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4th December, 2011

The work continues and smiles still flow

The top mast

Buon Giorno a tutti.

Following on from last week’s blog, I am amazed how quickly all the public rooms have been stripped out. The yard is basically contracted to create an empty shell and then rebuild it to our specification. Our designer Jan Wilson, who is a major contributor to this project, has already proven popular by designing Saga Pearl II, Spirit of Adventure and also our hotel in St. Lucia.

The overall design scheme is yet again classic with a modern twist. The Dining Room in particular will have a unique feel to it with its around the globe theme full of beautiful paintings, statues and unique features. I of course cannot understand much of it coming from the Austrian Mountains; a cow with a bell around its neck looks the picture to me. However, I am very much looking forward to the day when the rooms begin to take shape.

Old pool beforethe refit

Attached is a picture of the pool area where the Pier Restaurant will be. The Pool area is very large and generous in space. I do hope The Pier Restaurant will prove popular with you all, serving alternative traditional dishes for lunch. This will include fish, chips and mushy peas served in lovely seaside themed crockery we chose when we did the hotel purchasing during the summer in our Folkestone head office. I am certain that one loyal customer Mr. M, also known as “half past four” (you know who you are), would approve of my choice.

In the last few weeks we were also very busy getting the crew quarters into shape. When taking the ship over, this area was in a bit of a mess. We were given the support of top management to make sure that all our crew had comfortable cabins after delivering the usual high standard of service.

Yesterday, a huge Costa ship parked next to us with a name like “deliziosa” - why would you name a ship delicious? Only the Italians would do that. I’m surprised it is not wrapped in a Prada scarf and has Gucci shoes instead of propellers!
We look very small in comparison, but even the Italian workers like the shape of our Saga Sapphire. They say “un nave justa” a real ship.

Our happy crew

It is December now, and with that, Christmas is approaching fast. The Captain, safety officer, uncle Albert, Anne Mette, Lyn and I will make sure that the crew are looked after and can enjoy some festivities with the approval from our CEO Mr. Shaw.

I doubt that much will be refurbished before Christmas. However, if it is you will be the first to know. I hope that next week I can show you the newly cut out staircase - a new, bold and stylish design on this ship.

I am off to the kitchen to cook fresh pasta Carbonara for the Officers’ Mess. I must stop spoiling them, but then they do have to put up with me week in week out!

Ci vediamo presto. See you soon.

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