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7th April, 2012


For our next port of call on the Inaugural Cruise, Saga Sapphire sailed into Casablanca, Morocco and we were alongside with the sun beaming at around midday. After two days at sea our guests were looking forward to see the sights that Casablanca had to offer.

As it is a familiar port, the pilots just ask us to keep proceeding past the pilot station and we pick them up inside the port itself. Then I usually keep the control of the ship where we take a wide sweep to port to get the ship into position for a starboard side alongside berth.

Two tours departed this afternoon with the first being the 'Casablanca City Tour' which many of our guests took part in, this excursion took our passengers on a drive into the city, heading first for the largest mosque in Morocco, Hassan II, set on a promontory overlooking the ocean, then enjoying a drive along the corniche they stopped at a seaside hotel for cooling refreshments. Returning to the city centre, they headed for the Habbous Quarter to see the Royal Palace and the French Cathedral of Notre Dame, before either returning to the ship or explore Casablanca independently.

The second tour 'Casablanca City Tour & Hassan II Mosque', took our guests straight to the Habbous quarter and the Royal Palace where they could view the Mhakama du Pasha law courts and the Cathedral Notre Dame. They then took the coastal road to the Hassan II Mosque, one of the finest examples of modern Moroccan craftsmanship. The mosque can accommodate 25,000 worshippers and at night during Ramadan the 650-foot minaret emits a laser beam in the direction of Mecca. With a pause at a hotel for some refreshments our guests continued onto the Anfa district of the city and then to the hustle and bustle of the city centre where there was some free time for shopping and independent exploration.

With a later departure this evening our passengers had a variety of entertainment at their fingertips beginning with Team Trivia in the Drawing Room with social hostess Donna as they tested their general knowledge, following with cabaret and cocktails and the sounds of Perfect Mood before dinner.

After dinner those who fancied a flutter could head up to the Drawing Room and join the cruise staff for an evening of ‘Horsing Around’ at Ascot. Alternatively guests could enjoy the 'View from the top' and watch a movie under the stars with tonight’s film Casablanca.

In the Britannia Lounge, Explosive Productions blew us away tonight with their tribute to the music of the legendary Beatles and presented ‘All You Need Is Love’ as we continued the evening with music for dancing from the Sapphire Orchestra and our gentlemen hosts.

Following showtime guests could enjoy gourmet bites in the grill or listen to the wonderful sounds of Perfect Mood our resident duo in the Drawing Room over a late night drink.

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