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10th February, 2015

Santa Cruz, Tenerife

MV Saga Sapphire docked in Santa Cruz, Tenerife at 8:00am this morning. Passengers were up early and ready for an exciting morning in port.

There were several organised tours for passengers to choose from including ‘Mount Teide’, ‘Puerto de la Cruz’ which took passengers to a charming resort in the north of the island. The ‘Northern Delights’ tour began with a drive along Maritime Avenue to the charming fishing village of San Andrés, one of the island's oldest settlements, dating from 1497. The village is renowned for its stunning golden beach, Las Teresitas, which was made partly from 216,000 tonnes of sand imported from the former Spanish Sahara. The tour also travelled through the living museum of Mercedes Forest to Pico del Ingles, Mirador del Carmen and Cantera. The ‘Gardens of the Valley’ tour took passengers to visit Jardin Botanico which was founded by the royal decree of Charles III of Spain in 1788, next they visited Risco Bello Water Garden with its lakes and waterfalls and Japanese bridge. The final stop was at Orchid Gardens of Sitio Litre, which has had many distinguished visitors including the famous crime writer Agatha Christie. This tranquil garden is bursting with colour and has the largest collection of orchids in the Canary Islands.

All were back on board by 2:00pm and we will now spend the afternoon and evening at sea as we sail towards our next port of call. This afternoon we held a Tea Dance during our Afternoon Tea with musical accompaniment by Martin Orbidans. Our evening entertainment began with a pre-dinner classical concert performed by Cellist and Soprano Anna Tam. After dinner the main Cabaret Showtime featured Magician Philip Hitchcock. 

Captain Alistair Mclundie

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