27th January, 2019
After a smooth nights sailing, we arrived into Santa Cruz, Tenerife in the early morning, picking up the local pilot at 07:37 and being alongside the berth with the gangway down by 08:30. Awaiting us was a tranquil Sunday and chance for a long and leisurely day, with a late sailing time of 23:00. For many guests taking to the streets of Santa Cruz to delight in its 16th Century civic buildings, or to make the journey to La Laguna and admire its magnificent vistas and 18th Century architecture, is a well-trodden road, as Tenerife is a firm favourite with many of our well-travelled Britannia members, as well as those of our guests who take Saga land holidays.
As such, our team in the Office are continually on the lookout for new and interesting sights to be visited and places of interest to be suggested. With a range or organised tours on offer, from the mysterious Guimar Pyramids to firm favourites such as a visit to Mount Teide or the Mercedes Forest, guests had ample choice available to them, with a small group even heading off to La Laguna for an afternoon of wine tasting and tapas trying!! For those of our guests seeking an active day, there is always plenty to keep them amused both onboard and ashore, and with the sun shining many guests could be found enjoying Deck Quoits and table tennis throughout the day, with the Pool Deck BBQ serving up its famous fish & chips for lunch, and the Veranda Grill offering a wonderful buffet selection - outdoors has certainly been the place to be today.
A constant free shuttle service operated from the ship into town, giving guests the opportunity to explore independently with ease. With a wealth of experience at hand at the Shore Excursion Desk, to assist guests with the planning of their destinations and time ashore, a full day in a port such as Santa Cruz, can be as active or as relaxing as you wish to make it. A leisurely Sunday in Tenerife for some meant sitting around the pool with a good book, for others it meant an organised taxi to the South of the Island, or a day kite surfing on the beaches of Las Americas.
As the light starts to fade and I walk along the open decks towards the Drawing Room in readiness to join guests for cocktails before dinner, there are still several guests by the pool, enjoying a glass of wine to finish off their day in the sun.
Another great day on the Saga Sapphire, and many more to look forward too…
Nat Green, Shore Excursion Manager
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