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Cadiz, Spain

Saga Sapphire blog - Captains' blogs

24th October, 2013


Cadiz situated on the costa de la Luz at the tip of a narrow isthmus that forms the western boundary of Cadiz Bay. Believed to be the oldest town on the Iberian Peninsula the Andalusia port of Cadiz really has a stunning location at the edge of a six mile promontory. The town itself with 3000 years of history is characterised by pretty white houses with balconies adorned with colourful flowers.

We embarked our pilot in darkness at 0700. With the dark mornings it makes you feel like its winter at home, but you just have to stand on the bridge wing and feel the warm temperature to realise I am not in Argyll in October!!

Once on-board a familiar face appeared on the bridge. Because we come to all these ports many times over the years, the pilots all recognise you which is a nice position to be in. So we discussed the manoeuvre .We would carry out a 3 point turn and reverse the ship into the berth. So once in the Breakwaters, the pilot handed me the ship and I turned the mighty vessel 180 degrees and started motoring astern, using the bowthruster forward to steer the ship. I steered the stern quite close to the pier, and then at the last moment veered off to keep the ship parallel with the quayside. Lines were sent ashore and soon we were all fast.

As the sun rose, it brightened up and it was clear it was going to be a fine day. With the ship in close proximity to the town centre those guests going ashore independently today were able to just stroll in at their own leisure.

To many of our guests it was a delight to hear our newly appointed assistant cruise director Kayleigh Lucas over the public address system this morning as she announced the ship had been cleared. With our cruise Director Tanya unfortunately having to fly back to England for a few days Kayleigh is holding the Fort, but with a fantastic team behind her everything’s still running smoothly. A change of dress attire for the crew today as we change into our whites has instantly lifted everyone’s spirits as instantly we can feel we’re going into warmer climes

With many taking a tour to probably Europe’s largest wine cellar we all remained here on board waiting to see whether or not everyone would come back in a sober state after sampling different types of sherry.


All the tours had departed the vessel come 9.15 this morning which then gave us an opportunity to train our crew in the routinely crew drills. With another peaceful day on-board everyone was all aboard come 4.30 as we prepared to set sail towards our next port of call being Agadir in Morocco.

I allowed Staff Captain Richard Blundell to take the ship away which he did very well and we were soon heading south towards Agadir. I am hoping we get some respite from this swell that has originated from the Low pressure west of the Uk, bringing high winds. However on a positive note, the temperature is getting warmer.

Back by popular demand this evening was the ever popular Steve Galler with his show titled We Never Had It So Good. It always a pleasure to welcome backs such great guest artists, Steve Galler being just one to name a few. Later there was dancing with the Saga Sapphire Orchestra along with the many dance hosts we appear to have on this cruise to entertain the ladies. Movie night this evening was Les Miserable. Well it has to be said it was another lovely day here on the Saga Sapphire once again, with an extremely busy sea day to look forward to tomorrow.

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