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30th October, 2012


Lisbon came and went in a flash. Well, not quite, but it was impossible to catch up on the two and a half hours we had lost with the medical de-bark the previous evening. Even so, we sailed up the Tagus and into Lisbon around lunchtime, eventually securing alongside, around 1420 hours. It would have been about twenty minutes earlier had it not been for the assisting tug, which was not particularly useful until he was placed where I told the pilot to place him in the first place.

All the tours did manage to get away, as did all those independent passengers who were chomping at the bit in order to get the maximum time ashore. It was a beautiful day and the sunset over the terracotta roofs was a delight. It was, however, quite early so the last passengers returned in the dark. We sailed several hours later than scheduled, but managed to gradually claw back the time as we proceeded north and into the Bay of Biscay.

The final cocktail party was a humorous affair, and one where passengers I spoke with were very complimentary, not only of the crew of course, but also the ship, which is now becoming a firm favourite with many of our Saga ‘family’.

The Bay was a little on the lumpy side, but our guests were true Saganauts, having had plenty of time to gain their sea legs. None of them as far as I know went into hermit mode and I never saw anyone who hadn’t heeded our advice of ‘one hand for yourself and one for the ship’. The final evening, in the calmer waters of the Western Approaches, was one of fun and reflection tinged with just a little sadness. Many, I’m sure, will be returning.

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