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17th January, 2016

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

It was still dark when we picked up the Santa Cruz harbour pilot and aimed, as instructed, for the green light. Not that it was particularly visible as there was a very large brightly lit oil rig just behind. He might just have well said keep the oil rig on your right hand side. In fact it was one of five rigs or drill ships in the vicinity, all laid up because of the present very low oil price

Sunrise, when it came after we had docked, was suitably impressive and the day had warmed up considerably by the time passengers started to come out for their tours. ‘Gardens of the Valley, ‘Northern Delights’ and ‘Mount Teide’ were all on offer as well as a bus transfer to Puerto de la Cruz. A shuttle bus took other folk who wanted to go ashore independently through the port and dropped them off within walking distance of the city. I did take a stroll to stretch my legs later in the afternoon, there were plenty of locals sitting outside cafes watching the world go by, and a distinct smell of garlic prawns from time to time, but being a Sunday not all the shops were open (to some husbands delight no doubt).

Back on board come the evening, Executive Chef George Streeter and his team prepared the most superb Spanish dinner. Served on the Aft Veranda deck, with food being prepared on barbecues, it had great atmosphere and passengers were most impressed.

Another harbour pilot strolled up to the bridge around about 10:30 pm, watched Staff Captain Alex effortlessly take the ship off the berth, and then departed before we had even gone past that green light.

Captain Philip Rentell

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