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Southampton, England

Saga Sapphire blog - Captains' blogs

22nd November, 2015

Southampton was a busy day for all on board as we prepared to commence what will be a most memorable voyage, our ‘Celebration Cruise’, where we will be celebrating in style 18 years of Saga cruising.

We welcomed onboard our passengers in true Saga style, and it was a delight to see so many familiar faces with over 500 members of our Britannia club, together with a few new faces too.

Just as our passengers remember the faces of the crew whom they have sailed with before, our crew members, who pride themselves on providing an exceptional level of customer service, welcome passengers whom they recognise as they come aboard. In fact, walking around the ship on the first day is a little bit like attending a big family reunion, as passengers and crew bump into familiar faces and rekindle friendships.

I am also delighted to be welcoming onboard some familiar faces from the world of Saga Cruising including: Jim Clench, former Managing Director of Saga Shipping, Ross Furlong former Director of Hotel Operations, Tony Dent, the consummate Saga Cruise Director, and my former colleague Captain David Warden-Owen.

We departed shortly before 9pm and, having cast off from Ocean Terminal, I positioned the ship in the Solent where we were treated to the most spectacular fireworks display I have ever seen; it truly was a spectacle to behold and only right that such a special voyage commence in this manner!

Having dropped our pilot off at 11pm, and with the party still in full swing, we plot a course due south to our first port of call, Le Havre in France.

Captain Wesley Dunlop

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