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9th February, 2014

Fort de France, Martinique.

At 8:00am this morning, MV Saga Sapphire docked in its seventh Caribbean port of call, Fort de France in Martinique. Fort de France is the island’s administrative centre and has a very French feel to it with its winding balconied streets.

Passengers were ready for another exciting day of exploring there were a variety of Shore Excursions on offer. ‘Deep Martinique’ took passengers to the town of Sainte-Marie to visit a rum distillery and learn how this popular drink is made and enjoy sampling the final product. After this, passengers were taken on a panoramic tour to see some of the villages of this beautiful island. A traditional Caribbean lunch was served to music performed by a Creole band and after this, the tour continued to Saint-Pierre, a town was tragically destroyed in 1902 by a volcanic eruption killing 30,000 of its inhabitants. A visit to the Volcanology Museum explained the history of this town. The second tour today for a ‘Tropical Forest Hike’ which started in La Fontaine Didier, a place that is famous for its mineral water and has been bottled and sold over the island since 1853. Passengers enjoyed the peaceful atmosphere in the tropical forest, and were able to admire the great variety of botanical species including ferns, honduras, mahogany trees, heliconias, magnolias, gum trees and many other exotic plants. The ‘Flemish Bay & Beach’ took passengers on a boat trip across the beautiful bay of Fort De France to admire the stunning coastline. They visited Anse Mitan Beach which is one of the most popular on the island and passengers were given some free time to relax whilst enjoying some rum punch and Caribbean music.

We sailed from Martinique at 5:00pm and Perfect Mood played some musical melodies out on deck whilst passengers enjoyed the cocktail of the day ‘Blue Lagoon’. This evening’s entertainment began with a Classical Concert in the Drawing room with The Auralio String Quartet including well know melodies by Satie, Debussy and Fauré. This was followed with Cabaret Showtime featuring another delightful evening of songs with Maria Lyn. For the night owls, Perfect Mood entertained with music for dancing in the Drawing Room until the early hours.

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