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3rd May, 2012


With Saga Sapphire already fast in Lisbon from the evening of 2nd May we eagerly awaited Saga Pearl II passengers to come and explore our wonderful new ship the following morning.

From 9.30am passengers made their way over to see us and boarded Saga Sapphire in which they embarked upon a Gastronomic Tour taking in all of our spacious public rooms with canapés and drinks served throughout, with many passengers sampling our gourmet fish and chips at the beach club looking over the pool in the sunshine. Guests could also take the chance to look at the different graded cabins with all of them open to view.

From 3pm onwards preparations started for the extraordinary night in store on board Saga Sapphire, passengers joined all officers from Saga Sapphire & Saga Pearl II including a star studded line of Captains including Captain Wesley Dunlop, Captain Philip Rentell and Captain David Warden-Owen in the Britannia Lounge at 5.15pm for cocktails and canapés. The atmosphere in the room from our fellow passengers brought the Britannia Lounge to life and it was so lovely to see many familiar faces come and join in the celebrations. I had the privilege of greeting everyone onto our new ship. Following the cocktail party a 5 course dinner was served in the Pole to Pole restaurant for all of Saga Pearl II guests compliments of Executive Chef Thierry Cherronet.

Tonight’s entertainment was a very special treat as we hosted Britain’s most popular soprano Lesley Garrett CBE, who has regularly appeared in both opera and in concert, on television and CD; she has won both critical acclaim and the affection of many fans and music lovers. As a recording artist, she has fourteen solo CDs to her credit and this evening performed for all of our Saga Pearl II and Saga Sapphire passengers, officers and staff. The outstanding performance lasted an hour until we had to say our goodbyes to the Saga Pearl II guests as we saw them leave our gangway and make their way back over to their home ship. When both ships were all aboard many took to the open decks to see the spectacular fireworks as they shot into the sky. It was a shame the Saga Ruby couldn’t be there with us but we were thinking of her as both ships set sail onto their next ports of call.

All in all the day was a huge success and we look forward to the time when all three ships will meet.

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