1st December, 2019
A 13 knot passage eastward overnight brought us to our next Canary island – one with about 10 times the population of La Palma. Yep you guessed it – the largest Canary Island of Tenerife.
Dominated by 12,000ft Mount Teide in the south, this beautiful and scenic island enjoys year-round sunshine as much as its neighbours, and has oodles to offer a visitor remaining in situ for just one day.
We berthed in Santa Cruz (yes – another Santa Cruz) in the early morning sunshine at breakfast time, squeezing up in front of another cruise ship also allocated the same pier. In fact, we came so close that she sounded her whistle – almost as if to remind us of her presence. It may have looked close to those observing from afar, but there was still more than 30 metres between our stern and the other ship’s bow.
We had the normal baffling array of tours on offer here with beaches, coastal walks, gardens, mountains, pyramids, forests, tapas, wine and even a trip to a Botanical Oriental Spa on the cards. Alternatively, the complimentary shuttle bus would whisk you in and out of town on a regular basis, should one decide to head off on an exploration, shopping or eating spree…
The sun shone all day and – unusually for this island – there were very few clouds shrouding the mountains today, presenting a marvellous view of Tenerife’s topography. And yes - I’m pretty pleased with that impromptu piece of alliteration there…
We remained in port until 19:00, which presented a nice opportunity for our Cruise Composer to invite a local team of entertainers on board to perform a spectacular pre-dinner show of Flamenco dancing and all sorts, in our Britannia Lounge. Once the locals had completed their routine, they were hastened down the gangway with a bundle of cash, before we promptly set sail to our next Canary Island further east again: Lanzarote.
Part of the reason for my haste in departing on schedule is that a tasty curry was on the menu in the restaurant tonight; those of you who know me well, will be acutely aware that very little comes between me and my food!
Captain Kim Tanner
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