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Le Havre

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4th July, 2016

After an early start –pilot was on board at 5am, we docked in Le Havre well before 7 o’clock. Weather was very kind to us and shortly afterwards we were able to send our guest on the long awaited tour. Wait…Why have we arrived here so early if the first tour was only at 8am? I think I need to have a word with our port manager.

Yesterday in Guernsey, we were at anchor. Some of our guests decided not to go ashore but today they were eager to step on terra firma for a change. With all the tours we had on offer, ‘Discover Beautiful Honfleur’seemed to be the most popular one. Only a short distance from Le Havre, our guests could enjoy most of the day in this small Normandy port. A guided tour took them around the town centre with picturesque narrow streets of half-timbered houses overlooking the harbour. Another tour that attracted quite a few passengers was ‘Fecamp and Etretat’. Part of its program was a visit to Palais Benedicitine, which houses a working distillery that produces the famous liqueur. This was followed by the visit to Etretat with its high white cliffs –twins of those on the South coast of the Isle of Wight.

With so many attractions around the vessel, I did not have much chance to tell you anything about the entertainment on board this cruise. Apart from wonderful shows from our own Explosive team, we had some great guest entertainers as well. First night was all about ‘Remembering the Somme’by Bruce Morrison - solo performance of powerful, emotional and passionate tribute in poetry, words, song and music. Last night we had a chance to listen to some musical artistry of the instrumentalist Kenny Martyn. Fantastic as ever.

Tomorrow we will say good-bye to our passengers. The time has come for me as well to return home. I have immensely enjoyed my last few weeks on board Saga Sapphire. I will be handing over the ship to Captain Philip Rentell tomorrow.

I would like to thank all my Officers, Staff, and Crew for all their hard work during this time and for making my life so much easier. I wish Captain Philip, and all who will sail on Saga Sapphire, smooth seas, safe sailing, and only sunny weather.

See you in September.

Krzysztof Majdzinski

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