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14th February, 2014

At Sea

Valentine’s Ball
MV Saga Sapphire is currently at sea, crossing the Atlantic homeward bound. Since leaving Antigua, we have spent three days at sea and have another three days to go before reaching the Azores.

Today of course is Valentine’s Day our passengers started the day in style with a Champagne Breakfast provided by our Food & Beverage Department. Passengers have been busy writing poems and declarations of love to their loved ones which they have been handing to our Cruise Director Jo to read at our evening Showtime.

We had a number of new Speakers embark in the Caribbean and they have been presenting their talks during our sea days. Today, Ornithologist Dr David Parkin started off our series of lecturer, talking about ‘Hummingbirds’. This was followed by our Destinations Lecturer Keith Pritchard who talked about our next port of call Praia Da Vitória. In the afternoon, Former Director of Claridge’s Ronald Jones OBE presented his talk on ‘Royal Banquets,

The Cruise department kept our passengers  entertaineed with the usual sporting activities such as Darts and Deck Quoits and our Fitness Instructor, David has been busy keeping the fitness fanatics in shape with ‘Walk A Mile’ on the open decks, and classes such as ‘Sea Stretch.

For Afternoon Tea, the Food and Beverage Department put on a special Chocolate Valentine’s Tea which went down a treat and had everyone’s mouths watering. After tea, most passengers returned to their cabins to put on their glad rags ready for this evening’s formal night.

At 6:30pm myself and my officers hosted a cocktail party in the Briannia Lounge with musical accompaniment by the Sapphire Trio. I also hosted the Employee of the Month presentations which always fills me with pride at the efforts of the crew being rewarded.The winner tonight was one of our Sanitation Utilities where by they work in the recycling room , segregating all the rubbish which we all know is a very important job. So I felt he deserved this months award  Passengers were able to enjoy a glass of bubbly whilst chatting to fellow guests and the staff, before making  their way to the restaurant for this evening’s formal dinner. Myself and my Senior Officers hosted tables in the restaurant and it was lovely to dine with passengers and enjoy great food with some great company.

Captain and crew day

At 9:45pm this evening, our Cruise Director Jo hosted a Valentine’s Ball. The party began with myself and Jo leading the Officers into the Britannia Lounge with a formal dance, before inviting passengers up onto the dance floor to dance the night away. On these occasions we tell the female Officers that dress codes do not apply so they can wear their nice dresses rather than uniform and all looked resplendent in their dresses.Throughout the evening Jo read some of the romantic (and not so romantic) poems along with the decalrations of love that passengers had been written. It’s nice to see that love is in the air on Saga Sapphire! During the evening, passengers who had registered for Dance Cards were given the opportunity to dance with three different officers, so I had the pleasure of danicng with our guests, trying desperately not to stand on their feet!!. This is a great chance to meet the staff and enjoy the music and dancing. Overall the evening was enjoyed by all and passengers retired to their cabins for a good night’s sleep ready for day at sea tomorrow.

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