runway, built using stones dug from the Rock itself by the British Army during the two World Wars. Passengers then continued to the upper rock area and St Michael’s Cave, finishing the tour with some free time for duty free shopping. On the third tour, Alameda Gardens and Cable Car Ride, passengers enjoyed a stroll around the beautiful Alameda Gardens before embarking on a cable car ride and capturing some magnificent views of the Rock. Our Dolphin Watch tour was the next one to depart, where passengers went in search of dolphins and other marine life on a large boat that left directly from the pier, and with plenty of sightings no one was left disappointed. The final tour to depart was the Europa Point and English Tea; this panoramic tour showed Gibraltar’s highlights from the comfort of the coach, including the American War Memorial and Trafalgar Cemetery and finishing with a stop at the Rock Hotel for some refreshments.
On sailing a very good friend and an old Staff Captain of Saga, Andy Muirhead, came onboard as our pilot. I always enjoy catching up with old friends so it was good to speak. He is a fellow Scot with a home in Tobermory, a beautiful part of the world. We slipped away in the tranquillity of the night, only to be faced with a rather harsh wind as we left Gibraltar straits.
Our cruise team swapped their usual uniform for the housekeeping uniform this evening as they handed out popcorn for a Night at the Cinema with the film Chocolat. The evening then continued up in the Drawing Room with some late jazz from our Saga Orchestra.
Captain Alistair Mclundie
Oct 13, 2014
I asked one of my Cadets to write a Blog about their experience on-board so please see below.
My name is Rebecca Everest and I am from Kent. I am a Deck Cadet on board. At the moment there are four Deck Cadets working on the bridge; myself, Daniel, Franklin and Harry. Since September 2012 I have been studying the Foundation Degree Marine Operations Deck Officer Course, which is split into 5 phases, 3 being at college and 2 being at sea. When not on board I study at Warsash Maritime Academy in Southampton. At Warsash I have studied Stability, Tides, Celestial, Terrestrial, Chartwork, Nav Aids, Law and Meteorology. I have also completed some short courses including basic firefighting. At the moment I am in my last sea phase which will finish next April. I will then go back to college for 3 months to finish my degree and will hopefully be a qualified officer by July 2015.
Over the past 2 years of my course I feel I have gained a lot of experience on board. For the first 6 months of my time at sea I worked on deck with the Bosun. This consisted of chipping and painting and a lot of other jobs. I have completed 3 trips at sea on Saga Sapphire and Saga Pearl II. These trips are usually 3 months at a time. For my last trip to the present I have been on the bridge gaining watch keeping experience. I have been on all of the watches; 12-4, 4-8 and 8-12. At the moment I am on the 12-4 watch with the Officer of the Watch, Erik Lundgren, and Quartermaster, Donnie. The 12-4 officer of the watch is the navigator. He is in charge of planning all of the routes for all of the cruises and few other jobs.
I decided this was the career for me when my parents took me on cruises from the age of 4 to present. I still enjoy travelling with them whenever possible! My sister also inspired me; she was a 2nd Officer with BP Shipping but now works on land for Carnival in the head office in Southampton. From a very young age I have always told my parents “I want to become a Captain when I am older”, I would still like to see this dream come true! I feel that my parents are a huge reason why I chose this career, if I hadn’t had gone on cruises from such a young age I wouldn’t have known about a career at sea. They have been very supportive and I would like to thank them a lot!
In my spare time when I am off duty I like to go to the Captain’s cocktail parties to socialise with passengers. Last cruise I was lucky enough to be on the Captain’s farewell table! Also, if I have the time when we are alongside I like to try and go ashore to explore the ports we visit. My best memory of being at sea so far was seeing a polar bear last June in Magdalena Bay! When I am on leave I like to do what most girls love to do: shopping! I also like to try and go swimming. Before I started this career I was a competitive swimmer, swimming for Kent and London from the age of 4. I do miss it as it was a huge commitment of my life from a very young age. I have grown up to love the water and I still do! I hope my dream comes true in the near future and one day I become a captain!
Thank you for reading my blog, I hope you are all having a wonderful cruise on Saga Sapphire and I hope to meet you all soon!
Rebecca, or Becky as she likes to be known, is a first class cadet, and one her parents should certainly be proud of. She is a great asset to our team and will make a very fine officer and I thank her for writing for my blog.
Captain Alistair Mclundie
Oct 15, 2014
It was an early start for me this morning as I was taking Saga Sapphire through the Needles Channel, west of the Isle of Wight. So I was on the bridge for 4:30am in readiness to get the ship lined up for the narrow entrance to the channel. There is quite a bit of current that runs across the entrance so I have to line the ship up about a mile before and basically “crab” my way in at an angle as I stem to counteract the current. Once through we continued past Yarmouth as we headed for the pilot station at Cowes where we embarked our pilot at 6:00am. As we embarked the pilot, the fog came down and we had zero visibility. However we are all trained in doing “blind Pilotage” so all the bridge officers and myself and the pilot worked together as a team pointing out oncoming ships, ensuring we were maintaining a course within the main channel. As we approached the berth I assumed the control again for manoeuvring. We could not see the pier so everything was done on radar and electronic chart but as we were half way through the swing, the fog lifted a little and I could see a bit more.
