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27th November, 2017

Dry Dock

Hello Blog Followers, it's Captain Stuart Horne back in circulation after what seemed like a busy leave. Perhaps it was akin to the 'retired but busy' syndrome!

Taking over from Captain Julian on the 13th in Southampton we were off to Bremerhaven for our refit period with 16 days in the Lloyd Werft dry-dock facility.

Dry-docks are required primarily to undertake work on the ship that cannot be done whilst in passenger service and to ensure we comply with both Class and Flag requirements. A bit of an MOT if you will. The majority of the work is being conducted in the technical spaces, in the engine room and below the water line, hence the dry-dock. Some refreshing of the passenger spaces will be undertaken, so I hope you'll enjoy the feel of new carpets underfoot.

The weather has been a little bit challenging with a lot of rain and really quite chilly conditions, down to 5 degrees Celsius as a 'high' for the day. That said, today was a beautiful winter's day, dry and crisp, with clear blue skies - although of course cold. A great chance to get the paint-work done on the hull.

I have attached a few pictures of Saga Sapphire in dock - resplendent with her new brand style 'name' on the bow. We'll be out with a refresh of paint on the funnel too, the Blue has gone, the Yellow is back. She does look lovely.

Looking forward to seeing you on our return to service on the 3rd December.

Captain Stuart Horne

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