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21st March, 2017


Greetings to Everyone. This is my first Blog since returning to Saga Sapphire on 18th March after a most enjoyable 2 months leave. With 2 skiing holidays one is always pleased to come home in one piece!! 

On boarding Saga Sapphire in Southampton it was very evident the ship had just completed a very successful 66 night cruise to Central America. Not to be completely outdone we set off on a 26 night “Springtime in the Adriatic” cruise with a fabulous itinerary, including 4 calls in Croatia. 

With a very comfortable passage across the Bay of Biscay we arrived at the Lisbon Pilot Station at the area known as Belem. I always enjoy sailing up the Tagus river to Lisbon as it is such an attractive arrival. The highlight is passing under the April 25th suspension bridge and sounding the ship's whistle just at the right time. Many of our guests were on deck for our spectacular arrival which saw us dock at the Apolonia Cruise Terminal, a stone’s throw from Black Horse Square.   

A wonderful time was had by all.  At 6.45 pm we slipped our moorings, swung off the berth and headed back down river to the open sea en route for Malaga.

Captain Julian Burgess

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