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Arrecife, Lanzarote

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23rd October, 2014

Saga Sapphire sailed in to Arrecife, Lanzarote this morning at 8:00am berthing alongside at the Muelle de Crucero dock.

Arrecife is a volcanic island, with its dramatic landscapes shaped by its explosive past, today’s destination is quite an interesting port of call for many. Here there are pretty beaches which are enjoyed by many tourists throughout the year, and with its virtual absence of rain together with its duty free shopping, Arrecife has become an extremely desirable destination for ex-pats.

The weather forecast for today was bright throughout our stay here in Lanzarote, which proved to be correct much to the delight of our Bridge officers who pass on this information. 

There were several excursions available this morning, one of which was the Caesar Manrique Foundation. Now I always find this gentleman’s work so fascinating; he was of course an architect who tragically died following a car crash. He has however left behind something fantastic, his house, which was formed out of the craters created by the volcanic rock. Guests who go on this tour never come back disappointed. Not only do they have chance to explore Manrique’s house at their leisure, but they also get the chance to view the amazing mature cactus garden situated in a very picturesque setting with a volcanic back drop.

A drive up to Fire Mountain was quite popular this morning.  This tour gave our guests the chance to view the craters and lava beds within the mountains, and to watch demonstrations on just how hot these are. Later they enjoyed a scenic tour towards the boiling waters of Los Hervideros.

For those who chose to explore Puerto Del Carmen on their own, a bus was arranged to take our guests to the beach, and then collect them again after a full day of exploring. This beach, of course, is one of the island's most favoured beaches, and was enjoyed by all who visited it today.

Lanzarote Panoramic was the most popular tour this morning, it being an excursion which can be enjoyed from the comfort of a seat. Travelling inland to Teguise the Island's old capital, continuing on to Caleta Famara beach and pausing for a photo-stop, before passing through typical Canarian villages such as La Santa, Tinajo, Tiagua ans Mozaga with the opportunity to taste some local treats

Those guests who chose to stay on board I saw enjoying the sunshine on the top decks and cooling off in our fresh salt water pool on deck 11. Others chose to join in with the many games and quizzes on board, even taking part in a table tennis tournament.

As Saga Sapphire set sail, after an exhausting morning for most, a fruit and banana flambé buffet was welcomed by all out on the open veranda deck.

This evening my Officers and I welcomed our Britannia Club members in the Britannia Lounge, for tonight’s Britannia Club Party. Three of our loyal members reached Sapphire status this evening, after sailing for more than 500 nights on our vessels.  At 9:30pm the entertainment began through in the Britannia Lounge with our Opera Singer Kate Dowman singing a range of songs from opera to folk. Kate was truly a pleasure to listen to.

Captain Alistair Mclundie

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