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18th February, 2018


I arrived on the Bridge at 0645 this morning and just as dawn was breaking for our approach to Arrecife, Lanzarote. I love mornings and the first glimpse of this new day with light NE’ly winds had the makings of a great call. We embarked our pilot at 0730 approx 2 miles from the harbour entrance and just as the sun was rising. After a swift swing in the harbour we glided astern towards our berth and were all fast shortly after 0815. Another docking without tugs.

Lanzarote is a volcanic Island designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with a dramatic landscape shaped by an “explosive” past. The photos attached give a good representation of that. Most people though think of its pretty beaches, white-washed houses and the very dry climate providing the perfect winter retreat. Our tours today took guests to “Fire Mountain”, “Scenic Lanzarote”, “Tequise Market” and the “Lanzarote, Yesterday and Today Tour”.

After our morning Crew Emergency Drills I headed ashore with 2 colleagues for some Tapas and a small beer. We found a lovely restaurant where we could dine Alfresco and enjoy the views across a small inner fishing harbour as shown in the colourful photo. In addition to the Tapas I could not resist a plate of grilled squid. Whilst the food on board is outstanding it’s always good to get ashore for a change of scenery and try some local cuisine.

All on board was set for 7.00 pm, and with everyone back 15 mins before this we slipped our lines bang on the hour and Staff Captain Franko “drove out” and took the ship to sea. He was going to have a busy evening as he was also to make 2 appearances in the Saga Sapphire Crew Show - one as a solo artist and one as a member of the “If I were not upon this ship” routine. It was a superb night. There is so much talent amongst the crew – if you have not seen the crew show on board you really have missed out. For many Guests this is a real highlight of the cruise.

Captain Julian Burgess

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