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2nd April, 2013

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The swells of the last few days had all but disappeared as dawn rose - just an oily sea and no wind. The high mountains of Tenerife were covered in cloud as we approached from the north, rounding the eastern coast just before coffee time.

As we approached the port however, heavy showers could be seen over Santa Cruz and out came the wet weather gear. Fortunately, by the time we slowly steamed through the harbour entrance just before lunchtime, the last of the wet stuff was slowly moving away.

Vlad, our Chief Officer, had organised for two cherry pickers to be available throughout our stay, so the deck crew quickly went to work washing down the ships side. They removed the rust and salt that had been gathering over the previous month or so while the ship was up in the ‘frozen’ north, where nothing could be done because of the weather conditions.

Passengers streamed of the gangway to go on tour or to take the shuttle bus into Santa Cruz. Apart from snow covered Mount Teidi, there were excursions to the villages of Mercedes and Laguna, and for those with a horticultural bent, the gardens of Jardin Botanico, Risco Bello and the orchids of Sitio Litre.

We eventually sailed after the local folkloric ‘Grupo Atteneri’ had performed in the Britannia Lounge.

The departing pilot very kindly giving me a hat of the ‘Practicos de Tenerife’, a gift from the arrival pilot who obviously thought my own was a touch on the worn side. Nice Chaps.

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