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26th October, 2019

Well hello there faithful Saga blog readers! Captain Tanner at the helm here again, and straight into a nice little jaunt south in search of the late autumn sunshine of North Africa & the Canaries.

But first, we had to shoot out of the English Channel via the Needles Channel, west of the Isle of Wight, in order to get ahead of one of those October Low Pressure systems looming just west of Biscay. We snuck nicely ahead of it, avoiding strong winds & high seas, and instead enjoyed the so-called Captain’s welcome cocktail party and formal evening instead. A most jolly affair – no doubt in part as a result of my rotten joke told at the Welcome Address…

Two action-packed days at sea then saw Saga Sapphire entering the river Tejo on her approach to the port of Lisbon, early in the hours of Saturday morning. A beautiful sunrise occurred just as we transited under the April 25th Bridge – Europe’s slightly smaller answer to America’s Golden Gate Bridge.

Just before 09:00 we tucked into our berth, squeezing in between two monster cruise ships which had already been alongside there for a good hour or so – no doubt because it took several hours to disgorge their compliment of thousands of passengers…

It was a glorious day, clear blue skies and temperatures in the mid 20’s, made even more glorious by England’s Rugby World Cup match victory (although unfortunately in a somewhat daft ‘heart versus head’ moment, I had earlier put some money down on New Zealand…).

Our guests spent much of the day ashore enjoying Lisbon’s majestic architecture, wooden trams (occasionally driven by maniacs) and of course the famous Pasteils de Belem – otherwise known as warm custard tarts peppered with cinnamon. Delicious!

In the late afternoon warmth, after everyone had waddled back unscathed by passing trams with stomachs full of custard tarts, it was time to sail back down the now fast-flowing river, and out into the north Atlantic again. We would head south for another day until we reached a place called Agadir; a place which always reminds me of that comical and slightly irritating 90’s holiday song…

Now that tune is no doubt firmly resounding through your heads, I shall leave you to try and get rid of it, and speak to you from the warm climes of Morocco in a few days’ time...

Captain Kim Tanner

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