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12th January, 2014

Santa Cruz, La Palma

Arriving at our second port of call this morning slightly earlier than expected, gave every one more time ashore in this beautiful port being La Palma,  also known as ‘La Isla Bonita’ which translates to the beautiful island.

La Palma is part of the western group, consisting of mountain peaks that rise directly from a deep ocean floor. This island is typified by lush forests of pine, laurel and fern which contrast with the rugged splendour of the gigantic Taburiente crater. For those who are interested in architecture this is an interesting place, as it blends modern architecture with old colonial buildings. It so happens to also be fabulous shopping destination for many as you can find reasonably priced silver jewellery, leather goods, and many different pieces of embroidery which is a speciality of the Canary Islands. Being a Sunday however quite a few of the shops were closed, but a few local places did remain open for both Sapphire and the Thompson Celebration.

The most popular tour today was the panoramic, giving everyone the opportunity to see the highlights of La Palma from the comfort of the coach. Those opting for the Volcano and Wine excursion, there was an opportunity to walk up to the rim of the Volcano which is generally weather permitting, but with the glorious weather we have been experiencing over the last few days it was almost certain that everyone would be able to take this opportunity. The Taburiente tour was fantastic for those keen on photography, journeying up into the mountains then travelling towards the crater itself, then taking in the wonderful breath taking scenery. Stopping for some traditional tapas and wine at the end of the excursion was a nice way to finish this 5 hour trip.

Tonight’s entertainment through in the Britannia lounge was a double bill being the Nemesis Quartet, followed by the Explosive Productions with their West End to Broadway show. Dancing under the Stars with the Perfect Mood Duo began this evening at 10:45pm, as we sailed away towards our next port of call, Santa Cruz Tenerife. Passengers took to the dance floor with the officers, staff and members of the crew.

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