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28th October, 2013

Las Palmas

Las Palmas is one of my favourite islands in the canaries and probably one of the prettiest, officially known as las Palmas de Gran Canaria; it is in fact the Capital of Gran Canaria. With a bright sunny start to the day despite the forecast of rain most of our crew headed off to the beautiful man made beach not too far from where the ship was birthed today. Only 100 metres from the Sapphire was also a rather large shopping mall to the delight of the resident explosive productions cast. A spot of retail therapy was also had by our guests today with the abundance of shopping bags which were seen to be brought back to the ship.  A few ventured off to Puerto Morgan today which is Gran Canarias’s smallest and southernmost resort, offering a different charm in contrast to the more commercial resorts on the island. Within Las Palmas today there was an awful lot of construction work underway yet you could still see how beautiful this little town really is. With the subtropical climate this is a perfect place for growing exotic palms and fruits. One of the tours departing today was a sand dune camel safari which took you to the sand dune in Maspalomas where they rode camels across the dunes of course strapped into a basket seat.

Today we were fortunate enough to be able to welcome on yet another local act what with having a slightly later sail away. As always the show seemed to be popular with everyone filing into the Britannia lounge early, eager to get a prime seat. After a spectacular show in Lisbon from the local university students, expectations were of course high. But once again a fantastic show by Abenechara who really didn’t fail to deliver. This group presented more traditional folk music which included chants along with dance. With quite a long performance comes the end of the act Abenachara unfornately had to leave swiftly with the security ready to lift the gangway up so we could prepare to set sail towards our next port of call being Porto Grande.

After the evening meal everyone once again came into the Britannia lounge ready for yet another show, but instead with the delightful Sally Jones tonight, a musical comedy actress who’s stared in all the big west end musicals. Sally of course had the audience in raptures last night, a truly wonderful show leaving us all wanting more.

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