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12th November, 2016

Mystery Cruise Port No.2

We left Cadiz and turned left, then left again and eventually passed through the Gibraltar Straits after midnight, well after most of the folks had gone to bed. In a calm sea as dawn was just breaking we took the pilot for the Andalusian port of  Motril in southern Spain. The sun rose hazily into the high clouds, slowly warming the overnight chill, and the first group of passengers were already on their starting blocks as soon as the gangway went down.

We joined the last coach to leave on the morning tour and headed off along the coast to enjoy magnificent views over the sea before turning inland along a modern highway and heading up into the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Our destination was the estate of Hacienda Senorio de Nevada where a beautiful architect building, ‘La Bodega’, was surrounded by vines as far as the eye could see toward the rolling hills in the distance. By just after 10am (early I thought) the Saganauts were all sat down in a large hall with tables loaded with empty wine glasses. Not for long though as a selection of three locally produced wines were soon being poured. This is becoming a bit of a habit!

Once the wine was ‘loaded’ we were treated to Flamenco, as a guitarist, singer and two dancers came onto the stage. This really did get everyone’s full attention as the lady in particular was not only elegant, but also a stunning dancer who entranced her audience. She performed with a vigour expected from this style of dance that has its origins dating back to the Moorish period in Granada. Eventually, after the wine had magically disappeared and the performers had left the stage, we had an opportunity to wander the grounds and view the typical pastoral scene of southern Spain. 

Back on board a team from Saga head office had arrived to conduct a four day ‘owners’ inspection, I wonder how they knew where to join?

Captain Philip Rentell

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