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15th January, 2018


After a comfortable passage in the 'lee' of Grand Canaria and the SE'ly shores of Tenerife, we shaped up for the Pilot, embarking him at 0645. It was going to be a busy day in port with our little sister Saga Pearl II, and the Queen Mary, in port with us. We took early doors and arrived first, of course!!

It was an interesting arrival as the pilot had originally been allocated to Saga Pearl II, also due in this morning, and told us we were docking at their berth which was too shallow for us!! After a quick chat and clarification that he was on the mighty Saga Sapphire, all was resolved and after swinging on arrival we were promptly alongside at 0730 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. Tenerife is a great destination for excursions. Whether doing one of the half day experiences or the longer tour up to Mount Teide, it's a great stop. We actually had 5 tours on offer that day so definitely something for everyone.

Saga Pearl II arrived very shortly after us, berthing directly astern and within easy walking distance. It was a wonderful opportunity for both Guests and Crew to visit each other’s ship, and even better sample the afternoon tea. Captain Kim Tanner came over from Pearl, along with the Chief Officer from the Queen Mary, and we had a most enjoyable lunch catching up and spinning a few yarns.

We had a slightly delayed departure due to the late arrival of our re-fueling barge and then just as we were ready to go two ferries arrived, and as they always have priority we waited patiently for them to depart. We got away at 1945, and once clear of the port headed for Vigo on the NW corner of Spain.

Captain Julian Burgess

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