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30th May, 2012

Skagen, Denmark by Assistant Cruise Director Kayleigh McMahon

As Saga Sapphire sailed into her first port of this cruise at around 8am, the ship was anchored with the Saga flag waved proudly in the wind as our passengers got ready to go out and explore this wonderful place by tender.

For those who booked the option of an organised excursion could enjoy one of two tours the first being Skagen highlights a delightful introduction to Skagen – a charming fishing town in the northernmost part of Denmark. The first stop was the Skagen Art Museum featuring paintings, drawings, sculptures and handicrafts by artists who lived in Skagen between 1830 and 1930. A short drive took our passengers further north to Grenen at the tip of Denmark. This is a beautiful sandy beach area where the North Sea and the Baltic Sea converge. Our guests could experience the very special light of this area and stand with their feet in two seas at once.

The second tour to depart was A walk through Skagen starting at the bustling fishing harbour; with red, wooden warehouses along the waterfront and the traditional wooden fishing boats they could hear the story of Skagen’s fishing traditions. They continued through the old parts of the town to see the architecture of Skagen, past the Skagen Museum, Michael and Anna Ancher’s house and Brondums Hotel all connected by the story of the world famous Skagen Painters – an artist colony in Skagen from 1830-1930 that produced some of the finest masterpieces of the Danish Golden Age. Near the harbour they passed through the pedestrian-only street to see the church of Skagen before returning to the ship.

For those guests who stayed on-board today they could join Social Hostess Donna and explosive cast productions Michael & Hayley for some classic cruising games such as Beanbag boules, Darts and Deck Quoits.

Team trivia kicks off tonight’s entertainment on-board in the Drawing Room as guests could join Cruise Staff Claire to test the grey matter in teams with this fun general knowledge quiz. This followed with Cabaret and Cocktails and the sounds of our resident duo Perfect Mood.

Tonight’s entertainment began in the Britannia Lounge with the Notturno Quartet as they presented their first concert of the cruise ‘Classical Favourites’ including works from Mozart, Strauss and Piazzolla.

Following our Classical Concert, Cabaret Showtime this evening came in the form of Steve Galler, the man with the golden banjo taking our guests on a trip down memory lane with those old favourites. The evening continued with music for dancing by the Sapphire Orchestra and our Gentlemen Hosts.

Our guests could then enjoy resident duo Perfect Mood for late night libations in Coopers Bar and a possible sing-a-long until late.

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