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13th January, 2014


There was a very early tour departure this morning and quite a slow start after the fantastic party out on the open deck last night. With the first excursion going at 8:15am just a few were in the lounge this morning bright and eager to see the highlights of Tenerife. Being the largest of the Canary Islands it’s also generally blessed with year round sunshine. The island is dominated by Mount Teide which was a tour that 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 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. Santa Cruz is in fact the islands Capital but was originally a tiny fishing village many years ago.

So this afternoon we set sail at 5:45pm with the Perfect Mood Duo playing farewell tunes. As the night began to draw in it became a little chilly, however it was still a pleasant evening. This evening’s entertainment through in the Britannia lounge was the Nemesis Quartet followed by The Saga Sapphire Orchestra, where tonight they had the opportunity to be in the spot light, performing many much loved pieces in their show “strike up the Band”. Whilst the Orchestra were performing, our ever talented resident cocktail pianist Martin Orbidans was up in the Drawing Room performing his own set, being a mixture of genres.  It’s always great to be able to show case the talent we have here on board Saga Sapphire, and something in which the guests love to see. Finishing the evening The perfect  Mood Duo were up in the drawing room playing for those guests who are keen on dancing, and of course through in the Coopers Bar Martin returned to have a good old fashioned sing song for those who enjoy exercising their vocal chords.

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