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24th March, 2018


So, here we are in fabulous Funchal, having very sadly had to miss out visiting La Palma yesterday due to a technical issue with one of our engines.

So, last night we arrived in Funchal. I took two tugs to berth, it was funny really. It was a beautiful evening, very calm and when I ordered the tugs, you could cut the silence. The Funchal Pilots, whom I have known for many many years, did the hailing speech: “ welcome to our beautiful island, the weather is great . . . and you need tugs!

So our Guests were able to enjoy a beautiful summer evening dining on-board with the fabulous backdrop of Funchal and, as the sun set, the twinkling lights were a real spectacle. Mind you, not all the guests dined on-board, there were a few late-night revellers going ashore last night!

What an absolutely fantastic day Saturday proved to be, probably the best Mr Blue-Sky day of the cruise. The temperatures rocketed to 26 Celsius in the shade.

With all fixed in good time, a great job by Len and his team of engineers, we were ready to sail as scheduled at 1700. I invited our Chief Officer, Emmeline, to drive out this evening. It was her first ‘drive’ of Saga Sapphire. The ole girl, I’m talking about the ship not Emmeline!, is a bit of a handful and has a mind of her own and Emmeline did a lovely job.

Clearing around the North East corner of Madeira by 2100, we set our NNE’ly course for Southampton, a course we will follow for almost three days.

Captain Stuart Horne

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