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Christmas Day

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25th December, 2014

Christmas Day on board Saga Sapphire began with an early morning Communion led by Canon Jane Lloyd. This was followed by a Festival of Lessons and Carols at 9.45am in the Britannia Lounge, and I led this service with Canon Lloyd. Our Filipino choir, aptly led by Florencio my Cabin Steward, sang a very modern and upbeat selection of carols which was a great way to start the service. Members of the ship’s company then gave a series of readings telling the Christmas story, and in between these readings we sang a selection of traditional carols.

After the service, it was a quick change into my Formal rig to Host the Cocktail party.

So at 12 noon myself and the Officers hosted a Christmas Cocktail Party in the Britannia Lounge, and everyone got dressed up in their finery for this special Christmas Day celebration. After enjoying champagne and canapés passengers made their way to the Dining Room where our Executive Chef George Streeter and his team had the perfect traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings ready to serve. Needless to say food was plentiful and the wine was flowing and lunch took us well into late afternoon. By the time we had finished many passengers retired to their cabins for a rest after such extravagant celebrations. For those who fancied an afternoon of fun, the Cruise Department hosted a fun quiz in the afternoon featuring the Explosive Singers & Dancers.

Our festive celebrations continued into the evening with music and dancing by the Sapphire Orchestra and a fantastic performance by five very talented young musicians collectively known as ‘Ukebox’. Their performance consisted of a selection of well-known songs and music played on their ukuleles. The show was energetic and lots of fun and thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Needless to say, dinner in the Restaurant was particularly quiet this evening with the majority of passengers still very full after such a lovely lunch. However there were the obligatory turkey sandwiches available for those who had an appetite a little later on.

Captain Alistair McLundie

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