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12th November, 2015

Casablanca, Morocco

The approach to Casablanca harbour is an interesting one in that a large swell often develops close to the harbour entrance. In order to counteract this, and ensure no orange juice was spilled at breakfast, I kept the speed up as we passed through the breakwaters into the inner harbour and ensured the stabilisers were left out until the very last moment. This proved to work well and very shortly after the Saga Sapphire was made fast safely on her berth.

Today there were 3 tours to choose from the first one being the ‘Casablanca and Hassan ll Mosque’ which departed at 8:15am. The first destination on this tour was the Habbous quarter and the Royal Palace where our Guests could view the Mhakama du Pasha Law courts and the Cathedral Notre Dame. They then took the coastal road to the Hassan ll Mosque, after admiring its interior they continued along the Corniche to see the sweeping views of the Atlantic. The tour was completed with a welcome stop at a hotel for refreshments and having some free time in the city centre for some shopping and independent exploration.

The second tour that departed at 8:30am was the ‘Rabat Revealed’ excursion. Before heading out of Casablanca our Passengers paused for a photo stop at the Hassan ll Mosque, and then proceeded to Morocco’s administrative capital, Rabat. The first stop was at the Royal Palace esplanade to admire the beautiful gardens and exquisite mosaics. They then learnt a little more about the city’s history as they visited the Hassan Tower and Mausoleum, finishing the tour with a traditional Moroccan lunch and a leisurely drive back to Casablanca.

With all our guests safely aboard we departed the harbour in the early evening and now plot a SW’ly course towards the Canary Islands and our first stop there, Arrecife on Lanzarote.

Captain Wesley Dunlop

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