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3rd April, 2014

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

We came in alongside this morning at 8:00am, and with the skies looking bright it looked as though it was going to be a positively fine day. I was greeted by several eager guests this morning at 7:45am in the Britannia lounge ready to go on tour. Come 8:30am the ship soon became a tranquil haven with almost half of the guests having gone on excursions. Today most went on the Essence of Gran Canaria tour. Here they really discovered the volcanic origins of the Canary Islands after visiting Bandama Crater. Our guests took a 30 minute journey up to the extinct crater which rises nearly 1,900 feet above sea level. This gave every one a really fantastic opportunity to take pictures of the wonderful views across 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. Today we were fortunately docked very close to the town centre so shuttle buses weren’t needed. Directly opposite Saga Sapphire was a rather large mall as well which came to the delight of all the crew, who soon went in search of Wi-Fi. Not far from the town was a beautiful man made beach aligned with quaint cafes and bars. Now a popular tourist destination for many Brits, it’s not hard to see why with the subtropical climate which is perfect for growing exotic palms and fruits.


This afternoon a few chose to explore Maspalomas a resort set in the southern tip of Gran Canaria. They arrived at the beautiful sand dunes where they then took a camel ride whilst strapped into a basket seat. This allowed them all to admire the beautiful views from a completely different perspective. This unique experience left everyone returning back to the ship eager to tell all about their adventure.

With the fantastic weather we’ve been experiencing, it was the perfect opportunity this evening to have a BBQ out on the open deck. So at 7:00pm the food and beverage team opened the doors for everyone to enjoy some of the visual feasts the chefs had been busy preparing. Live music from the Perfect Mood Duo really enhanced the atmosphere, and with the wine flowing the guests were soon in a merry mood ready for a spectacular show from West End Vocalist Mike Sterling. Having seen Mike perform previously we were all very excited to listen to him sing once again, and as expected he didn’t fail to deliver. After main show time Lilly and Zoltan our resident duo entertained those up in the Drawing Room, whilst Martin Orbidan’s tinkled his ivories through in the Cooper’s Bar.

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