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20th January, 2016

Agadir, Morocco

The call into Agadir was a very busy day for the onboard team as Classification Society surveyors were on board for their annual inspection to renew Saga Sapphire's Passenger Ship Safety Certificate. A select few, however, had been chosen to escort some of the shore excursions, and two members of the Explosive Productions team have written of their experiences.

In Agadir a number of our guests went to watch a Moroccan Culture Show and singer, Jamie O’Sullivan, was one of the Escorts:

Our passengers received a very warm welcome from the tour guide and driver when they boarded the coach, which got everyone in the mood, and excitement was in the air as we set off. The tour guide, Namid, first spoke about Moroccan culture explaining to us what we would experience throughout the tour. Before going to the show venue there was a stop at a viewpoint on top of the hill for photographs and the chance to have be photographed with a camel. The views from the hill were amazing and it really helped that the weather was fantastic. When we arrived at the Culture Show venue the performers were already playing music and dancing. Everyone was offered mint tea whilst waiting for the main event to begin. The show was great with acrobats, Moroccan music and traditional local dancing, complete with horse racing which ended with a very loud bang making us all jump in our seats. The musicians and dancers invited everyone to get involved with the performance, which we did, with gusto. On a high our passengers set off back to the ship, passing by the main beach on the way. I thoroughly enjoyed experiencing Moroccan culture.

Some guests went out on a jeep safari tour with another of our Explosive singers, Lia Sundin:

During the tour we stopped off at a number of stunning mountain viewpoints and also visited the botanical gardens where we learned about the uses of Moroccan Argon Trees and other vegetation. There was also the opportunity to indulge in a traditional, and very tasty, Moroccan honey breakfast. Later in the day we took a leisurely stroll through Paradise Valley, marvelling at the natural beauty of the lakes and gorges, as well as coming across camels, donkeys, goats and sheep. This was, without doubt, one of my favourite tours and I hope I get the chance to experience it again.

Captain Philip Rentell

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