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10th August, 2012


Unfortunately mother nature seems to be against us again, as today we had to abort our call at Grundarfjordur. Everybody did their best to make the tender operations successful, but it was just too dangerous to guarantee the safety of the passengers and the crew, and safety is paramount. The wind and rain were driving at 50 knots again and with the ship swinging on the anchor and the tenders finding it difficult to manoeuvre even in the harbour, we had to call a halt. Even recovering the tenders was a struggle and my tender coxswains did a fantastic job in getting the boats back to the davits in the heavy swell.

So once again the hotel department and cruise department pulled out all the stops to make sure that everyone had a fantastic day.

Today it was all about the Olympics, as Saga Sapphire held its version of the London 2012 games, a competition involving three events. The first discipline Connect Four, was an event not typically associated with Olympics, but nevertheless it was just as fiercely contested as anything back home. It was a tense affair that lasted over hour and the eventual winner was well and truly exhausted from the mental exertion.

Our next event was the perennial favourite Carpet Bowls. It took the 12 competitors the distance, but no clear winner was apparent as we heading into the final event. To finish our tournament the finesse of soft hands was needed as our Olympians contested three rounds of Golf Putting. Our overall winner of the three events will be announced in a grand ceremony in a few nights at our version of the Closing Ceremony.

For those interested in more scholastic pursuits, the on board lecturers presented another fascinating program. Les Evans relayed the reasons behind the retirement of Concorde, in ‘The End of the Dream’. Military Historian, Jeff Chandler fascinated all with his talk on the ‘Dambusters’, and the lovely Eunice informed us on the forthcoming ports of Ringaskiddy and Falmouth.

For those fans of Johnny Mathis, our resident superstar Fernando dazzled all with his tribute to the man with the ‘Velvet Voice’, whilst downstairs Explosive Productions took us on a journey across the pond with showstoppers from Broadway.

Hopefully the weather will be with us as we make our way to the Icelandic capital and all of the ecological wonders for which Reykjavik is famous.

We berthed alongside at 2130 to have a nice comfortable night alongside.

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