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2nd June, 2012

Stockholm by Assistant Cruise Director Kayleigh McMahon

For our next Port of Call Saga Sapphire sailed into Stockholm, Sweden and with a not so promising start to the day weather-wise we were alongside at around 8am. After a day at sea our passengers were eager to step ashore and see Stockholm.

Four tours departed this morning with the first being the City Hall and Vasa Museum which many of our guests took part in, this excursion took our passengers on a drive through the city, and across the Western Bridge to the island of Kungsholmen for a visit to the distinctive redbrick City Hall in the Old Town. Our guests then visited the island of Djurgarden where they visited the Vasa Museum on the waterfront to see an amazing restoration of the magnificent Vasa warship, which sank in Stockholm harbour after being launched on her maiden tour in 1628, they then returned to the ship for lunch.

The Second Tour Drottningholm Palace took our passengers to an island in Lake Malaren to the west of Stockholm. Drottingholm Palace was the first Swedish site to be placed on the World Heritage list, and is one of Europe’s most enchanting royal residences. Also on this tour guests visited the magnificently decorated State Apartments and could stroll through the French and English-style landscaped gardens.

The most popular tour today was the third tour Waterways of Stockholm taking our passengers by boat through the many waterways to enjoy the city from a different perspective and sail past the national park of Djurgarden enjoying the ‘city that floats on water,’ before returning to the ship.

The final tour to depart was the relaxing Stockholm Panoramic Tour where our guests could enjoy a moving panorama of sights from the comfort of their coach during this tour of Stockholm. Our guests passed by such areas as the Royal Dramatic Theatre, along Strandvagen before venturing onto the island of Djurgarden. The tour concludes on the island of Kungsholmen, viewing the impressive City Hall, the site of the annual Nobel Prize banquet.

With an earlier departure expected this afternoon our passengers had a variety of entertainment at their fingertips joining the Cruise Staff for games such as deck quoits and Majority Rules. Also not to be left out of the celebrations back in England many joined us in the Britannia Lounge for a Jubilee ‘Street Party’ sail away to commemorate the Queen’s 60th year on the throne. Spirits were high as Musical Maestro Andy Law played some truly British tunes as we waved our flags in the air and enjoyed a glass of ‘Jubilee Pimms’ in the company of Queen and Prince Philip!

Tonight’s Team Trivia took place in the Drawing Room with Cruise Staff Rebecca as she tested our guest’s general knowledge, following with Cabaret and Cocktails and the sounds of Perfect Mood before dinner.
After dinner we started this evening’s entertainment in the Britannia Lounge as many guests enjoyed the Notturno Quartet’s second classical concert of this cruise proving to be very popular they presented ‘A Musical Journey’ including works by Schumann and Bach.

To continue onto Cabaret Showtime Explosive Productions opened tonight’s show followed by the ever popular Steve Galler entertaining many with his Golden Banjo we then 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. Or alternatively guests could join pianist Andy Law for a night-cap and a possible sing-a-long until late in Cooper’s bar.

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