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29th January, 2019

Arrecife, Lanzarote

It was still dark outside in the morning as we arrived into Arrecife, Lanzarote, picking up our pilot just after 0700. We settled into the port Muelle de Cruceros at 0800 and the gangway was rigged and ready for the day ahead shortly afterwards. With a windy morning ahead of us and the predicted temperatures of around 15 to 19C Celsius, guests were wrapped up for the Canary Islands call.

The Immigration officers embarked as soon as the gangway was secured and they were taken by the Crew Purser to the Card room where our Chief Purser was waiting with all the clearance paperwork ready. As we prepared all the necessary documents the evening before, the local authorities cleared the ship in no time. The morning announcements were made by the Captain and the Cruise Director and our guests were heading out on tours and making their way ashore.

From scenic to strenuous options, our guests were about to experience some breath-taking highlights here in Lanzarote, with magical viewpoints and fantastic caves as two possible options to be explored. Several guests joined a very scenic walk; trekking in the Palma Valley; a lesson of history on Cesar Manrique, Lanzarote’s most celebrated artist: and a wonderful lunch was provided for a boutique offering at the Fire Mountain Timanfaya National Park, where volcanos erupted in the 1730s for six years and covered nearly a third of the island with lava.

There is so much to see in the Canary Islands! Arrecife. Lanzarote is a volcanic island designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The Island has a very dramatic past due to its explosive volcanos but nowadays the main port and capital, Arrecife, is a pleasant town with a modern seafront and colourful gardens. Outside the capital there is plenty to explore, especially worth visiting are the unspoilt fishing villages scattered around the coast. The Island is also home to a great selection of restaurants offering many local specialities and of course plenty of fresh fish and seafood.

With everyone on board by 1530, we were already to sail 30 minutes later and many guests joined the sailaway party on deck – of course with a cocktail or two!! Next port is Agadir, Morocco!

Alina Berbecel I Second Purser

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