Saga Pearl II blog - Captains' blogs
2nd February, 2018
A pleasant day at sea, with following winds blowing us south, saw us approaching the Gibraltar Strait in the early hours of Friday morning before peeling off to starboard towards the Moroccan port of Tangier. Apart from a chilly wintery breeze from the north, conditions were ideal and the sunrise was spectacular with clear blue skies set to remain with us all day. Our Moroccan pilot boarded and pointed in the general direction of the berth which we had been allocated.
After manoeuvring alongside the berth and the pilot had disappeared for a well-deserved breakfast, local authorities dressed in more gold than American Navy Admirals, boarded to clear the ship into Morocco. Tangier is an interesting spot, with Roman, Arab, French, Spanish, Portuguese and even the English having played a part in the city’s history. The old town of Kasbah is well worth a visit, with elegant buildings, squares and other places of interest to enjoy, and panoramic background views across to Europe in the form of Spain & Gibraltar.
Tours today took off to visit exotic sounding places with names such as Cap Spartel, Asilah, Tetouan and Chefchaouen –the final one being I believe a result of a competition to include all vowels possible into a name. There was also the option to embark on a ‘mystery tour’ to which no clue was given of where it would go. The only prior information given was to wear comfortable shoes, and take sun cream, as plenty of time would be spent outdoors. There was also a reminder that there may be encounters with street vendors. It had me intrigued at least! Want to know where it went? Well, you should have come with us then. Perhaps next time…
As the sun set, everyone returned on board to prepare for the evening feast and subsequent show-time entertainment in the form of TV Comedy impressionist Christopher Gee, whilst I set courses for our next exotic port of call: Casablanca.
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