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11th September, 2014

Dover, England

MV Saga Sapphire docked in Dover this morning, marking the end of our eleven night cruise to Norway. I must admit, this being the last call to Dover always makes me feel a bit sad, as the Pilots over the years have become good friends and they are extremely professional in helping to bring us into this busy little port. Our Pilot Nick boarded and brought us in, and handed the ship back to me for manoeuvring. I have been bringing the ships into Dover since 2000 with Saga Rose, and the Mark for Saga Rose was, until a few months ago, still painted on the quayside to give us an idea where to “park” the ship.

Anyway berthing was straightforward and we were soon all fast just before 0800. Once all the passengers had disembarked, the ship's company set to work to prepare the ship for our next cruise. Embarkation began at 1pm and new passengers started to arrive.

Once we had finished loading our supplies for the upcoming cruise and all passengers and their luggage were on board, we made our final preparations to set sail and embark on this nineteen day voyage to the Mediterranean.

We carried out our obligatory and necessary Lifeboat drill before sailing. The wind had picked up to a very fresh breeze so I used tugs to help us turn the ship and sail out.

Passengers settled into their cabins and were made to feel welcome in the Dining Room for their first dinner on board. This evening the Cruise Director Matthew Shaw began our Welcome Aboard Showtime by giving a brief introduction to the ship and allowing a few members of the ship’s staff to introduce themselves. This was followed by the Explosive Production Singers & Dancers who performed an opening number, giving a flavour of what’s in store for the upcoming cruise, followed by music for dancing with the Sapphire Orchestra.

We will spend the next two days at sea as we make our way south to our first port of call, Lisbon, on Sunday.

Captain Alistair Mclundie,

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