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12th August, 2012

Reykjavik, day two

Waking up once again in Reykjavik, everybody on board had the opportunity to take advantage of a complimentary panoramic shore excursion. It was an extensive tour that took passengers the length and breadth of the Icelandic capital.

The first stop along the way was to the home of the President of Iceland. Situated on a wonderful grassy promontory, the traditional wooden house was alive with activity as local birds darted about in the breeze. The next notable stop was a visit to the Pearl, a vantage point and restaurant built on top of a series of thermal tanks. Here passengers could enjoy a 360 degree view of the city and peruse the gift shop for local handicrafts and delicacies.

The tour then made a brief visit to Reykjavik’s main cathedral. Built entirely of concrete it took 40 years to construct and was a favourite among all those on board the buses. The final stop along the way was to the house where Ronald Reagan met Mikhail Gorbachev in the 1986 Reykjavik summit, an important step in foreign relations between Russia and the United States.

All were back onboard by 1230 and we sailed shortly after into some rather blustery weather. But Saga Sapphire rides the waves well. Unfortunately fog patches persisted throughout which is quite common in this part of the world.

Back on the ship the afternoon was spent enjoying the variety of entertainment on board. The fog lifted enough for me to take an afternoon Sunday service, and joined by members of the cruise department and the fabulous sounds of the Filipino choir.

Since it was such an important night in recent British history, the Closing Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games was shown on the big screen in the Britannia Lounge. For those with a different taste, the Flanagan Trio played a delightful program upstairs in the Drawing Room.

Following that the male members of the entertainment department performed their group cabaret Boys Night Out. Duncan and Michael our show team singers were joined by Cruise Hosts Resty and Fernando in a fun filled forty five minutes.

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