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20th October, 2016


After another relaxing day at sea, we arrived in Cadiz on the eve of Trafalgar Day. This was the port from which the combined French and Spanish fleet left before they engaged with Lord Nelson’s fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. We really felt like a part of history today.

We docked at the most convenient place in the harbour, only a short stroll away from the city centre. We could practically see it from the ship and many of our guests, tempted by the view and nice weather, decided to go for a morning walk.

Unsurprisingly, the “Scenic Drive to Nelson’s Last Stand”was the most popular tour today. When people mention Andalusia, the images that come to mind are beautiful beaches, fighting bulls, scenic countryside, and villages of white-painted houses. The drive started with a journey along secondary roads to Medina Sidonia. A beautiful white village that was once the home of Joseph Bonaparte. The tour then continued along the 'Bull Route', passing close to the village of Los Naveros, where some of Spain's most prestigious fighting bulls are bred. Then through the pine forest of La Breña and down to Cape Trafalgar where the famous sea battle took place. Cape Trafalgar and its lighthouse mark the headland where Horatio Nelson won the battle, but sadly lost his life.

Back on board we are getting ready for our homebound journey. It will take us three days to get to Southampton along the Portuguese coast first then Spanish coast, through the infamous Bay of Biscay before we reach the English Channel. On Monday morning, we will say farewell to all our guests who have spent the last month with us. This has been an enjoyably long cruise with fantastic weather and great port of calls. I am a firm believer that a large part of our job on board is creating wonderful experiences and great memories. I sincerely hope we have succeeded and that our passengers have many of these to take home with them.

This was also my last cruise before I go on leave to re-join my family. On Monday I will hand over Saga Sapphire to Captain Philip Rentell. I wish him and all his passengers calm weather and smooth seas. I would like to thank my crew for their fantastic work throughout the last two months. I could not have done much without them.

My gratitude goes also to all our blog readers. Thank you for your time reading my entries. I hope you enjoyed these as much as I did my time on board Saga Sapphire. So until next time…

Captain Krzysztof Majdzinski

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