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2nd December, 2019

Lanzarote

A pleasant overnight passage eastwards, passing north of Fuerteventura in the early hours, led us towards Arrecife at daybreak. The wind had increased overnight and we even had a few passing showers to dodge whilst we berthed: this was not in the brochure.

Thankfully the sun came out and remained out for much of the day, and our allocated berth alongside the ‘cruise terminal’ is the closest to town here, allowing a pleasant walk into the marina & fishing harbour area where there are plenty of waterfront bars & restaurants to choose from.

A designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve (is it just me – or does that sound like something NASA have awarded?), Lanzarote’s landscapes have been shaped by a particularly explosive past. Similar to some of the other Canaries, the island’s landscape is mixed with rugged dried lava, to colourful gardens, to unspoilt coastal fishing villages & beaches.

Those wishing to take up the offer of a Saga tour today could choose from experiences such as walking along the ocean floor observing sea-life whilst wearing a silly looking helmet, the artwork of a local but unfortunately deceased chap named Cesar Manrique, a scenic drive around the island, treks around volcano craters, exploring caves & Lanzarote’s highest viewpoints, or even a BBQ by volcano.

For the less adventurous of course there is always the option of remaining on board and eating as much as possible whilst enjoying the sunshine on deck, perhaps punctuated by a little dip in the outdoor pool. Our crew were put through their paces this morning during our weekly fire & abandon ship drill, where we simulated a fire in the carpenter’s workshop and put our fire teams to good use by racing to extinguish said fire in record time. These exercises and similar are held regularly on board, to aid continuing our priority of maintaining the safest ships possible.

It would be a mid-afternoon sail today, as we had much distance to cover later and overnight in order to reach Agadir at a good time in the morning. Therefore, at 15:30 we stated slipping our lines as the gusty north-westerly wind very kindly blew off the berth, saving us some manoeuvring work on the Bridge.

At the same time, on the open decks aft, it was time to don those tight spandex outfits as our guest fitness fanatic ‘Mr Motivator’ ran a special sailaway exercise class…

Captain Kim Tanner

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