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10th April, 2012

Palma, Majorca

Today we sailed into the beautiful port of Palma, Majorca with a little drizzle to start with the sun began to shine through as we arrived alongside at 8am. It is a very busy port with cruise ships and ferries and our berth was allocated inside a tricky set of turns. So slowly I negotiated the Sapphire around the tight turns, her rudder being very effective at slow speeds, and then we were lined up to the berth.

With an early start our guests gathered for the first tour 'The Caves of Dragon' to depart, one of Majorca’s top attractions this tour shows you the weird and wonderful natural formations in its chambers. Afterwards, to round off this unforgettable excursion, our guests travelled to Porto Cristo, a fishing town built around a natural harbour where there was time to relax on a sheltered beach or at one of the bars before returning to Palma.

Corniches and La Granja was the next tour to depart, this leisurely excursion highlighted the scenery and history of Majorca. From the pier took our guests on a 30-minute drive through Palma Nova and Santa Ponsa en route to Puerto Andraitx, a charming fishing village lined with narrow streets and the fortress-like church of Santa Maria. Finally arriving at La Granja de Esporles, a superb 17th century Majorcan manor house set in rustic surrounding. On the return journey the coach took our guests through the village of Esporles.

Another excursion many passengers took up 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 continues 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 guests who enjoyed the sunshine on-board could join social hostess Donna throughout the day as she ran activities such as carpet bowls, table tennis or even giant Jenga!

Tonight we invited all those guests new to Saga for a cocktail or two with myself and my officers and staff out on the Verandah deck whilst watching the sun go down welcoming them into the Saga family, as we sailed away from Palma.

Sherlock Holmes was the movie of choice for those who wished to watch a film after dinner under the stars at our outdoor cinema at the View from The Top this evening.

Our keen quiz teams could join Assistant Cruise Director Kayls and cocktail pianist Andy Law tonight from 9.00pm in the Drawing Room for a special Sherlock Holmes murder mystery quiz.

In the Britannia Lounge this evening new to Saga vocalist Phillip Browne wowed our audience with his talents including songs by Barry White, Paul Robeson, Nat King Cole and much more ending with a standing ovation! We then continued the evening with music for dancing from the Saga Sapphire Orchestra and our gentlemen hosts.

Following the show guests could join Perfect Mood in Coopers Bar for a night cap and a possible sing a long until late.

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