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28th December, 2012

La Gomera

La Gomera

I was a little apprehensive about arriving at San Sebastian, primarily due to the prevailing strong east wind, narrow entrance and no tug assistance. So I was relieved to find when I arrived on the Bridge at 6.30am that the wind had reduced to around 10mph. With the pilot on board at 7.15am the Sapphire glided gracefully into our berth and was fully secured by 8.15am.

La Gomera, set in the shadow of Mount Teide (on the big island Tenerife across the water) is a hidden gem and it has a more relaxed feel compared to the rest of the islands in the Canary’s archipelago. With the wonderful sunrise in the cloudless sky the sea breeze began to freshen as the sun gained altitude until around 10.00am when it was pressing the ship off the quay and extra ropes had to run out. We were so fortunate with the wind window for our arrival – prayers are answered!

La Gomera

Today’s call at La Gomera was the first for Saga Sapphire, and as is customary with inaugural calls, a small group of local authorities came aboard to formally welcome the ship. After the plaque presentation, a chat and coffee, Edward give them the customary show around our new baby before they went back to work.

For those not heading ashore today, there was plenty to keep them occupied on board. Starting off with an early morning game of carpet bowls at 9.15am. That was followed up by that nautical favourite, Shuffleboard, with Cruise Host Fernando. Both events provided a great way to get some exercise in, whilst at the same time enjoying the warm sun.

For a bit more fun tonight’s main show in the Britannia Lounge was a tribute to the classic music of the 50’s with ‘Happy Days’. The “Explosive Productions Show Team” of singers and dancers wowed all with this high energy non-stop rock and roll rollercoaster.(WOW that’s a mouthful!).

Whilst upstairs in the Drawing Room, we were able to provide passengers with an extra chance to marvel at the singing talents of Geoff Taylor. Performing for well over an hour, this show was extremely well received and had the audience crying out for more as the evening drew to a close.

The days are passing far too quickly. They do say time flies when one is having fun!

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