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29th May, 2017

Well, it was yet another fantastic morning as we made our approach towards Civitavecchia. Up early I witnessed another brilliant sunrise (photo attached) – I wonder if our Guests are getting bored with all this excellent weather!! With the pilot on board at 0715 we proceeded into the harbour then swung the ship through 180' to dock gently alongside. There were only 2 other cruise ships in port today.

Barely 50 miles from Rome, Civitavecchia has been the city's main seaport for two millennia. Some fortifications and piers date back to the reign of Emperor Trajan, making it one of world's oldest harbours.

Civitavecchia's location makes it ideal to visit Rome either by road or rail. Saga provides the option to view the city by coach, or to drop you in the city so you can "do it on your own". The port also has a main ferry link with the Island of Sardinia.

After an inspection by our Marine and Technical Management Company I decided to go ashore with the Ship’s Doctor for a real Italian pizza. The 20 minute walk towards the main promenade took us past a large fort designed by Michelangelo in 1535.

We found a great pizzeria where I had one of the largest and best pizza's I have ever had. The photo says it all. After a very enjoyable lunch and a photo with the restaurant owner we ambled back to the ship. It's amazing how time flies when you are chatting the whole while.

With a number of tours returning from Rome at the same time we decided to have another Saga "Wow" and greet our guests with a special return ceremony. Many of the Senior Officers were there and at least 50 crew with flags, swaying from side to side to the music being played by our in-house orchestra. It was a fantastic atmosphere and I know our returning guests really appreciated it. The outside decks were packed with Guests watching and enjoying the jovialities on the quayside.

With all lines gone at 1930 we gently guided our beautiful ship out to sea and on towards Ajaccio.

Captain Julian Burgess

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