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31st May, 2018

Dublin, Ireland

As Dublin is a tidal port SAGA Sapphire embarked her pilot at 0130 and was docked by 0300.

The Port Officials arrived at 0730 and immediately cleared the ship. There was a local tourist information desk on board set up near the reception ready to assist our guests.

Announcements had been made by the bridge team followed by our Cruise Director Simon to give our passengers all the information they needed to know before proceeding ashore.

Five exciting excursions were offered by our Shore excursion team, Andy and Rose. All guests booked for the excursion received their sticker group from the Britannia lounge just before heading to their tour. Our guests also enjoyed this beautiful town independently with our complimentary shuttle bus running into the centre of Dublin.

The ship sailed shortly after 1530 as again there were tidal restrictions and by 1700 was well clear of the port and setting course for Liverpool.

The highlight of the afternoon was an interview with former motorbike racer and 11times TT winner Philip McCallen by our Cruise Director Simon. A very friendly and interesting gentleman, who accommodated all guests for photos with his brand new motorbike that he had brought on board, and answered questions about his past career. Even I joined in the photo opportunity and asked him a few questions.

In addition to this we had a Britannia Party together with our New Comers as with a very hectic cruise schedule involving 2 late evening sails we decided to combine the 2 groups. I thought this was a very good idea giving a further opportunity for our loyal guests to meet our Newcomers and share their wonderful experiences on travelling with Saga.

The main show-time was our wonderful, Explosive Production team with another energetic show, ‘Totally Continental’ which includes Irish Dancing. While our late night cabaret, the very popular Stuart Anderson with his special “Whisky in the Jar”, recreating the atmosphere of an Irish pub.

Resty Sacedor

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