Skip to navigation Skip to content
< Back to Saga Sapphire blog

5th July, 2015


The three day run down to Gib was calm enough, but without the sunny weather that had been experienced in the UK of late. Then we passed Cape St. Vincent and the clouds cleared, the sun returned and a few of the folks remarked that it was ‘rather hot’. Nothing to what we may expect in a few days’ time.

We crossed into the Bay in fog, with ships’ whistles being heard on every quarter, and although there were plenty of ships at anchor being bunkered there was little shipping movement as we emerged from the murk. So the pilot came aboard and while we threaded our way through the anchorage, passengers came out onto the outside decks in order to get their first view of that bastion of ‘Britishness’.

Despite it being a Sunday there were more than enough shops open to satisfy those who just wanted to go ashore for a wander. Meanwhile the ‘Dolphin Adventure’ tour came up trumps for those who participated and our brand new, fresh out of college, video photographer couldn’t believe his luck having taken a position where all his new learned skills could be tried out in such equable circumstances.

In the early evening Mrs R and I joined a large group of passengers who had taken up the offer of a complimentary ‘Magic Moment’. We were all mini-bussed up to St. Michael’s Cave in order to enjoy a concert given by the Gibraltar National Choir, whose repertoire included ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ from Les Miserables, Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’, a superb arrangement of Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’ and a final medley of Beatles numbers. In those wonderful surroundings, with amazing acoustics, it was quite superb.

We sailed just before 10 pm, just as the sun was descending below the Spanish mountains and the distant fair weather cumulus were reflecting the red and orange colours after a perfect day.

Captain Philip Rentell

The opinions expressed are those of the author and are not held by Saga unless specifically stated.

The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.