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1st April, 2014

Agadir, Morocco

It has been a hectic few days since I returned from leave and consequently the time available to keep a record, as it were, has been limited. Having had a rather protracted leave, which including chasing steam trains in India, it has been a period of ‘catch up’ with all the very necessary work involving actually operating the ship being a priority. There has been the great delight of meeting old friends who have come to join us again, this time on our thirteen day voyage to the Canary Islands, plus the many new folks that are trying Saga cruising for the first time.

The passage south from Southampton wasn’t great, but not too bad considering the relatively early time of the year. There was rain for some of the time in Lisbon last Sunday and that, along with the fact that many of the shops were shut, probably did not enamour me to many of the ladies, the husbands were fine though. Fortunately the sun did come out for a while in the afternoon and praise was cast upon my shoulders, as if I had anything to do with it? Another day at sea as we headed towards North Africa was sunny, but a low pressure was only a few hundred miles of the Iberian Peninsula and seas were not quite as smooth as I would have liked.

So arriving into Agadir with bright sunshine and light winds was almost a bonus, smiles abounded as I greeted the passengers making their way to their tour buses. We had been delayed by a rather large garishly painted German cruise ship who arrived before us and the local pilot had a face which barely disguised his displeasure at having to be on a more sedately vessel that would no doubt delay his breakfast. In fact he left on good terms and it was a more relaxed colleague of his that came on board for the departure just after lunch. At the Britannia Party last night passengers, who of course think they know me, suggested I sounded slightly peeved that a German had managed to delay our arrival. It was, of course, not the case. ‘Swings and roundabouts’ I replied, ‘But perhaps an April Fool’.

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