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19th January, 2016

Two members of our Explosive Productions group escorted a couple of the shore excursions today.

70 of our guests went on the Fire Mountain excursion, and on one of the coaches was Explosive Dancer Lucy Mays:

The Coach left the ship at 9am and set off to the Fire Mountains, en route passing the Camel Safari! Entering the Timfaynaya National Park it suddenly became very secluded. We drove high up in the mountains to a restaurant and a tour of the lava flows where we were given stones to hold which were piping hot, the guides threw dry branches into a hole in the ground and they went up in flames – quite impressive! Then it was back to the coach for a tour around the volcanos. The bus driver played really eerie music to add to the experience. The last stop was at a lovely vineyard where the views were breath-taking and everyone sampled the local wine. This tour was very interesting and I recommend it for everyone….it was a great day out!

Georgie Taylor, our Dance Captain, went on the Northern Highlights tour:

The first stop was to a local shop were we tried the local wine - even if it was 9.30am! Well, it is an all-inclusive cruise this time, so our guests are becoming used to "manning-up" and starting early! After stopping to take photos at a viewpoint, there was an unexpected visit to an Aloe Vera farm, where we were shown how they cut, grow and use the plant locally, with an opportunity to taste Aloe Vera – something new for many of us. The final stop was at a cave formed by Lava. Inside the cave, at the bottom, was a lagoon with a rare species of Albino Crabs, quite amazing. These caves were stunning to visit, and also have a restaurant and theatre. Well worth a visit!

For those who went ashore independently the complimentary shuttle bus stopped just outside the centre of Arrecife. Many took a stroll up the promenade which is very pleasant, past a beautiful sandy beach where there were plenty of watering holes to stop and people watch from. A 10 minute stroll took our passengers past a very picturesque lake and on to the main shopping street. The January sales were still on, of course, and Cruise Director Jo Boase was yet again seen returning with shopping bags!

Captain Philip Rentell

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