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1st June, 2017

Sea Day

With 2 days at sea between Ajaccio and Gibraltar it was time to create a few Saga Moments.

As you know yesterday, the first of two sea days, was spent close cruising along the North Coast of Menorca, then Majorca which has a dramatic rugged coastline with many beautiful Calas (Bays). En route we passed the stunning Cap Formentor on the Northern Tip of Majorca and Port Soller.

For the second sea day I was involved in “Ready, Steady Cook” in the morning with Kevin Woodford as MC. The two competing Chefs, Gavin Baxter –Executive Chef, and Horst Pint, Hotel Operations Director, were brought on stage first for their general introduction. It was then the turn of the “Sous Chef’s” – Jo Boase our Cruise Director, and me.

Just before we headed to the preparation table I thought we should have some extra fun and swapped the bags of ingredients!! You should have seen the expression on Gavin and Horst’s face when Jo and I opened our bags – priceless!! Then, to add even more confusion, Kevin Woodford swapped the bags again right in front of their eyes.

It was such a fantastic event and I was tasked with preparing the flambé apple and calvados dessert – I left the flame throwing to Horst. After both sides had finished their 3 courses a couple of guests came to the stage to sample the goods and make their comments.

The guest sampling our oriental beef salad, Wiener Schnitzel with a special potato salad, and then the sliced apple Calvados desert was in seventh heaven, and particularly loved the dessert – the Captain was very happy.

The audience then voted with their cards of either a green apple or red pepper. Kevin “sat on the fence” and declared the competition a draw. I’m sure there were more votes for our team. I loved our food, but must say that Gavin and Jo’s mushroom risotto was simply divine.

After the Ready Steady Cook we had a magnificent Grand Bar-B-B-Q Buffet followed by a Tug of War event. This was fantastic fun and we managed to cobble together a “Senior” team called the 5 stripes. There was a full crowd on deck to witness this thrilling event, and some said it was the best sea day they had experienced.

Wow what a day – only Saga could do this!!

Captain Julian Burgess

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