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16th October, 2016


Following a sea day yesterday, with gorgeous weather and a fantastic Greek Fiesta lunch prepared by our crew, we arrived in Valletta’s Grand Harbour together with the first rays of the morning sun. After pirouetting Saga Sapphire in one of the basins, I “squeezed” her between two much larger cruise vessels and docked in the perfect spot just outside the passenger terminal.

Once again, the weather was very pleasant and everyone was eager to explore this lovely place. One of the popular tours today was “Scenic Malta”. Initially the coach headed north, through rural and agricultural areas, past Mdina, Malta’s old capital. Then through Xemxija Bay, continuing along this coastal road, where just a short distance offshore our guests could see the islands where allegedly St Paul was shipwrecked in AD60, when the islanders converted to Christianity. The tour continued towards the fishing village of Marsaxlokk, where Napoleon landed. Nowadays, it is famous for its quaint harbour, with its colourful ‘Luzzu’ fishing boats. Finally, passengers were driven to Zurrieq, famous for the Blue Grotto. In addition, here they could admire the tiny rock island of Filfla, home to migrating birds.

For a long time John, our Cruise Director, has wished to be at the Great Harbour on a Sunday. He organized a special Sunday worship service led by Canon Ian Ainsworth-Smith on the Veranda deck, in this beautiful setting. It was attended by many, and then more joined them as we were sailing out of the harbour, to enjoy the great scenery around us. As we were passing the saluting gallery, the impressive 7-gun salute (all of them missed) bade Saga Sapphire farewell. We then sailed through the breakwaters on our way towards Mahon in Menorca.

Captain Krzysztof Majdzinski

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