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11th December, 2016

Casablanca, Morocco

Today Saga Sapphire docked at 8.30am in Casablanca, Morocco.

After my first morning announcement, Cruise Director Kayleigh confirmed that the ship was clear from the Moroccan Port Authority for guests to venture ashore.

Today was a day many were looking forward to as they could explore Casablanca via the comfort of a Saga organised excursion.

Our guests had a variety of tours to choose from, they could take the ‘Rabat Revealed’ excursion, which involved a drive to Morocco’s administrative capital, Rabat, home to the ruling monarch as well as the seat of government where they took the chance to learn more about the city's history and enjoyed a traditional Moroccan lunch. Some chose ‘Casablanca & Rick’s Café’ although not the original –which was merely a film set –our guests could step into Rick's Café which has been designed to recreate the bar featured in the famous 1942 movie 'Casablanca', starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Lastly many took up the option of the ‘Casablanca City tour to discover what the city and culture are like.

Whilst our guests were ashore enjoying themselves the ship’s company mustered for their weekly Crew Drill. Following this I took the opportunity to gather everyone together to formally introduce myself to the whole ship’s company. I wanted to convey to them how proud I am to be part of this wonderful team having observed the service and operations throughout my first cruise in command.  

As we sailed away from our last Moroccan port our Perfect Mood duo created a romantic setting on deck.  They played the theme song from the film Casablanca ‘As Time Goes By’ whilst the Bar Department served cocktails under a wonderful sky.

Tonight Explosive Production’s took to the stage with their final show this cruise ‘Totally Continental’ featuring music from Ireland, Spain, Wales, Italy and Germany as well as performing a show stopping ‘Can Can’ routine paying tribute to France, which received rapturous applause from the audience. 

Captain Julian Burgess 

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