As we came in alongside this morning we were greeted by slightly drearier weather than that we’ve been experiencing over the last fortnight. As always we were sad to see our guests go but delighted to meet new and old friends once again on our next voyage to the Canaries. This cruise we’ve fewer Britannia club members than usual at 286, but it’s lovely for us of course to encounter new people. As always we are sailing full this cruise, and there’s a fantastic atmosphere as everyone’s delighted to be sailing into the sunshine.
Today we gained a new show team who will be setting up their new shows this cruise and entertaining our guests, so we’re all looking forward to seeing the new talent that we have here on board.
Sail away today was unfortunately a wet one, however most still did go out to see us sail away from the port whilst enjoying the sounds from the Saga Sapphire Orchestra.
With long journeys for most travelling down to the ship, as soon as the restaurant doors were open tables began to fill up quite rapidly. Once our guests had finished their evening meals most decided to head up towards the main show lounge.
To put a face to the names in the Daily Programme, our Cruise Director Kayleigh McMahon hosted a fabulous welcome show this evening. Opening the show with" Get Happy" Kayleigh soon had the audience joining in. The singers and dancers, along with our resident entertainers, showcased their talents. Come the end of main show time, for those feeling rather peckish the glorious late night bites were most welcome.
Playing into the early hours the Perfect Mood entertained up in the Drawing Room whilst Dave Peterson, our Cocktail Pianist, played through in Coopers Bar.
Captain Alistair Mclundie
Oct 17, 2014
As we left Southampton, the weather picture wasn’t looking too good but being on Saga Sapphire I knew the ship would handle things well. So as we headed South West across Biscay, the ship and the passengers had already been “secured” for sea, and all advised what to expect.
I thought once again that rather than hearing from me all the time, it would be good to give my cadets a chance to write a blog and explain what they do and a bit about themselves. Becky, our female cadet, kindly wrote a blog on the way north last cruise, so I asked one of my other cadets, Franklin, to do the same and he has also done well.
My name is Franklin Grima, I am Maltese from a small town next to Valletta called Pieta. Currently I am undergoing a course, Officer In charge Of Navigational Watch, with the Maltese College of arts, science and technology (Mcast). The course is set up in three different stages, first stage is an introduction to all the basics of navigation and seamanship, the second phase is the sea phase where we spend a total of a year on-board to obtain experience, and the third and final stage, we bring together what we learnt in the first year and what we experienced during our sea-time to finalize our studies.
Before I started the Course I was studying mathematics and computer studies at A-level, although halfway through the year, I realized that this career does not suit my life style of adventure, and this was when I started looking at other options. How I decided to go for a maritime career? I was at Valletta and saw the Eurocargo Napoli (which became the first ship I joined) manoeuvring inside the port and said “why not?” I applied for the course and so far I am enjoying every single moment of it.
At the moment I am working as a cadet with Saga, previously I have been working on a roll-on roll-off ferry, working between Salerno, Catania and Malta for 5 months, and then I joined the Saga Pearl II for 4 months, now I am on the Saga Sapphire for my last 3 months at sea. On the Ferry, I learned a lot about day work and cargo work such as loading, discharging, ballasting and dangerous cargoes. On Saga Pearl and Saga Sapphire, I started watch keeping. Rotating around the 3 three watches (12-4 , 4-8 , 8-12) I am learning all the aspects of watch keeping and navigation, such as collision avoidance, rules of the road, passage planning and my favourite, celestial navigation.
During my free time on-board I try to relax a little bit, either by attending any social event that is going on, like a cocktail party, or heading off ashore when we are in port. I always try to get to see the different places we visit, and have a swim whenever I can. My favourite destination so far, Svalbard on the “Arctic Explorer Cruise”, the scenery and the landscapes where simply unbelievable.
When I am at home, I try to make the best out of it by going spear fishing and snorkelling with my dad, and occasionally hunting when the season is open. Also I try to organise to go on camps, hikes and journeys, with the 1st Hamrun scout group which I have been part of for 15 years. Although whenever my friends and family are busy I would be riding around my motorcycle, KTM duke.
My plans for the future are to obtain the Officer of the Watch license then after spending a couple of years at sea, travelling, and gaining experience, working my way up through the ranks, to find a shore based job and settle down at home.
I hope that this has given you a brief idea of who I am and what I do, and I am looking forward to meeting you throughout the cruise because there is nothing more pleasant then getting to know different people while travelling.
I sailed with Franklin on Saga Pearl II in the summer and now here, and again it is a delight to sail with someone of great enthusiasm and character. Another cadet who will go far.
Captain Alistair Mclundie