Saga Pearl II blog - Captains' blogs
4th May, 2018
So all was well as we enjoyed a pleasant, sunny day at sea heading east from Gibraltar towards the Balearic Islands. But on the horizon unfortunately lay a grim outlook for the following day in Mahon, Menorca – with a late winter low pressure centred over western Italy forecasted to bring gale force winds and driving rain from the north. Now, nobody comes on holiday to experience those sorts of conditions (except for, perhaps, those American storm-chasers) and whilst here at Saga we still haven’t figured out how to control the weather, luckily we are still very much in control of where we go!
Do you remember me reminding you that this cruise is entitled a “Mediterranean Adventure?” Well, here the adventure starts… Having looked at alternative options we decided to call into another Balearic island port which, although only 100 miles or so to the west, fortunately lay relatively unaffected by these stormy wind conditions. Palma de Mallorca is more sheltered but offers just as much as Mahon, so we thought we’d nip in there instead. More time in port was also a bonus, as we elected to arrive the evening before, on Thursday 3rd.
The evening was pleasant and warm, and it stayed dry until around the middle of Friday when rain started to fall. Organised tours went off to Dragon’s Caves (Cuevas del Drach), the pretty mountain town of Valldemossa in the Unesco World Heritage site of the Tramuntana Mountains, as well as of course some city-sightseeing. Others enjoyed a pleasant promenade along the city waterfront and adjacent endless marinas, sampling the many local & international bars & restaurants on offer.
Later that afternoon, we sailed back out of the bay of Palma, passing the famous resort of Magaluf close on our port side, perhaps reminding those more adventurous passengers of their escapades the night before… For those who weren’t so hungover, the famous Big Band vocalist Jeff Hooper was singing away in the Discovery Lounge for this evening’s show after an equally famous evening feast of Saga food.
Captain Kim Tanner
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