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5th January, 2017


Gibraltar, a favourite for many cruisers, and has long been known as the gateway to the Mediterranean.  Another whole day in port today, and in fact I increased the call time so we now won't sail until 8.00pm.

Gibraltar has been held by the British since 1704, covers an area of 2.5 sq miles and is home to the barbary apes as well as a myriad of caves and tunnels which were made during the Great Siege of 1779-1783.

Five tours were on offer today; Fortress Gibraltar, Dolphin Watch, The Rock, Alameda Gardens & Cable Car Ride, and Europa Point & English Tea. The Photographic team has very kindly sent me some photos from some of these tours. I know speaking with Guests they really enjoyed their shore excursions and particularly the Dolphin Watch where they saw lots of activity.  Although not available in Gibraltar, swimming with Dolphins with my family is definitely on the “bucket list”!! 

The 14th successive day of sunshine was absolutely perfect for the tour to the top of the rock especially via the cable car as can be seen from the attached photograph.

I managed a quick trip on my bike, primarily to get some new pedals and a chain. All changed and now I’m ready to go again –perhaps an hour in our next port of Leixoes might be on the cards.

Before sailing I hosted our Newcomers Cocktail Party which is a great time to formally meet those Guests who are new to Saga. It’s always wonderful to hear how much they are enjoying their cruise and in particular the personal service from our staff, the fantastic food and the small ship feel . Many already feel part of the Saga Family.

At 2030 we were on our way and heading out of Gibraltar Bay towards Leixoes.  Once clear I popped down to the Britannia Lounge to see the Saga Sapphire Crew Show –Wow, what talent we have on board. With Solo’s, group singing, dance groups and even an illusionist the Guests gave them a standing ovation. As our Guests file out they all comment on how brilliant the crew were, and this just typifies the feeling of being part of the SAGA FAMILY. 

Captain Julian Burgess

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