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24th October, 2014

Agadir, Morocco

I was called this morning at 4:30am as the fog came down so I was required on the bridge, especially as we were starting to sail into an area with many fishing boats and their nets so we had to pick our way through using Radar. As we approached Agadir we could not see the harbour so had to approach using a “blind pilotage routine”, which is when we have to use our radars and chart plotters to sail into the harbour. The pilot boarded us inside the harbour and by the time he reached the bridge we were nearly alongside. I often wonder how he can look me in the face as he accepts our payment and I do all the work!!.

Anyway our berth appeared through the mist and we were soon all fast, at approximately 8:00am, as the sun rose, burnt off the mist and a glorious day presided. Our passengers were greeted by sunshine and temperatures which reached highs of up to 26 degrees and this, of course, put everyone in high spirits as they departed Saga Sapphire to go on tour today. While little is known about the city’s origins, the Portuguese created a fortress here at the end of the 15th century naming it Santa Cruz de Ghir.

For those passengers who were going on a shore excursion today there was plenty to do, including a panoramic tour called ‘’A Taste of Morocco’’. This tour gave our guests the chance to view the sights and sounds of this cultured, historic city from the comfort of their coach seat. On this excursion there were ample opportunities for photo stops much to our guests' delight.

Paradise Valley by Jeep was another of our tours that was available here in Morocco. This was ideal for our more adventurous guests, as they explored Agadir in a 4x4 jeep which whisked them away to the ancient Paradise Valley; this certainly gave our guests a unique experience that they won’t forget.

For passengers wishing to go ashore independently at their own leisure, there was certainly plenty to see and do. Here they have several local markets full of spices and leather goods, but if this didn’t tickle your fancy the beach was just a short walk away from the shuttle drop-off point.

For those passengers who chose to stay on-board Sapphire today Jay from the Cruise department was keeping everybody smiling with activities such as Darts, Bean Bag Bowls and Crazy Golf.

This afternoon’s tea was rather a special one, as it revolved around Chocolate! But really, it has to be said, the highlight of the tea today was the musical accompaniment from the Bracciano Quartet.

This evening’s main show time featured Master Magician Philip Hitchcock, with his ever entertaining show full of mind boggling tricks. Following on into the evening two of our female Explosive Production Singers, along with our Cruise Director Kayleigh McMahon, entertained up in the Drawing Room with their cabaret act, The Glitter Ball Girls. Their cabaret tonight was based on those icons

Captain Alistair Mclundie

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