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25th January, 2014

En route to Cape Verde islands

I thought it would be a good idea to add some difference into the blogs as I have done in the past so today I thought I would ask one of my Junior Officers, to write a little about himself.

Fourth Officer Gwyn

I would like to introduce myself. My name is Gwyn, and I am the fourth officer onboard Saga Sapphire.

I live in Anglesey, North Wales. After completing a degree in banking and finance, I quickly realised that life in an office wasn’t for me. I had always been interested in life at sea, as my father was a chief engineer. In fact I am the fifth generation of my family to go to sea, some people tell me it’s in my blood!

Starting my cadetship I sailed on various ships and I had the opportunity to sail on Quest for Adventure. I instantly knew the cruise life was for me and I was extremely fortunate to be accepted as an officer with Saga, I haven’t looked back since.

Joining Saga Sapphire for the first time has brought me many new challenges and adventures. I have even developed a good pair of sea legs over the past month sailing through the Bay of Biscay.

My duties onboard range from navigational watches on arrival and departure, mooring operations and safety inspections around the ship. You may also hear me on the 9 o’clock announcement at sea.

In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym, cars and football. I look forward to the rest of my trip on Saga Sapphire and developing my career at sea.

Thank you Gwyn, well as you can see Gwyn is Welsh and we had another Celtic celebration this evening. It was Burns night so we duly had a cocktail party to celebrate this famous Scottish poet and the haggis was piped in by our Piper David, who had flown to Funchal from Glasgow, a Pipe Major no less.

Burns Night

I was led in by the Piper, with the Chef, carrying the haggis, Maitre D with the cross of bottles of whiskey and the ships doctor, Doctor Alan Lauder who was going to address the haggis.

On stage Dr Lauder portrayed his rendition of the 'Addressing of the Haggis' extremely well, and used the Skiando of the Pipe Major to cut and prod at the haggis as he went. I have to say the way he was wielding this knife made me make a note to self; don’t ask the doctor to stich me if I cut anything!!!

Only kidding, he was a real showman and as Jo Boase and I said, a great and the best Addressing of the Haggis I had ever seen.

I was then played into dinner where Pipe Major David, led me around the restaurant before I took my seat for a very tasty haggis and neaps, but I declined the ‘wee dram’. Those who know me know that I don’t drink and drive and don’t like to drink alcohol when on the ship, so will toast old Rabbie Burns when I get home!

In the evening Jo, our Cruise Director, had arranged an officers Scottish ball. I led my officers and staff on to the dance floor in a very well-choreographed dance (even if I do say so myself) and then started the ball whereby we danced with our guests throughout the evening.

A great end to a very enjoyable day…

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