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27th February, 2015

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

I opted to take the southern route, clockwise around Gran Canaria, to ensure a more comfortable passage to Tenerife. Even so, there were a few hours later in the night when the bridge officer reported first twenty knot winds from the south, then thirty knot winds from the north. Fortunately few of the guests noticed the lumpy seas and by seven in the morning, when they all started to emerge from their slumbers, we had taken our pilot and entered the harbour. In total there were five ships alongside and we had to slot in between two ‘icebergs’ as I tend to call them. Large vessels with thousands of passengers.

We had a morning taken up by a crew drill but not before I checked the morning tours departing. Some of more athletic folks went off on a hiking tour up Mount Teidi, which I can only imagine might have been a touch chilly, but they all arrived back safely without mention of frostbite. There was a transfer down to Puerto de la Cruz for those who wished to amble around the pretty village in warm sunshine and then there was ‘Sunset and Stars on Teide’ which apparently was superb. Excellent restaurant, good food and local wine had them coming back to the ship shortly before sailing with somewhat contented smiles upon their faces. Splendid.

With a slow run up to Madeira and a day at sea in which to do it, I opted to stay until close to sunrise. We had to leave in good time to let the next ‘big’ ship in, so we pulled out with the minimum of fuss, a gentle breeze lifting us off the quay wall.

Captain Philip Rentell

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