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7th January, 2018


Happy New Year everyone, it's Captain Julian returning from his 8 week leave. Although the weather in the UK was not great, well at least compared to what I am used to, it was a very busy but enjoyable time in the UK. You see last Christmas and New Year I was aboard Saga Sapphire with my wife and 2 daughters sailing round the Mediterranean with the most amazing weather. Anyway time at home is always good, especially during the special festive period and with my daughters on holiday for part of it.

On Sunday 7th January I re-joined Saga Sapphire in Southampton and the first thing that caught my eye was the newly painted funnel and logo. I love the yellow funnel and for those who sailed on Saga Rose and Saga Ruby you will be very familiar with its look. When you return to a Saga ship you always get that special welcome and a feeling of returning to the “family”.

With a full handover from Captain Stuart Horne I took the “helm” once again on a windy and chilly January afternoon. After leaving our City Cruise terminal berth at 1700 we headed down Southampton Water and the Solent en route for the Canaries. As we cleared the Nab Tower pilot station on the east side of the Isle of Wight one got that sense of adventure that we were off to warmer climes.  It was very satisfying to feel the ocean under the ship once again.

We are off on a 14 night Canary Island Constellations cruise with a real theme of Stargazing and Astronomy.

See you in Funchal for our overnight call.

Captain Julian Burgess

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