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8th October, 2016


When we approached the pilot station this morning, I could almost feel the buzz of anticipation around the ship. Venice is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. To sail into Venice is a true delight and one that will remain in my memory for a long time. Many passengers were out on deck early to enjoy the truly spectacular views as Saga Sapphire sailed quietly passing St Mark’s Square and on towards our berth.

This was a rather busy port for us. Not only did we have guests going on the tours, but also some of our passengers were going home today with another group joining for the remainder of the cruise. This, together with the Italian organization ashore, made it all look a little chaotic at first. Especially as some of it used water buses instead of regular road coaches. The spectacle was truly amazing and it was fun to watch, when all the pieces actually worked together. The Italian temperament was evident with some of the local workers. Even if you do not know the language, you could guess their intentions just by looking at their hands.

Venice Panoramic Boat Tour was the most popular tour today. A private motor-boat took our guests on a mini-cruise around the Venetian Lagoon. They went past the Giudecca Canal and Giudecca Island, the Redentore and Zitelle Churches and the Old Customs House, also the entrance to the Grand Canal, with St Mark’s Square and its world-famous sights. They enjoyed the views of the Isola San Giorgio, Vivaldi’s Church, the Isola San Servolo and the Santa Elena Gardens. The mini-cruise then continued with views of the Lido, the Arsenal and the island of San Michele. Used as the city’s cemetery, the island is the final resting place for many famous people including Ezra Pound and Igor Stravinsky.

We stayed in Venice until the evening, which gave our guests an opportunity to enjoy the fantastic sail away from the lagoon, this time at night. It was a simply incredible moment and a truly spectacular way with which to finish our day in Venice.

Krzysztof Majdzinski

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