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26th September, 2013


I was joining my Ship, Saga Sapphire today after a very much enjoyable time at home. I had been kindly given an extended leave as I had previously been busy jumping from Ship to Ship doing the Grand Voyage on Saga Ruby, National Trust for Scotland Cruise on Quest for Adventure, and now I’m rejoining my normal ship, Saga Sapphire. I had flown down the night before so as I was having my breakfast in the Hotel, I saw the two ships Ruby and Sapphire enter the port on a beautiful calm day. Both ships looked resplendent in their colours.

My last tour on Sapphire was a year ago to the day so it was lovely to be welcomed by all the staff again. After Captain Rentell and I carried out the usual official documentation and “Handover”, the Official Log book was signed at 1100 to say that the ship had been officially handed over to me. Once I had settled in, we made plans to sail. Saga Ruby with my friend and Colleague, Wes Dunlop in command was due to sail from Dover for the last time, so I postponed the drill in order that we could all say our farewells to Ruby as she sailed out. I have to say it was a sad occasion seeing the ship sail by. I brought her into the company in 2005 and remember the pride in sailing the ship into Southampton for the first time, a lovely ship with so many memories.

We then carried out our lifeboat drill and soon were departing out of Dover and down the channel towards our next port of call, Lisbon.

After returning back to the Sapphire after a much needed vacation it’s so lovely to see so many familiar faces, especially with the vast amount of Britannia club members we have sailing with us this cruise which is always a delight. As always the evening’s entertainment was full to the brim for those who weren’t exhausted from the travelling. What with the option of watching our resident Explosive Productions cast performing a musical journey from London’s west end to New York’s Broadway through in the Britannia lounge, going through into the drawing room to listen to an easy listening cabaret with the Perfect Mood duo or watching the great Gatsby movie night in the Academy, I think it was fair to say we were all spoilt for choice.  Being the last time our current production team performs West end To Broadway I felt I ought to watch this spectacular show just one more time. However I must admit after the long journey I had to the ship myself, I was also rather tired so I took advantage of being able to watch the show live on my in cabin television.

With many of the guests retiring to their cabins early ready for the next couple of days at sea, as always my fantastic crew were then able to prepare for the days ahead.

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