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5th July, 2014


For the passengers the evening started with cocktail hour in the Cooper’s Bar and early evening music for listening and dancing in the Drawing Room.  After dinner the Britannia Lounge hosted music for dancing followed by a performance of the Explosive Singers and Dancers presenting “Music Legends” a tribute to the stars, including Tina Turner, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Dame Shirley Bassey and Sir Elton John. This was followed by music for listening and dancing with the Perfect Mood Duo in the Drawing Room and Late Night Musical melodies with Lloyd Hulme at the piano in the Cooper’s Bar. While the passengers were enjoying themselves the ship continued her sail up the river towards Bordeaux where we were berthed at the Bassens Terminal at 1:30pm on 05th July. 
Time for me and the team to have a good night’s sleep to be ready for a full and busy day.  For the passengers the Bordeaux visit started with our shuttle bus service at 8:30am and the dispatch of the shore excursions. These were.

Bordeaux Ciry Tour.  A chance to see this beautiful city, recently declared an UNESCO World Heritage site, by coach and on foot.

Bordeaux and wine. A tour offering a coach sightseeing tour of Bordeaux and one of Bordeaux’s famous wine regions, where there is the opportunity to visit the wine cellars of one of the prestigious estates.

Saint Emilion Village and wine. As the title says a chance to discover the magical moated 13th century town of Saint Emilion, a UNESCO Heritage site. Included in this tour was a visit to many of the town’s famous sights and to a wine chateau estate.

Medoc Vineyards and Wine Chateau Visit.  This tour was totally focussed on the Medoc region where some of the world’s most highly regarded wines are produced.  A chance to visit some of the great estates and sample some of the great wines.

For passengers wishing to explore Bordeaux independently a shuttle bus took them to the centre, from where it was a joy to discover this magical town.

The evening started with cocktail hour in the Cooper’s and Aviators Bars and early evening music for listening and dancing in the Drawing Room.  After dinner the Britannia Lounge hosted a performance by the “Swing Cats with “Too Darn Hot” featuring Jazz and swing hits from the 1940s. This was followed by Dance and Sailaway - the famous Saga Sapphire Deck party under a kind sky with warm temperatures. The departure time was set for 11pm, and shortly after we swung the ship off the berth.  We were soon retracing our course, down river this time, to the pilot station where we arrived at 5:00am the next morning and then set our course for Guernsey.

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