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17th February, 2018


We had been heading towards the Cape Verde Islands, but against exceptionally strong trade winds, associated bow seas and the prevailing current. For the comfort of our passengers we weren’t able to make best speed, so we took the decision to proceed direct to the Canaries and replace the call at Porto Praia with a full day call to Tenerife. That’s one of the many great things about Saga, in that if we have to cancel a port for weather then we always look to find a replacement. Tenerife was a great success as we caught the last day of a week-long Carnival – but more about that later.

With a few more days at sea before Tenerife we had a fantastic Valentine’s Ball. To kick things off the Officers, Entertainments Team and Spa Staff were on stage with a great dance routine. After this it was time to meet up with our first dance partner as listed on our “dance card”. All those participating in the dancing were given a dance card with names drawn out of a hat. Well it really was an excellent night and wonderful to see so many of my team joining in – our Guests certainly appreciated it.

So back to Tenerife, and we shaped up for the Pilot, embarking him at 0645. We then proceeded direct our berth to be alongside at 0715 in Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz is one of the two largest metropolitan areas in the Canaries and is second only to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

There were a couple of tours on offer today “Guimar Pyramids & Candelaria” and “La Laguna and Tasting” . The pyramids tour was a new one for Saga and thoroughly enjoyed by our Guests, as of course was the Laguna and Tasting!! For those that headed into Santa Cruz they had a real Carnival experience with just about the whole Island attending and everyone dressed up. I headed ashore in the afternoon to “soak up” the atmosphere of the Carnival before I headed off for a 25km cycle ride.

With everyone on board by 2000 we slipped our lines, “backed up” all the way out of the harbour and then with the pilot disembarked as we were moving astern, we swung the ship round and headed for Lanzarote.

Captain Julian Burgess

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