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Santa Cruz Tenerife

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4th April, 2014

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8:00am this morning, we arrived at the largest of the Canary Islands being Tenerife. Surrounded by beautiful scenery Santa Cruz de Tenerife was founded in 1494. Santa Cruz is in fact the islands Capital but was originally a tiny fishing village. The island is dominated by Mount Teide which was a tour in which some of the passengers chose to go on today. The volcano rises 12,000 feet and is the highest peak in Spanish territory and declared world heritage site by UNESCO. Occupying the main portion of the island, the soil is fertile and agricultural products include tomatoes, grain, cotton, coconut palms, fruit and maize.

Mercedes and La Laguna was the most popular excursion today, on this tour the guests were able to capture views of the outstanding wild countryside and northern coast.

The centre of town was just a short walk away shown by a very distinctive blue line on the pavement; alternatively it was quick ride on the shuttle bus for those less able guests. Tenerife is a fantastic place for shopping with a large variety of shops selling all sorts of duty free items and handicrafts. There were also a number of cafes and bars to enjoy a spot of tapas.

Sail away today was at 1:45pm with the cruise staff and gentlemen hosts out on the open veranda deck. Once again we were lucky with the weather and so a few joined us for a drink or two whilst we listened to the Perfect Mood Duo.

This evening was full to the brim with entertainment with a classical concert from the London Myriad Wind Quartet, titled ‘French fancies’. This included music by Poulenc and the beautiful ‘Clair de Lune’ by Debussy. Following on from the concert through in the Britannia Lounge the Explosive Productions cast presented their show Hollywood Nights. This was a tribute show to all those big blockbuster movie sound tracks which of course went down a storm with our guests this cruise.

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