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Santa Cruz, Tenerife

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31st March, 2015

MV Saga Sapphire docked in Santa Cruz, Tenerife at 8am this morning to beautiful sunshine. 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 the 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 2pm and headed quickly to feast on the Canary Island BBQ lunch that had been prepared on the Verandah deck. We all then enjoyed a leisurely afternoon and evening at sea. We were treated to fantastic ‘By Request’ show by our resident classical musicians, The Tiffany String Quartet, followed by an amazing section of naughty treats at the chocolate afternoon tea, just impossible to resist. The evening entertainment was just as luxurious with a few untold stories about the Beatles from Sheila Parker (former Tiller Girl), a selection of music for dancing chosen by Nick Miles and played by Blackpool Tower organist Dave Peterson, and the grand finale, our main Showtime, the Virtuoso Flautist Clare Langan.

After a delightful evening, thoroughly enjoyed by all, we headed to bed with our mugs of Horlicks to get some well earned rest before exploring our next wonderful port of call tomorrow morning.

Social Hostess Jemma Thomas

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