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12th January, 2013

Santa Cruz, Tenerife

The short overnight passage to Tenerife was executed with Mount Teide providing visual reference for most of its duration by virtue of the stars that it obscured. The volcanic mountain occupies the main portion of the island of Tenerife looming 12,198 ft out of the sea, dark as night, in defiance to the blue of the surrounding ocean.

Another Santa Cruz! Seafarers in the age of discovery and colonisation lacked a little imagination when it came to naming places it appears. Pretty much everywhere the Spanish or Portuguese went to it seemed compulsory to name at least one place Santa Cruz. There are 124 places named Santa Cruz spread over 26 countries, 20 of which I found were in Brazil!

Ironically there was one place that was called Santa Cruz in the 16th Century but then changed its name to Agadir, another port of call for us this cruise. So if you do ever plan to go to Santa Cruz make sure you get the right one.

Santa Cruz Mk II is a busy port with extensive infrastructure supporting the city that has grown up around it. It is also the place where Nelson lost his right arm in Battle in 1797. The vessel berthed on the inner side of the harbour wall which also serves as a road for the busses and coaches to and from the cruise vessels moored along its length.

The weather for our stay could have hardly been better, providing our passengers with that bit of winter sun that they needed to make up for our British summer. The late night sail from Tenerife ensured that passengers could get the most out of our stay before once again Saga Sapphire stealthily slipped out of the port under cover of darkness.

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