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24th December, 2016

Christmas Eve in Cadiz

It was a beautiful morning that awoke us as we prepared for our arrival into Cadiz. There was an air of excitement as today we were to meet our smaller sister, Saga Pearl II, who had arrived earlier this morning. The Guests and Crew love meeting up as we open both ships for exchange visits and a chance to catch up with friends and family who are all part of the Saga Family.

As we entered the port it was time to play a tune on the ship's whistle and let the whole of Cadiz know that SAGA had arrived. With hundreds of our Guests on the open decks  waving flags, and a sail in party at the Verandah, there was  a great sense of merriment.

I love Cadiz as the old City is so welcoming, full of narrow cobbled streets and colourful buildings, and from where we dock you can amble straight into town. A few days before arrival we received a message from our agents that the locals were putting on a special welcome in the form of a Zambomba. This is a Christmas themed Flamenco party where everyone joins in the singing and the dancing. I decided to go and see for myself, taking my good lady wife Sally and my 2 daughters Amelia and Madeleine with me. It was a great spectacle after which we sat down to enjoy a delicious Spanish coffee.

With a temperature of 18’C it was perfect for an afternoon stroll around the Old Town and the many small parks with red Poinsettias everywhere. On our way back I decided to drop in on Saga Pearl and show my family our smaller sister – “It’s like a Boutique Hotel” my wife said.

After meeting up with lots of familiar faces from the Saga Family it was time to head back for afternoon tea –as soon as my daughters saw the chocolate fountain they were gone!!

Tonight we are on our way towards Valencia, and scanning the skies for flying reindeer.

Merry Christmas.

Captain Julian Burgess

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