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3rd April, 2017


Our last Croatian port on this 26 night “Springtime in the Adriatic”is Hvar and what a delightful port this is. Although too small for us to go alongside, with Saga Sapphire we were able to anchor within ½mile of the pier. We were all ready to take our Guests ashore from 0800 and with all 4 tenders running throughout the day it was a very smooth operation. This was my first Tender port with Saga Cruises and I was very impressed with the ship and shore party organisation. Our Crew as always were brilliant with assisting Guests in and out of the boat.

In the afternoon it was very calm so I took the opportunity to go for a wander. I was last in Hvar in 1986 during a 4 week Inter-rail trip after finishing my apprenticeship. I just could not recognise anything as 30 years on from a Communist regime the drab buildings were replaced with very attractive houses, restaurants, bars and a delightful small harbour. After my walk round I joined a few of the ship's staff for a coffee whilst sitting outside and enjoying the views across the harbour.

With everyone back on board we “weighed”anchor and weaved through the off lying islands before setting a steady course back down the Adriatic Sea. With 4 ports in a row, our Guests and myself are ready for a few days at sea.

Captain Julian Burgess

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