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28th November, 2015

Leixoes, Portugal

Our next port of call on our ‘Celebration Cruise’ was the charming town of Leixoes. Following a most enjoyable and comfortable trip south, we made our approach to the narrow entrance at Leixoes harbour for 0700 on Saturday morning. With our jovial pilot onboard I was able to steer Saga Sapphire into the inner harbour and turn the ship through 180 degrees before moving astern and onto our berth right in the heart of the city.

An example of one of our shore excursions on offer today was the ‘Oporto sights and Douro river cruise’ This relaxing panoramic tour enabled our guests to see the main points of interest that Oporto has to offer.The journey began with a drive through Foz, the cosmopolitan waterfront district. From there it was on to the Old Town, which is a UNESCO world heritage site where our guests saw the iconic Cristal Palace and the 18th century Clergyman’s Tower. They then continued along the impressive Avenida dos Aliados which leads to the Town Hall. Afterwards, our guests had a look at the Sao Bento train station and many other key sights including the 12th century Cathedral Or Sé, the Stock Exchange, St Francisco church and the D Luis and D Maria bridges. Next everyone took to the water for an exquisite river cruise across the Douro to see the beautiful sights on offer. Following this relaxing river cruise they visited a local port wine cellar for a guided tour and had the opportunity to sample a glass or three of the famous port wine.

With all aboard I gave the order to cast off our lines and we set sail out into the Atlantic once more, bound for our next port of call Lisbon. This evening was a formal evening and I had the honour of hosting our Britannia club party to our 500+ members onboard. Tonight I also had the privilege of presenting the first ever ‘Diamond’ members with their pins and certificates, this is for those who have reached the colossal milestone of cruising with us for 1000 nights! Simply remarkable and I must again congratulate Mrs Joy Howe, Mr Dugald & Mrs Susan Davidson, Miss Patricia & Miss Denise Daly, Mr Bill & Mrs Brenda Harper, Mrs Margaret Hill, Mr Dennis Peerman and Mrs Mary Stewart. I did a quick calculation and in total our Diamond members have collectively amassed over 10,000 nights on board - how’s that for a statistic!!

Captain Wesley Dunlop

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