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17th May, 2012


Saga Sapphire in Warnermunde

For one of our last ports of call Saga Sapphire sailed into the beautiful port of Warnemunde a suburb of Rostock Warnemunde is the best place to feel the link between Rostock and the sea. As we were all made fast for 7.00am our first passengers were ready to step ashore on the early journey to Berlin.

From the three tours that left this morning between Best of Berlin, Fischland the Forgotten World and Rostock and Germany’s Stasi many passengers took up the Fischland the Forgotten World tour. A scenic excursion beginning with a drive east along the coastline passing woods, fields and beautiful old fishing villages. Our passengers stopped to embark a boat for a trip into the Vorpommern Lagoon Area National Park. The mini-cruise takes you past the Putnitz Peninsula, where the German Navy trained its pilots until 1945, and where Russion pilots hid from western espionage during the Cold War era. Our guests enjoyed a cup of coffee and a piece of German-style cake on board before disembarking in a beautiful little fishing port with traditional thatched cottages, where they had some free time to relax and enjoy the local ambiance or alternatively they could sample freshly smoked fish before re-joining the coach for a drive back along the peninsula to Warnemunde.

In the afternoon our guests could choose to take The Molli and The Minster tour taking them on a drive through the beautiful countryside of former East Germany passing farmlands and wind parks to Bad Doberan, where you stop at the 700-year-old Minster.

Leaving Bad Doberan on the Molli narrow-gauge steam train they enjoyed a short ride as they headed to the beach resort of Kuhlungsborn by vintage locomotive. Journeying past fields of corn and along Europe’s oldest avenue of lime trees and after disembarking they could relax with coffee and cake on the romantic beach promenade and enjoy a stroll before returning to the ship.

All aboard was at 7.30pm this evening so passengers could enjoy the most of what Warnemunde could offer before returning to the ship.

It was Fathers Day in Waarnemunde today so there was a great family spirit. As we left, there were numerous crowds scattered along the breakwater so we gave our salute on the ships whistle as we sailed out.

It had been a good day today, as we on the bridge had sent out the 2nd officer Matthew Nabb on a German sausage run so he came back with a feast for us all, junk food for the day, great!!!

Tonight’s 'Team Trivia' took place in the Drawing Room with Explosive Production Singer Louise as she tested our guests 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 cabaret showtime with vocal – instrumentalist Christopher Maule celebrating the work of some of the greatest singer-songwriters of the last 50 years.

We continued onto Cabaret Showtime as we invited Explosive Productions to the stage as they proudly presented ‘West End to Broadway’ 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 cocktail pianist Andy Law in the Drawing Room over a late night drink. Or alternatively guests could join our resident duo Perfect Mood for a night-cap and a possible sing-a-long until late in Cooper’s bar.

We approached the Great Belt channel at 0130 in the morning so I was on the bridge to pilot the ship through the narrows and under the korsor bridge which looked resplendent in the morning sunrise.

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