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17th November, 2012


Greetings from the Sapphire! A slight delay in sending the first blog but I’m still finding my feet per say!

Today Saga Sapphire arrived at Southampton’s 101 berth to a chilly but dry and sunny winter’s day. I joined the ship at Ferrol on Thursday afternoon to familiarise myself with the ship in preparation for my 50th celebration cruise to the Caribbean.

After a swift and efficient disembarkation the ship was made ready for the new arrivals. Tired but excited the embarking passengers filed up the gangway to be greeted and then shown to their cabins by our smiley Filipino crew.

Awaiting them in the Britannia Lounge was a sumptuous afternoon tea prepared by our Executive Chef Thierry Cherronnet and his galley team.

With everyone on board by 3.30pm the alarm bells were sounded for passenger boat drill. After the completion of the boat drill with the Solent pilot on the Bridge it was time to slip our ropes and head down the Solent at 4.00 pm.

Meanwhile inside the ship, groups of passengers took the opportunity to partake in a tour of the ship's public rooms, led by lively members of the Cruise Department. It was a great way to digest all those lovely cakes on offer in the afternoon tea!

By 6.00 pm we were approaching the end of our pilot assisted passage and slowed the ship approaching the Nab Tower to allow the pilot to safely disembark.

Once the pilot was safely away in the cutter we increased speed and headed down the English Channel bound for the Azores. So begins our adventure towards the Caribbean!

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