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29th December, 2012

It was a very slow one engine overnight run form La Gomera to the neighbouring island of La Palma. We’ve been so blessed with the weather, especially as we hear of the dreadful flooding back home. Today was another spectacular sunrise as we approached the port of Santa Cruz. It is a very similar harbour layout as that of La Gomera, but much larger and they also have a small harbour tug.

With the sun just above the horizon I turned the Sapphire around and entered the harbour stern first. Everything was ready for the first passengers to head down the gangway by 8.15am.

La Palma, known as ‘La Isla Bonita’ is one for the lovers of natural beauty. Dominated by the gigantic Taburiente crater and surrounded by lush forests, the capital Santa Cruz is perched on the edge of one of the isles' volcanic craters.

The first tour to leave the Britannia Lounge this morning was the ‘La Palma Panoramic’ tour. This relaxed sojourn took in all of the major places of interest, including the island’s famous crater, the capital itself, and then a short trip back to the ship via the wonderful town of El Paso. It was a stress free experience for all involved and a great way to see this delightful place.

The next tour to depart was a trip focused on geology and La Palma’s volcanic story in the ‘Taburiente Tour’. Driving from the ship along the east coast, passengers were taken to the best viewpoint of the famous crater for a spectacular photo. Afterwards there was a stop at a traditional Bodega, otherwise known as a wine and tapas bar, before the tour culminates with a visit to the crater’s museum.

For something a little different there was the ‘Volcano and Wine’ shore excursion. This begins with a visit to ‘Our Lady of Snows’ church, the patron saint of the island, and then it’s off to different Volcano called San Antonio. It is here that passengers could climb to admire the crater rim, before a final stop at a local winery where guests could sample their wonderful collection.

Many passengers either stayed on board or went for a leisurely walk ashore to brows the shops or sit and watch the world go my whilst enjoying a coffee at one of the many cafes in the charming little town.

One more Canary island to visit before we head north and homeward bound!

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