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27th December, 2016


Buenas Dias, on arrival into one of my favourite cities. With the pilot on board at 0630 the Chief Officer kept the Con (control of course & speed) and took us close to the berth before I took over and docked the ship. 99% of ports in the world now require a pilot as each port makes sure each and every ship is under the guidance of an expert.  Not every ship has the level of manning and ability we have on Saga Sapphire. With a swift manoeuvre we were alongside by 0740 and the ship was cleared by the local authorities ready for 0800. 

Barcelona has so much to offer with its spectacular Mediterranean scenery, open air cafes, the famous mosaic paved Ramblas with all the street entertainers and of course some spectacular architecture, the most notable of which is Antoni Gaud’s Sagrada Familia. I have attached a few photos taken by our photography team headed up by Victoria –I wanted to capture the best images for you. 

The Shore Excursions team had a very busy morning with 4 tours heading off around the city or further afield to Montserrat with the Rack Train. I have not been to Montserrat, but certainly will now that I’ve spoken with a number who went on the tour. “Spectacular Scenery” and a beautiful mountain area was what I was hearing time and again –I think I’d better head to Montserrat next time I’m in town.

Although a busy day of meetings and inspections, I managed to head out on my bike again with the continually expanding Saga Sapphire cycling club. We managed 38km today which was a great ride along the coast to the North and mostly on dedicated cycle paths –the Spanish really are geared up for cycling.

With a later sail just after 9.00 pm we headed back to sea and sailed off in to the night and towards Livorno for our call on 29th December.

Buenas Noches

Captain Julian Burgess

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