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14th June, 2016


We are back! After over two months at the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, Saga Sapphire docked at her home port of Dover on Sunday afternoon. Yours truly joined the vessel the day before she set sail from Hamburg and brought her back to home waters.

During those two months we did a lot of work our passengers will never see, but at the same time spent a lot of time and effort to make Sapphire look like never before. One of the first features our passengers will notice is the change to the funnel - I personally think it looks rather spectacular. Even after all this time in Hamburg we still spent another day in Dover making the final touches, before we all agreed that Saga Sapphire is ready to receive her guests.

This is probably the best occasion to thank each and every one of our officers and crew, as well as our supporting team ashore, for their hard work during that time. We could have not achieved anything without them. Well done everyone, you make us all proud.

So, on Tuesday afternoon our first guests walked along the gangway to be greeted by the smiles of our fantastic crew. No, we have not forgotten how to handle our most precious ’cargo’, and soon Saga Sapphire was full of friendly buzz in every one of her public areas.

My senior officers for this cruise are: Staff Captain Alex Downes, Chief Engineer Steve Hare, Hotel Director Ivar Drageseth and our latest “acquisition”, Cruise Director Ross Roberts. After the compulsory safety drill (duties first) our guests gathered on the veranda deck with a glass of ‘bubbly’in their hands, to enjoy the sail away from Dover harbour as Saga Sapphire moved towards the first port of call of this cruise –Portland in Dorset.

Krzys Majdzinski

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