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5th April, 2012

As Saga Sapphire sailed into her first port at around 10am the Saga flag waved proudly in the wind as our passengers got ready to go out and explore this wonderful city El Ferrol in the province of A Coruna in Gallicia, located on the Atlantic coast of western spain.

We had, had a good crossing of the Bay of Biscay and although it was a little choppy, the ship handled it well, and I was pleased to be putting her through her paces.

For those who booked the option of an organised excursion there were four to choose from today with the tour Santiago de Compostella being the first to leave, this excursion gave our passengers a wonderful opportunity to view the pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostella, visiting the beautiful cathedral which dominates Obradoiro Square where our guests were taken on a tour round the cathedral with free time to browse the local shops. Before heading back to El ferrol there was a pause for refreshments and entertainment from a choral group at the Hotel Reyes Catolicos.

The second of our tours to depart was called 'Santiago on your Own' for those who wished to go at their own pace on this half day excursion. Leaving the ship by coach to visit the city with its charming old quarter and beautiful Cathedral, and enjoy some free time before returning to the ship for lunch.

Next to leave was the 'Galicia’s Scenic Coastline' tour where our passengers could discover the natural attractions surrounding El Ferrol, driving along the coast with its typical Galician villages and enjoy the views of the nearby beaches, forests and estuaries. They then travelled along the coast to Pontedeume, which is surrounded on one side with unique views of the forest and estuaries finally, arriving at the mouth of the estuary for refreshments in a local restaurant before returning to the ship.

The final excursion of the day was 'Maritime El Ferrol' with the city being a major naval shipbuilding centre for most of its history. On this excursion our passengers start with a visit to the impressive naval camp for a short panoramic drive through passing the Bell, a dry dock made in the 19th century before arriving at the camp's two museums. Before returning to the ship stopping for a short refreshment whilst taking in the fantastic views of Galicia coastline.

For those guests who stayed on-board today they could join cruise staff Rebecca and Explosive Cast Productions' Michael & Hayley for some classic cruising games such as carpet bowls, darts and deck quoits.

We slipped away at 1700 for our next port of call, Casablanca. Team trivia kicks off tonight’s entertainment on-board in the Drawing Room as guests could join cruise staff Michelle to test the grey matter in teams with this fun general knowledge quiz. This followed with cabaret and cocktails and the sounds of our resident duo Perfect Mood.

Tonight’s entertainment began in the Britannia Lounge with the Cairn String Trio as they presented ‘A Night at the Opera’ including works from Verdi, Puccini and Bizet.

Following our Classical Concert, cabaret showtime this evening was opened by the Explosive Production Cast as we then invited talented comedian Dave Kristian to take to the stage and laugh the night away. The evening continued with music for dancing by the Sapphire Orchestra and our gentlemen hosts.

Our guests could then enjoy Andy Law for late night libations in Coopers Bar and a possible sing-a-long until late.

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