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Arrecife, Lanzarote

Saga Sapphire blog - Captains' blogs

14th November, 2015

Our first of four Canary Island ports in a row commenced today with Arrecife, Lanzarote, a volcanic island designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with landscapes and scenery that have been shaped by an explosive past. A great selection of restaurants serving a wide range of local specialities along with the virtual absence of rain and the benefit of duty free shopping make the island an extremely desirable holiday destination. Arrecife itself is the main port and capital and is a pleasant town with a modern seafront and colourful gardens.

Once again there was a selection of tours for our passengers to enjoy first of which was ‘Lanzarote Panoramic’. This allowed our passengers a relaxing and scenic drive through some of the prettiest and most unspoilt areas on the island. With regular stops for photographs and chances to experience the local food and culture, it proved to be a very popular choice amongst our guests and a fine way to see this attractive part of the world.

Another popular tour was ‘Fire Mountain’ with a visit to this incredible site and a chance to learn about some of the history that has helped to shape the island over the years. It is hard to imagine the eruptions of the 1730s, when the volcanoes in the Timanfaya area erupted for six years and covered nearly a third of the island with lava. A chance to stop at Janubio with its salt pit crater, where vegetables are grown in fields of lava pellets and grapes are cultivated in cinder pits is also an amazing sight and something that is not easily forgotten.

Once everyone was back onboard our passengers joined the Cruise Staff on the open decks for a drink at sailaway before heading to their cabins to prepare for another sumptuous dinner served up by our fantastic Executive Chef Thierry and his team.

Captain Wesley Dunlop

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