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SAGA SAPPHIRE SHIP VISIT - 18/4/17

SAGA SAPPHIRE SHIP VISIT - 18/4/17

Postby Jimmy the One » 22 Apr 2017 17:46

Thanks for the review and photos Geoff looks like a ship I would feel at home on :thumbup:
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Re: SAGA SAPPHIRE SHIP VISIT - 18/4/17

Postby khkate » 23 Apr 2017 11:19

judgegeoff wrote:She was a lovely girl, but was from Saga's Office in Folkestone and was not very familiar with the ship. One person asked her if the water in the baths and showers was fresh water or sea water and she didn't know the answer.

I know that most of the crew are going to be very busy on a change of cruise day, but I would have thought that it would have been in their own interest to provide guides that are familiar with the ship and its basic systems. Only once have we had a guide who was crew (Cruise Director) and that was on the "Oceana Marina".


I agree that is one thing that lets the side down - I think when Jill did her tour, she had a similar experience (its fresh water by the way, as it is for the indoor swimming pool). I know when Glynis and I did our visit last year on Pearl, somebody asked about dress code for the evening and the girl answered wrongly - even though it was writeen quite clearly on the TODAY sheet we had all been given. I did pick them up on this afterwards - that the people doing the tours should be familiar with the ship and things like dress code and other questions that potential cruisers may ask.
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Re: SAGA SAPPHIRE SHIP VISIT - 18/4/17

Postby bobbyoscar » 23 Apr 2017 12:07

khkate wrote:
judgegeoff wrote:She was a lovely girl, but was from Saga's Office in Folkestone and was not very familiar with the ship. One person asked her if the water in the baths and showers was fresh water or sea water and she didn't know the answer.


I know when Glynis and I did our visit last year on Pearl, somebody asked about dress code for the evening and the girl answered wrongly.


I did think of this Lesley when I saw Geoff's comment. :thumbdown:
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Re: SAGA SAPPHIRE SHIP VISIT - 18/4/17

Postby Carwalsick » 25 Apr 2017 12:31

One despairs of the questioner. Reminds me of the American passenger who when told by a deck steward that the outside pool was filled with filtered sea water turned to her companion and said "See I told you I could see the waves."
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Re: SAGA SAPPHIRE SHIP VISIT - 18/4/17

Postby judgegeoff » 25 Apr 2017 14:02

Carwalsick wrote:One despairs of the questioner. Reminds me of the American passenger who when told by a deck steward that the outside pool was filled with filtered sea water turned to her companion and said "See I told you I could see the waves."


Maybe he/she had not cruised for many years.

My second cruise was on the Union Castle's "Edinburgh Castle" from Southampton to Cape Town in 1972. We were then living in Kitwe, Zambia and were returning (with a car and a toddler) after a four month leave in the UK. We had bought a new Peugeot family estate car, used it for our holiday and were taking it back to Zambia. Being in 'steerage' we did not have an en-suite bath/shower room but had shared facilities. The showers were sea water but one could book a fresh water bath if required.

In those days friends and family were allowed to come aboard to say farewell to us, but had to leave when "All ashore who are going ashore!" was called. I remember we had both sets of our parents, Chris' sister and two friends - so a party of 7 to see us off. We were able to show them our cabin and then went to one of the bars for a farewell drink.

We had a stowaway on that voyage, a young lady who wanted to work in South Africa, who was found inside one of the open (just a canvass cover) lifeboats. We only had one port visit in the 22 day cruise which should have been Gran Canaria. However, we were denied entry to the port as there was a ship on fire in the harbour (we were told that it had explosives in its cargo! :o ). So we ended up going to Tenerife instead of Gran Canaria.

Sadly we lost a passenger on that voyage and the poor chap was buried at sea. Apparently he had a history of heart disease and his condition was certified by the ship's doctor and another doctor who was on board. We woke up during the night because the ship had stopped and it had become very quiet (it was quite a noisy old ship). After about 30 minutes the engines started again and, in the morning, the Captain advised us that a passenger had been buried at sea with all due ceremony.

When we arrived in Cape Town we had to wait whilst our car was craned out of the hold and we saw the young lady stowaway, in tears, being escorted away by police officers. It was quite a strange cruise in so many ways! We then had a 3,350 km drive up through South Africa, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and Zambia with a toddler - but that is another story! :)
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Postby Gillzajoker » 25 Apr 2017 16:59

Interesting tale, Geoff! :D
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