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26th February, 2018


Our passage to Bilbao, even crossing the notorious Bay of Biscay in February, was remarkably comfortable and we made good time, arriving as scheduled on Sunday the 25th February.

Probably the highlight of our visit to Bilbao was on the second day. The ship resembled the Marie Celeste as nearly all our passengers and some of the senior officers, attended an Exclusive Event solely for passengers on Saga Sapphire's 'Impressions of the Mediterranean' cruise.

Saga had arranged this very special, complimentary, morning event at the celebrated Guggenheim Museum. On arrival there were Spanish breakfast specialities, tea or coffee and a cocktail reception prior to an exclusive private guided tour of the museum.

The aim of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao has always been to assemble a collection of significant works of art from the mid-20th century to the present day. Highlights of its permanent collection include paintings by Robert Motherwell, Yves Klein, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Anselm Kiefer, Gerhard Richter, Jean-Michel Basquiat and James Rosenquist. Local Basque sculptors Eduardo Chillida and Jorge Oteiza are also represented.

We sailed from Bilbao in fine conditions at lunchtime, bound for Malaga.

Captain Richard Lambert

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