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20th December, 2011

Celebrations aplenty, haircuts too... and the progress is also going strong

Mark Pangilinan becomes a Dad

Buono Domenica,

We had two exciting events this week.

The first was when Assistant Maitre’d, Mark Pangilinan, who is here with us in refit, became a father on December 14. His wife Mylene, who many of you know as one of our onboard nurses, gave birth to a baby boy at 7pm at home in the Philippines. He weighed 6.9lbs and they’ve named him Maxim Nathan.

Upon hearing the news we had a small celebration in the office to wet the baby’s head (picture attached). I’m sure you will join us in wishing Maxim and his parents well.

The second event was Saga Sapphire going into the dry dock. We saw them preparing for us a couple of days before. We watched as the keel blocks were put into place to hold us once the water was drained away.

Sapphire in dry dock

The dock master is sent a computerized image of the bottom of the ship in advance so he knows exactly where to place the blocks. The dock itself is 375 metres long, 68 metres wide and has a depth of 11.35 metres. The 400,000 tons of water it holds can be filled and emptied within 4 hours. The picture attached allows a rare glimpse of the ship out of water.

Whilst she is dry docked, work involving the external hull and all underwater work such as painting, tailshaft, rudder and propellers maintenance will be undertaken. A very important job will be the application of the Saga livery, which will proudly define the ownership and new identity of the ship.

Onboard ship ‘dry dock’ life continues. For those of us in need of a haircut, luckily one of our waiters, Dexter, has brought his hairdressing kit. Some of us faired better than others…

The increased noise level on the ship seems to indicate a certain push for projects being completed before the Christmas break. Those of us left behind will certainly appreciate less noise, fumes and dust for a few days. If any of you who have tried living in a house whilst it is being renovated, you’ll have some idea of what it is like.

Christmas onboard

In the last week, we’ve been filming some of the ongoing work on the ship - you’ll see this in the next installment of blogs - which I hope you’ll find informative.

In the meantime, the team and I wish you Buon Natale and we’ll catch up with you again soon.

Ciao e Ricordate, non importa dove tu vada, ci si è - another one for you to figure out.

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