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12th March, 2014

Ijmuiden Netherlands

Ijmuiden is the newest city in North Holland. This city only came into existence on 1st November 1876, when the North Sea canal was officially opened. The Ijmuiden name literally means “mouth of the IJ”, which is a hint to the importance the town has for the Amsterdam harbour.

Today was originally just a technical stop, but with it being a new port for many it was a fantastic opportunity to venture off into this city, or alternatively take the train into the buzzing city of Amsterdam. No excursions were offered today, however most just hopped onto the shuttle which ran continuously.

Coming in alongside at 2:00pm meant most could have a relaxing morning on board, both getting their bearings and meeting old friends. With a singles gathering in the morning and a program full to the brim with activities a lot began to start making new friends. Our swap shop started today where all the guests were able to swap or exchange their northern lights jackets issued at the start of the cruise to a size more suitable. Last cruise Jo Boase famously nicknamed the guests red penguins, as you could always tell the Saga passengers when going ashore due to the colour of their jackets. Sail away this evening was slightly later than anticipated; however it hasn’t affected our sailing time a great deal which is fantastic.

The show this evening was the delightful virtuoso flautist Suzanne Godfrey. Suzanne played a great variety this evening with some Mancini, famous movie sound tracks and much more. After a fantastic performance and great reception from the audience I very much look forward to watching her second show which will of course be from the comfort of my cabin. A luxury we didn’t have on the other ships but something both myself and the guests I know are very much in favour of. Following on from main show time many headed upstairs to the drawing room to watch Explosive Productions Vocalist Emma Swallow, perform many of her favourite songs. Performing easy listening songs both old and new, Emma really gave a wonderful performance this evening. With a sea day ahead of us quite a few stayed up to enjoy the late night entertainment, either being serenaded by our cocktail pianist Martin Orbidans, or our resident duo The Perfect Mood.

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