A Very Merry Christmas to you all Ladies and Gentlemen!
Following a wonderful Christmas morning spent at sea during which time I welcomed our passengers first to a Christmas Morning Church Service led by our Chaplain the Reverend Tim Couchman and then to a traditional lunchtime Christmas Cocktail Party. At the party I decided to let our guests into the story of my Christmas the previous year. As many of you will know my Wife Kelly gave birth to our dear little boy Corey on the 27th December 2010, having been in labour since Christmas Eve! I miss them both dearly and I hoped this Christmas would prove to be a slightly less fraught affair!
I then invited our guests into the Dining Rooms for a traditional Christmas Lunch, Turkey with ‘all the trimmings’ was the favoured choice of the day, complemented beautifully with complimentary wine-a little Christmas gift from me. Lunch proved to be a gastronomic delight-all served up in typical Saga style and elegance.
I’d set our arrival time for our overnight stay in Tenerife at 6pm this evening, allowing our guests a few hours respite with which to ease off the luncheon excesses.
As I guided the Saga Pearl II gracefully around the breakwater at Santa Cruz harbour and onto her berth it seemed like no time at all before we were all fast and our gangway was duly landed.
All our guests were offered the chance to take part on a complimentary tour to an open air Classical Concert in the port, laid on each year by the people of Tenerife on Christmas Day and attracts well in excess of 10,000 locals. From speaking to those who attended it was said to be a truly magical evening and the perfect way which to round off Christmas Day, certainly something to be considered again for the future I think.
As Boxing Day arrived I was on hand at the gangway to bid farewell to those guests on this morning’s first excursion to ‘Mercedes and La Laguna’. Our passengers travelled to the charming fishing village of San Andres, one of the islands oldest settlements and famous for its stunning golden beach, Las Teresitas. Interestingly, the beach itself was partially manmade using 216,000 tonnes of sand imported from the Sahara. Along with enjoying some stunning scenery and visiting some of the islands most historic sites, our passengers were also able to relax and refresh with some local wine and cheese.
The next tour this morning took our passenger’s to visit one of Tenerife’s most striking natural features. Rising 12,000 feet, ‘Mount Teide’ is the highest peak in the Spanish territories and is a volcano that has lain dormant for a hundred years. The all day tour also provided a chance to visit Los Roques de Garcia with its views of extraordinary, lunar like landscapes that are made up of unusual rock formations, lava flows, vast flatlands and volcanic tunnels.
As we drifted off our berth and out to open sea once more the evening’s entertainment started with a team trivia quiz hosted by our Assistant Cruise Director Mike. Cabaret Showtime followed where Piano A Deux with ‘Rhapsody to Royalty’ took to the stage. For those passengers who wished to continue the evening, there was ‘Late Night Cabaret and Cocktails’ to be had with our cocktail pianist Adam.