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15th June, 2016


After peaceful transit from Dover we arrived at the pilot station of Portland harbour just before 7 o’clock this morning. With the pilot on board we sailed in through the breakwaters and docked shortly after. This was the first call of Saga Sapphire to Portland, and everyone was excited about it. I had a chance to chat with a number of our guests and hardly anyone had visited here and definitely not by the sea, so expectations were high.

I must admit that it was not my first call here. Back in 2010 I had an opportunity to get to know this area better when Saga Rose spent some time here. When I wasn’t working I explored the area, and my local knowledge came in handy this morning when I could give a couple of, hopefully helpful, hints to our guests going ashore.

As this was Sapphire’s first visit we received a fantastic send off on departure. As we were leaving the local choir sang for us, only to be interrupted by a very loud cannon salute. Luckily they missed the ship and Saga Sapphire set sail towards St. Malo in France.

This evening our resident Classical Ensemble, The Tiffany String Quartet, gave a marvellous recital featuring works by Mozart, Ravel, and Astor Piazolla which was attended by many of our guests.

Krzysztof Majdzinski

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