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Saga Pearl II in Lisbon (2017)

Just wanted some winter sun so booked so booked a 19 night cruise with sister Ann and brother in law Michael in early November calling at Madeira, Tenerife, La Palma, Mindelo (Cape Verde), Praia (Cape Verde), Lanzarote and Lisbon. The weather wasn't wonderful (although it was very hot and sunny in Cape Verde). We would have preferred the sun in the Canaries where the temperature would have been more comfortable.
Anyway, there were many plusses about the holiday. About one week before we went we had a phone call saying that our cabin needed some work done so they wanted to upgrade us to a Junior Suite! Excellent, our own terrace and plenty of room (and Butler Service!).
I've been a bit disparaging about the quality of Saga's entertainment in the last few years but this cruise went a long way to making up for all of my complaints. Firstly, when we got on we found that the Perfect Mood Duo
, who we had seen and raved about several times on the Sapphire, were on board. New to the Pearl and a pleasant surprise. Then we checked the list of entertainers who were coming aboard and saw mention of Carlos Bonell! A classical guitarist who we saw in concert with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra over 40 years ago, we also saw him in 1978 with the London Symphony Orchestra but had forgotten that. He was brilliant and what a coup for Saga. There was also a brilliant pianist (Chris Hamilton) and the Lirica Piano Quartet (Ukrainian) were as good as any classical group we've seen on any ship. I must also mention Stuart Anderson, who we had seen on the Sapphire earlier in the year - I said he was excellent then and I say he was excellent now!
We were also invited to dine on the Captain's Table, first time for 11 years.

The cruise covered the 11th. November and there was a lovely Remembrance Service on board.

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