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25th December, 2016

Christmas Day

As this is my first Christmas with Saga Cruises I thought I’d share with you what a fabulous day it was.

After sailing from Cadiz on Christmas Eve we transited through the Gibraltar Straits at 0200, which was about the time the Bridge Officers sighted a UFO on their radar systems. There was also a report of the sound of bells. It can only of been Santa Claus as at 0645 (a lie in!!) my daughters appeared and found two sacks each, a half-eaten mince pie, a broken carrot and an empty glass.  After the traditional opening of the stockings in bed it was time for a special breakfast, and Eggs Benedict certainly fitted the bill.

Mid-morning found us in the Britannia Lounge, with myself conducting the Traditional Christmas Day service, which I really enjoy doing. It was a wonderful occasion with the 20 strong Filipino Choir starting things off with the rendition of “Mary’s Boy Child”. There was then the traditional mixture of 7 lessons, carols and prayers with our Chaplain reading the Bidding prayer and various crew and officers all reading a lesson. We also had the very tuneful Saga Sapphire Guest Choir, and a spine tingling solo of Silent Night, Holy Night by Chloe our Production Cast Manager.

An afternoon gameshow, the Queen's Speech and a Christmas Day Cocktail Party “warmed our Guests up perfectly for a superb Christmas Dinner –hopefully the attached menu will make you feel envious. Then to top it all off the Cruise Director organised a Christmas Variety Show,  with the BBC Big Band and Ronnie Scott’s Vocalist and Trumpeter Georgina Jackson, followed by the West End Duo Bells & Baxter.

For those of you who haven’t cruised at Christmas with Saga then I suggest you think again –I’ve also included a few pages from the on board “Today”paper. 

Captain Julian Burgess

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