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6th May, 2015

Before today we had three wonderful days at sea, which gave our passengers the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely breakfast and that extra cup of tea or coffee. After breakfast each day our Guest Speakers, Instructors, Beauty Staff and Cruise Staff were in action and busy presenting, organising, hosting and treating.

During our first sea day there was also The Saga Sapphire Gala Lunch Buffet in the Pole to Pole Restaurant, a magnificent Feast prepared by the Food and Beverage Team. That evening not only was there a performance of the Passenger Choir in the Britannia Lounge during the pre-dinner cocktail hour, but after dinner the Britannia Lounge hosted the Famous Saga Sapphire Crew Show.

On the second sea day there was a hilarious audience with Richard Gibson and Kim Hartman (Helga and Herr Flick), and the Hot Rhythm Friends Midday Show with Colin Bryant and Dave Peterson entertaining the passengers with foot-tapping happy jazz. The evening started with the Farewell Cocktail Party during which I had the honour of acknowledging the crew by introducing all the nominees for the Employee of the Month for April, and then the pleasure of presenting the prizes to the winner and the runners-up. This was followed by the auction of the nautical chart on which our courses have been plotted during our month long cruise, and also a signed photograph of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa in aid of the Nepal Relief Appeal.

After dinner, in the Britannia Lounge, Show Time opened with The Credit Crunch Pantomime Cinderella, followed by another performance by Beyond the Barricade providing a fabulous evening of stunning show stoppers. In between these two shows there was yet more money raised with the raffle of a panoramic painting of Istanbul by our Artist-in-Residence David Hemmingway. An amazing total of £3900 was raised for the Nepal Relief Appeal during the cruise. The evening was not yet over, as Show Time was followed in the Drawing Room by Fernando singing some of his favourite songs and music for dancing from The Perfect Mood Duo, while in Cooper’s Bar Dave Peterson entertained at the piano till late.

On our final sea day everybody enjoyed their last day of their cruise in their own way. The Tiffany String Quartet treated our passengers to one of their Classical Concerts, and after dinner the Britannia Lounge featured Explosive Productions who proudly presented their Farewell Show “I Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet”. This was followed in the Drawing Room by Easy Listening with The Perfect Mood Duo and in Cooper’s Bar by The Late Show with Dave Peterson at the piano.

This morning we arrived at the pilot station at 6 am and were berthed by 8.45 am. The end of a very successful, and memorable, 31 night cruise.

Captain Kees Spekman

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