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25th November, 2015

Brest, France

A relaxing day at sea followed our call to Le Havre where our passengers were able to relax and unwind, or indeed take part in the plethora of activities and lectures on offer. One such lecture was from my former colleague Captain David Warden-Owen who presented his talk on ‘Saga Rose’ to a jam-packed Britannia Lounge; it was delightful to see Captain David wax lyrical over the wonderful ship of which we all have so many fond memories. The evening proved to be a real treat too as we welcomed to the Britannia Lounge stage TV star and comedian and impressionist Jon Culshaw who had our guests rolling in the aisles with laughter as he worked his way through just some of the 350 impressions he does including Barack Obama, Andy Murray, Simon Cowell and his very latest character…….our very own Cruise Director John Parton! Needless to say a wonderful night was had by all!

Wednesday morning saw us arrive in the beautiful city of Brest, a maiden call for Saga Sapphire and indeed myself. Our gangway was in position at 8am on the dot and shortly after the first of our tours departed. The first tour was entitled ‘Brest and the Naval Museum’. Leaving the pier our guests joined a coach for a panoramic drive around the city of Brest, which was rebuilt after World War II to a geometric plan. The modern streets have evocative names, such as ‘Bougainville’, ‘Lafayette’ and ‘Siam’, and from the seafront promenade, Cours Dajot, there are fine views of the harbour. The drive then took our guests to the impressive Castle, dating from the 15th century, which is now home to a magnificent Navel Museum. During the tour of the museum our passengers saw models of old ships, navigational instruments and paintings depicting the heyday of sailing: the exhibits trace the history of the port from the time of Cardinal Richelieu to the present day.

Some of our passengers took the opportunity to hop on our complimentary shuttle bus and meander around this beautiful city at their leisure. We departed at 7pm and, following another delicious dinner, we welcomed everyone into the Britannia Lounge for tonight’s Showtime featuring the fabulous talents of virtuoso violinist Michael Bacala and his explosive performance of music from all over the world.

Captain Wesley Dunlop

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