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13th April, 2015


Yesterday was a relaxing day at sea. After breakfast the Guest Speakers, Instructors, our Beauty Staff and Cruise Staff were busy presenting, organising, hosting and giving treatments. The evening started with a cocktail party in the Britannia Lounge for all our passengers, as we thought that it would be a nice idea to start the formal night in this manner. After this, everybody was treated to a great dinner.

After dinner the Britannia Lounge hosted a performance by “The Hot Rhythm Friends” staring Colin Bryant on saxophone and clarinet and Dave Peterson at the piano. The entertainment then continued in the Drawing Room with The Late Show by vocal entertainers Joel and Aaron followed by Easy Listening with The Perfect Mood Duo, or in Cooper’s Bar there was The Late Show with Dave Peterson at the piano.

This morning we arrived at 7 am at the Cagliari pilot station. Soon after the pilot boarded the ship we were entering the port and were berthed just before 8 am.

Shortly after the officials boarded, and once the ship was cleared our passengers could proceed ashore.

There was a choice of four tours today:

Scenic Sardinia Drive was a relaxing way to admire the stunning scenery and panoramic views of the countryside north of Cagliari.

A Taste of Sardinian Culture took the passengers to the agricultural and wine-producing community of Maracalogonis, where the wild boar and Sardinian deer still roam and the village’s inhabitants maintain their local traditions. Our guests were treated to a performance of folk dancers in traditional dress and a taste of the local wine and biscuits made using an ancient island recipe.

Ancient Ruins of Nora began with the coach tracing the route traditionally taken each May by thousands of pilgrims following the trail of St. Efisio, a Roman soldier and Christian who was martyred in 303 AD by the Emporer Diocletian. Nora was founded in the ninth century BC by the Phoenician traders. The city enjoyed its greatest prosperity under the Romans, but was abandoned in 800 AD. The ruins are very extensive and include Carthaginian warehouses, Roman baths with mosaic floors, the remains of temples and a well preserved theatre.

The Cagliari City Tour encompassed many of the important sites of the town. These included the Basilica of Our Lady of Bonaria, Monte Urpino, the National Archaeological Museum, the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the Bell Tower, the Elephant Tower which was built by the Pisans, and the Bastion of St. Remy.

For those passengers wishing to explore Cagliari independently a shuttle bus took them to the port gate, which was a stone’s throw from the centre of town.

The evening started with cocktail hour in Cooper’s Bar with Dave Peterson at the piano and in the Drawing Room, where the Perfect Mood Duo entertained our guests. After Dinner the Britannia Lounge featured pre-show music for Latin and Ball Room dancing followed by that Master of Magic, Brett Sherwood.

Meanwhile, Saga Sapphire is heading for our next port of call, Piraeus.

Captain Kees Spekman

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