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30th January, 2014

At sea

MV Saga Sapphire is currently crossing the Atlantic, en route to the Caribbean islands. It will take five days to cross the ocean and we are just over half way there.

There is plenty for passengers to do during these sea days and today was no exception. The entertainment programme is full of activities, with something to suit everyone. We had morning and afternoon talks, presented by our Destinations Lecturer Keith Pritchard about ‘Kingstown, St Vincent’ and our Military Historian Jeff Chandler talked about ‘The Sinking of the Graf Spee & Bismarck’. As well as this, our Restaurant Manager Trevor gave a cooking demonstration on how to make Crêpe Suzette.

As well as the presentations in the Britannia Lounge, there are many other activities for passengers to get stuck into. There are morning and afternoon dance classes led by our Dance Instructor Olive Bailey. The Cruise Staff organise fun sporting activities such as carpet bowls and golf putting which require more luck than skill, especially with the movement of the ship, but this simply adds to the fun of the games.

We also have a number of creative workshops throughout the day. Our morning Arts & Crafts class, led by our Instructor Sue Schofield is very popular and today passengers made a linen lavender heart. Our Watercolour Artist, David Hemingway leads an afternoon painting session which is a great opportunity for keen artists or for those who would like to learn a new skill.

Many passengers are enjoying relaxing out on our open decks and the weather is certainly getting warmer. It started off quite overcast this morning, however throughout the afternoon there were sunny spells and with the weather getting warmer, it is certainly time to get the sun cream out.

The Explosive Singers and Dancers’
This evening was formal night, and we hosted a cocktail party for all of our Britannia Club members as an acknowledgment and special thank you for their continued support. The party was very well attended and it was nice to see everyone dressed in their finery. After the party, the Food and Beverage Team were ready to serve yet another delicious dinner in our Restaurant and as it was formal night the senior officers and myself each hosted a table in the restaurant. I was kindly joined by Annie Popova Chief Purser and Pamela Johnstone Cruise Administrator and a very pleasant evening was had by all.

After dinner I decided to go up and watch the show.

Our Cabaret Showtime this evening featured the first show by our onboard Production Team ‘The Explosive Singers and Dancers’ with their performance of ‘Let’s Swing’.  The show included timeless classics such as ‘My Way’, ‘Moon Dance’ and ‘Fly Me to the Moon’. The talented show team certainly create a spectacle with extravagant costumes adding to the marvel.

I have to say I also marvelled at the energy and enthusiasm they all have and it was a great show with great music and after the show, the troupe made themselves available for pictures in the foyer of deck 8 with all their feathers. A nice touch!

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