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22nd January, 2018

Well, after a pleasant few sunny sea days northward towards the Canary Islands, we found ourselves approaching Lanzarote basking in a glorious sunrise on the 22nd January. Lanzarote always looks quite barren and volcanic from afar, and in fact it is somewhat barren and very volcanic in reality. But this is part of its charm and uniqueness. I remember fondly a family holiday here when I was a toddler, continuously pestering my father to extinguish a small volcanic blaze on the beach by using my child’s bucket and sea water. He entertained the idea at first but then became bored and returned to his Sunday paper, whilst I remained acutely puzzled as to why this particular fire would not extinguish…

We manoeuvred the ship off the new cruise berth. It was one of those less characteristic berths without piles of steel, logs, grain or freight trains standing on it - but instead a clinical-looking terminal with a duty free shop. We were all tied up by 08:00 allowing everyone to do whatever they so wished ashore. There being no temptation of being drawn into purchasing wooden carvings here, I obviously had no incentive to head off ashore immediately so therefore launched myself into more Captain-like duties, such as eating a large breakfast.

For those who had finished their breakfasts already, there lay awaiting the usual exciting array of tour choices ashore today. A trip to Fire Mountain requires no further explanation when on a volcanic island. No shell-suits to be worn for this one. However, the other tours required a little more reading up in order to ascertain their destination & purpose. A trip to Cesar Manrique’s foundation was offered for example, and for those who haven’t heard of this chap, he is Lanzarote’s most celebrated artists. He has an enormous and impressive garden full of sculptures and oddly shaped local plants, as well a collection of his own paintings to admire. There were scenic trips too, for those who had remembered their spectacles, and historic excursions - for those of us who could remember anything.

Back on board in the evening, Executive Chef Dirk’s sumptuous evening feast awaited after some sail-away cocktails perhaps, and then for Buddy Holly fans, there was a tribute show this evening in his name. Well, that’ll be the day…

Portugal next, anyone?

Captain Kim Tanner

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