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6th December, 2018


Just back on-board, having been to a fantastic event ashore. More of that later.

Sailing from Cagliari on Tuesday, we closed onto the Western tip of Sicily at ten o’clock yesterday morning. From there we coastal-cruised along the islands southern shore until just aft 13.00, when we peeled off to head for Malta. The cruising was lovely, lots to see, but, so funny that I could not tell my guests where we were or what we were doing. It’s a Mystery…right! Enjoyed more for the beautiful day, calm seas and blue skies.

It was a formal night last night, by design, with the intention to slip away from Dinner for me to drive the ship into Valetta; without the Guests being aware. So, I slipped away from my table, after a pre-arranged ‘bleep’, and up to the bridge for 2045. Whilst the Guests finished their dinner and went to the Britannia Lounge show ‘especially’ early, as other mysteries were afoot. During the show I slipped the Saga Sapphire into the Grand Harbour, whilst the Syd Lawrence Orchestra set up on the Veranda deck aft.

The show finished just as we completed our ‘swing’ in the harbour and slowly went astern into the berth. Michelle, our Cruise Director from the Emerald Isle, broadcast for all Guests to proceed up to the Veranda where a deck party awaited. Backing down towards our berth, right in the centre of town, with a live-open phone line from the Bridge to the Firework organiser ashore, the Firework display launched at the perfect time and just meters from the ships stern. What a show, a perfect warm evening, SLO playing away and the fireworks, by Jove it was loud.

To top it all, we “poor” workers on the Bridge were treated by Dirk, the F&B manager, who had organised some posh ‘steak-sandwiches’ for the Bridge team. Very nice. The picture is of me ‘parking’ amongst all the noise. Fab evening last night.

This evening, after another day of great shore excursions; we had a Royal event! Her Royal Highness, Princess Michael joined the ship for a dinner ashore in the Sacra Infermeria; a 450 year old Hospital steeped in history. What a venue. All the Guests came ashore in coaches, a huge logistical exercise, but what a venue. The photo does not do it justice really.

We were all there for 1900hrs and carriages were called at 2200hrs. Actually, by the time we poured out, it was nearer 2300hrs, what an evening. Something to remember, that’s for sure.

Time for bed said Zebedee.

Captain Stuart Horne

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