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22nd October, 2014

Las Palmas

Las Palmas was today’s port of call.  Officially known as Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, it is in fact the Capital of Gran Canaria. Berthing approximately 500 yards from the local shopping mall meant today's port of call was convenient for all. For those not on an organised excursion hop-on hop-off buses were taking tourists and locals around the town. With the gorgeous weather we’ve been experiencing a stroll to the local man-made beach was what most of the crew chose to do today.  With it being quite warm however, quite a few of our passengers chose to stay on-board and soak up the rays by the pool.

Today’s most exciting tour had to be the Sand Dune Camel Safari, driving over to the south of the island to Maspalomas, a resort set on the southern tip of Gran Canaria. Those who chose this exciting trip experienced a half hour ride on one of our furry friends whilst strapped into a basket seat.

Today’s most popular excursion was the Essence of Gran Canaria. Here our guests really discovered the volcanic origins of the Canary Islands, as they took a 30 minute journey up to the extinct Bandama Crater which rises nearly 1,900 feet above sea level.

For those guests who remained on board Bridge visits were available in the morning. Unfortunately due to new rules and regulations Bridge visits can only be given whilst we are in port. These tours were, however, popular today with most eager to see where all the action takes place.

There was a pre-dinner classical concert this evening. The Bracciano Quartet performed a rather romantic concert with pieces by Dvorak and Glasunov. Tonight they also performed a mystery piece in hope that the audience would be able to spot the composer. As always they gave a beautiful performance which left everyone wanting more. As our guests left the Drawing Room the restaurant doors opened, with such culinary delights available it’s always a hard task choosing any meal here on board Saga Sapphire. 

The Quiz this evening was hosted by our Assistant Cruise Director Kayleigh Lucas, who ensured she tested our guests' knowledge to the maximum. After this testing quiz most people proceeded down to the Britannia Lounge where our resident production cast performed their show entitled ‘Come On Over To My Place’, a tribute to the legendary Drifters.

Playing late into the evening was Dave Peterson through in Cooper's Bar and the Perfect Mood Duo up in the Drawing Room.

Captain Alistair Mclundie

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