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10th January, 2013


After several years as Captain on Saga Ruby it felt rather strange taking command of Saga Sapphire. This no doubt had something to do with my short term predicament of occasionally not knowing how to get to certain parts of the ship, and let’s face it, it never looks good when a Captain gets lost on his own ship!

It was nice however to see many familiar crew from both Saga Rose and Saga Ruby, and the familiar passage down to Funchal was at least going to provide me with the time to get to know a little more about the ship.

One of the first qualities I was going to learn was how Saga Sapphire handles a moderate Atlantic swell, and I must say I was quite pleased. Dare I say it, but she gave me the impression that she was an even better “sea ship” than our old Saga Rose in this regard, high praise indeed!

The weather as we headed south gradually got warmer and the grey skies gave way more to blue with each sea day on our journey. Arriving on the morning of the 10th we followed two other cruise ships, the Braemar and Marco Polo, into port after boarding the pilot just before 0730. The sun had not long arisen to burn away the last of the fine white cloud, leaving us to enjoy bright blue skies and sunshine for much of the day.

Our departure time of 1700 came around quickly, and with all of our passengers accounted for the Saga Sapphire’s lines were “let go”.

With the traditional salute on the whistle, Saga Sapphire proceeded out into the Atlantic in the direction of the Canary Islands.

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